Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees
Erin (Gallagher) Loughnane, Athlete
Erin (Gallagher) Loughnane (Radio and Television Arts, 2006) made an immediate impact when she joined the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team in 2002. The Toronto native received the Ryerson Female Rookie ofthe Year award in 2003, finishing 10th in the OUA and 30th in the CIS in kills. A three-time team captain, her success earned her a nomination for Ryerson Female Athlete of the Year in not only her rookie season but each of her four years with the team. She would receive the Female Athlete of the Year honour in her junior season of 2004-05. In her final year with the team, Erin received the OUA Women of Influence Award and the Dennis Mock Leadership Award. She was also a CIS Academic all-Canadian. Erin was named an all-star in each of her four years with the Rams, finishing her career with two OUA first-team all-star selections and two OUA second-team all-star selections.
Stephanie (Poulin) Veltmann, Builder
Stephanie (Poulin) Veltmann (Fashion Communication, 2009) got the wheels turning on bringing a women’s hockey team to Ryerson when she first came to the school. She campaigned for a team for two years before taking matters into her own hands and organizing a team that would practice on a weekly basis. The team found success in 2007 by winning a tournament which initiated a phone call to President Sheldon Levy. Levy gave the team a green light and $16,500 in financial assistance under the name Stingers. Stephanie would bring along her entire family, father Harvey as head coach, her brother Derek as assistant coach and her mother Lorraine as trainer to help lead the team in its inaugural season in the Tier 4 division of the Golden Blades Women’s Hockey League. The team would go on to win the league championship that year. Stephanie’s hard work eventually paid off in 2011 when women’s hockey was finally brought under the Ryerson Rams varsity umbrella, making their debut in the CIS on September 16.
Zebras Men's Soccer
OIAA CHAMPIONS 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968
In 1964, the Ryerson Zebras soccer team joined the Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association and found immediate success. It would be the start of a dynasty, with the team winning five-straight OIAA championships and becoming one of the most successful teams in Ryerson history. Under coach Hector Massey for the first three seasons, the team defeated Osgoode Hall 3-0 to win their first championship in 1964. In 1965, it would see the return of seven players from the previous year. They would once again beat Osgood Hall 4-1 to win their second straight title. The 1966 team would see a great recruiting class with the likes of Nelville Glanville who played two years with the Jamaican national team, Val Felix and Gregory Zorbas. They would allow a total of four goals in the regular season and beat Hamilton Institute of Technology 1-0 to win their third straight title. Tarik Yarkut would join the team as head coach in 1967 and with 10 returnees from the previous season, would easily win the league title. In 1968, Pat O’Connor would captain the team that would defeat Trent 2-0 in the championship tournament. Keeper Bob Pugh would be named the most outstanding player of the tournament, not allowing a goal in three games.