Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees
Norm McClelland, Builder
Norm McClelland coached the Ryerson men’s hockey team for eight seasons from 1951 to 1959. During those eight seasons, Ryerson won the league championship six times. The team captured the Minor College Hockey League (MCHL) title in 1951-1952 before winning four straight Central Ontario Hockey Association (COHA) championships from 1953 to 1957. McClelland would guide Ryerson a perfect 10-0 record and the inaugural Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OIAA) title in 1958-1959. The 1958-59 team was inducted into the Ryerson University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Three players from McClelland’s team have also been inducted into the Ryerson University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Arif Nathoo, Builder
Arif Nathoo served as the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball coach from 1995 to 2005. Nathoo took over a team that won just 21 matches in the 16 years prior to his arrival. As a part-time coach, he built the program into a consistent playoff contender and was able to attract several blue chip recruits including 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Erin (Gallagher) Loughnane. In 2001-2002, Nathoo led the Rams to an OUA silver medal and an appearance at the CIS national championship, the first appearance ever by a female Ryerson team at a national championship. He coached 10 OUA all-stars and in 1999-2000, became the first Ryerson women’s volleyball coach to win the OUA Coach of the Year award.
Sandy Pothier, Builder
Sandy Pothier was the head coach of the Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team for 18 seasons (1992-2010). More than 220 varsity players proudly came through her program, including 32 OUA All-Stars and major award winners. After playing basketball at Dalhousie University and the University of Victoria, she played professionally in Germany and retired to coach there before returning to Canada and taking over the Rams. Pothier also was an apprentice coach for Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team and a scouting coach at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She spent five years coaching Ontario Basketball programs and was a head coach of the Centre for Performance for four years. Pothier was inducted into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
Men's Curling, Team
1960 & 1961
In the early 1960’s, Ryerson was a curling powerhouse, winning back-to-back Ontario Intercollegiate Athletic Association (OIAA) tiles in 1960 and 1961.The championship format both years was double team competition with each university sending two teams to compete for the Mutual Life Trophy. Led by skips Grant Bailey and Brian MacLennan in 1960, Ryerson eliminated Assumption and Osgoode before defeating McMaster in the championship match. Bailey returned the following year along with Brad Sumner, who skipped Ryerson’s other team. The two teams combined for victories over the Ontario Agriculture College (OAC) and Waterloo College. In the championship final, Ryerson defeated the University of Toronto by a combined score of 23-15 to capture a second straight Mutual Life Trophy. 1960 championship team members: Brian MacLennan (skip), Mel Dick, Bill Hartley and Terrence MacSweeney; Grant Bailey (skip), Tom Howat, Don Mackey and Dave Brown. 1961 championship team members: Grant Bailey (skip), Tom Howat, Don Mackey and Dave Brown; Bradley Sumner (skip), Jack Ward, Lorne Ogmundson and Jim Lusby.