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Darcey Busse (MVB | Student-athlete)

NAME: Darcey Busse

UNIVERSITY: Saskatchewan

CATEGORY: Student-Athlete

SPORT: Men’s Volleyball

YEARS ACTIVE: 1979-1986


  • Two-time CIAU Player of the Year and All-Canadian (1984, 1986)

  • Five-Time Canada West First Team All-Star (1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986)

  • Three-time Canada West champion (1980, 1985, 1986)

  • Silver medal representing Canada at 1983 University Games


Darcey Busse was one of the country’s finest university volleyball players during the 1980s with a standout career at the University of Saskatchewan.

The native of Moose Jaw made history as the first student-athlete to be named player of the year in Canadian men’s university volleyball on multiple occasions, receiving the honour in 1984 and 1986. He was a Canada West All-Star in all five of his seasons, two-time Canada West Player of the Year, and earned CIAU All-Canadian selections in 1984 and 1986.

With the Huskies, Busse won the Canada West title and advanced to the CIAU championship tournament on three occasions (1985-87). At nationals, the Huskies captured silver in 1980 and 1985 and bronze in 1986, with Busse being named a tournament all-star the latter two years.

Busse capped his career receiving the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as U of S Male Athlete of the Year in 1985-86.

Busse was a member of the Canadian Men’s Junior Team from 1978 to 1980, and the Senior Team from 1982 to 1983. He won a silver with Team Canada at Universiade 1983 in Edmonton.

Following graduation from university, Busse became a high school teacher in Outlook, Sask., where he spearheaded the formation of the first high school football team in the town’s history.

Busse passed away in May 2008. He is a member of the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame (class of 1994), Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame (2009), and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (2012).

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