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Dick White (Builder)



NAME: Dick White

UNIVERSITY: Regina

CATEGORY: Builder

SPORT: Open

YEARS ACTIVE: 1981 - 2014


HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Twenty years as Director of Athletics at the University of Regina

  • President of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) from 2005 to 2009 and 2013-14.

  • U of R Sports Hall of Fame, Regina Sports Hall of Fame, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame inductee

  • 2018 U SPORTS Austin-Matthews Award winner

BIOGRAPHY:

Dick White spent more than three decades at the University or Regina, including a 20-year tenure as Director of Athletics, overseeing a period which saw the number of teams more than double.


After starting his involvement with Cougar athletics in 1981 working as an administrative assistant and later as an athletics coordinator, White took over as director of athletics in 1995.


White was instrumental in bringing varsity football to the university with a community partnership model that saw the junior Regina Rams join Canada West prior to the 1999 season. Under his leadership, the school also added varsity teams in cross country, women’s hockey, women’s soccer, swimming, and track and field.

After assuming his role as director of athletics, White saw Regina’s varsity teams combine for three national championships and 17 conference championships.


Between 2002 and 2013, the school hosted five national championships, including women's hockey, women's basketball, and women's volleyball.


From 2005 to 2009 and again during the 2013-14 season, White held the role as president of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Additionally, he spent two years as president of Canada West and served as a chef de mission for Team Canada at the 2005 Winter Universiade in Innsbruck, Austria.


After 34 years working at the University of Regina, White retired in 2014. He remains active in the campus community.


White is a member of the University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame, the Regina Sports Hall of Fame, and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. In 2018, White received the Austin-Matthews Award, which U SPORTS presents annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to interuniversity sport as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership.

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