Throughout his career, whether it was his five seasons as a member of the Golden Bears basketball program, or his 25 years plus of teaching and coaching within the community, Sean Chursinoff has built an incredible foundation for success and left a legacy of positive change.
Sean established himself as one of the best university basketball players in Canada between 1985 and 1990, as well as a leader who established the base that led to the Golden Bears becoming an established national power. Across his five seasons Chursinoff was a two-time Canada West All-Star, a CIAU First Team All-Canadian, a two-time Wardlaw Porteous Trophy winner as team MVP, and the 1990 Wilson Challenge Trophy winner as the UAlberta Male Athlete of the Year.
He helped the team to a Canada West title in 1990, as well as the program’s first ever national number one ranking. At the end of his Evergreen & Gold career, Chursinoff held as many as eight team records and still holds, as of 2019, four team records (career free throws made - 398, single season free throws - 152, single season free throws attempted - 184 and single season assists - 115).
Sean’s greatest legacy, however, is his incredible on-court leadership and indomitable will to win. Often regarded as the catalyst that led to the back-to-back national championship titles the Golden Bears won in 1994 and 1995, Sean’s play and leadership as a Golden Bear became the team standard and set the program on a trajectory to become national champions and an established force on the Canadian university basketball scene.
Those traits have continued in his time as an alumnus, where he has had a tremendous impact on people, and in the communities of Calgary where he has taught both math and science courses at the Calgary Academy of Designated Special Education for over 28 years. In that time, he also built both a basketball and golf program for the kids at the Academy, and has coached the programs to great success both provincially and internationally. Perhaps most importantly, he has inspired new generations of athletes to be their personal best and to develop a passion and love for the game.
On the hard-court or in the classroom, Sean Chursinoff has been the spark for future success, and is a welcome addition to the UAlberta Sports Wall of Fame.