Douglas Baker, ’80 BPE
Doug Baker played Golden Bears basketball from 1974 to 1977, including two years as captain, and was a three-time Wardlaw Porteous Trophy recipient for most valuable player. After setting four team records, including career scoring average and field goals, he went on to play two years of professional basketball in Belgium, followed by 25 years of senior men’s basketball in Edmonton. During Baker's 30 years of volunteer and professional coaching, he worked with hundreds of students of all ages and genders before returning to UAlberta to coach Pandas basketball from 1991 to 1996. Baker says his greatest satisfaction comes from using his experiences to mentor other coaches at the start of their career and from watching his son, Jordan, play for the Canadian national basketball team.
David Thomas Breakwell, ’79 BCom
In each of the three seasons that David Breakwell played for the Golden Bears hockey team, from 1976 through ‘79, the team made the national championships, cementing its legacy in the Edmonton Sports and Alberta Hockey halls of fame. A former president of the Golden Bear Hockey Alumni Association, Breakwell received his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 1982 and has held senior executive positions in the public and private sector, including the last 13 years as an Assistant Deputy Minister in Alberta’s Energy, Health and Infrastructure departments. He has remained connected to the hockey community for 38 years, volunteering with the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association as a coach, manager and mentor. He has coached more than 800 players, including 14 who have played in the NHL and two Olympic gold medallists.
Rob Daum, ’82 BPE, ’84 BEd
In the world of hockey, Rob Daum’s name is followed by a list of records and a reputation as one of the finest technical coaches in professional hockey. As the head coach of the Golden Bears from 1995 to 2005, he led the team to three national championships and nine consecutive national competitions. He coached the second-most games in Alberta men’s hockey history, was named Canada West’s coach of the year five times and national coach of the year twice. After the Bears, Daum became assistant coach of the Austrian national team, participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics, then coached the Austrian Hockey League team EHC Black Wings Linz, leading the team to the most wins in the history of the league. Daum is currently coaching the Iserlohn Roosters in the DEL in Germany.
Pandas Rugby ’99-‘03
The five seasons between 1999 and 2003 were a golden age for Pandas rugby, with the teams winning the Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships for five consecutive years. Coach Helen Wright, ‘94 BA, was named the Canada West Coach of the Year three times between 1999 and 2002 for her leadership of the team. These landmark seasons also boasted a bevy of individual player accomplishments, with five Pandas receiving CIS Player of the Year awards and three winning CIS Tournament MVP awards. Nine players from this period went on to play for the Canadian national team and many more have returned to support Pandas rugby as assistant coaches, team managers and sports medicine surgeons.