Jason Haldane - Player
The most decorated Wolves athlete of all time, Jason has performed at the highest levels in his sport. His career started at GPRC playing with the GPRC Wolves from 1990 – 1992. During that time, Jason earned two ACAC All Conference Team selections and a CCAA All Canadian. The team captured the ACAC Silver medal and the CCAA Bronze medal in the 1991-92 season.
Following an outstanding college career, Jason joined Canada’s National team program and played professionally in Europe. In his 12 year tenure with the Canadian National Team, Jason played in more than 300 international matches. This included World Cups in 1995 and 2003 and World Championships in 1994, 1998, and 2002. He received the Best Blocker Award at the 1995 World Cup held in Japan. As a member of Team Great Britain, Jason participated in the sport of volleyball at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
His professional career included paying in Belgium, France, Italy, Greece Russia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Individually, he won the MVP Award at the 2001 France Cup and the 2001 Best Blocker Award in the Champions League. The team successes include the 1999 European Cup Champions, 2000 European Super Cup Champions, 2001 Champions League Champions, 2001, 2005, & 2006 French Cup Champions, 2003 Greek Champions, and 2008 Runner-up European Challenge Cup.
Jason has been playing volleyball at an international level for over 20 years and has been recognized as one of the best players in the world. To maintain this performance level for this period of time is a credit to his talent, his perseverance and his character.
The Funk Family - Players
Tanya Walker (nee Funk)
Tanya played two years with the GPRC Wolves, 1992/93 & 1993/94. Her solid play was instrumental in the Wolves winning an ACAC Silver medal while she amassed a number of individual awards. Her awards include the Rookie of the Year, ACAC Athlete of the Week, ACAC All Conference Team and the CCAA Athlete of the Month Award. Tanya was a member of the Wolves Alumni team that won the Alberta Senior Women’s Championships. Once her playing days were done she moved to coaching in the Wolves Club system and in the junior high school system. She has coached in Beaverlodge, Hythe and Elmworth.
Rick played his entire career with the GPRC Wolves from 1997/98 to 2000/01. He was selected to two ACAC All Conference Teams and received a CCAA Athlete of the Month award. Rick was a member of the three teams that participated in the CCAA Nationals held at GPRC. The teams won two CCAA Silver medals and one CCAA Bronze medal. Rick coached in the Wolves Club system and officiated at the ACAC level.
Brad played with the GPRC Wolves in 1995/96, three seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, and then returned to the 1999/00 Wolves. During his time at GPRC, he garnered two ACAC All Conference Team selections and was named to the CCAA Nationals Tournament All Star Team. The teams won an ACAC Silver medal and a CCAA Bronze medal. While attending the University of Alberta, Brad attended three CIS National Championships winning one National Title.
Bryan (Bones) Funk
“Bones” played three seasons at GPRC, 1990/91 – 1992/93, and one at the Univesity of Alberta. While with the Wolves, Bryan won a number of awards including a CCAA Athlete of the Month, two ACAC All Conference Team selections and a CCAA All Canadian. The teams won two ACAC Silver medals and a CCAA Bronze medal. Bryan was an Assistant Coach with the Wolves for five years which included two CCAA Silver medals and one CCAA Bronze medal.
Harry Stevens - Builder
Coach, Instructor, Administrator
Harry has had a significant impact on the growth and development of the Wolves Athletics program. During his tenure with the department of Physical Education, Athletics and Kinesiology he has guided the program to be recognized provincially, nationally and internationally.
Since arriving at Grande Prairie Regional College in 1980, Harry has taken on numerous roles within the department such as instructor, coach, Athletic Director and Chair. His impact did not end there as he was instrumental in founding a number of programs including the first Multi Sport Development Centre in Alberta, the Wolf Pac Booster Club, and the Wolf Pac Booster Club Endowment Fund.
One of the most noticeable areas of Harry’s impact was his dedication to the student-athlete.He would never compromise the student-athlete in their pursuit of excellence in athletics and academics. His desire was for each student-athlete to achieve, or perhaps, surpass their potential as players and persons.
Harry represented GPRC at ACAC meetings for over 20 years. This included work on a number of committees and being the Women’s Volleyball Convenor. In addition, he was the Marketing Director for the CCAA Badminton National Championships and the Technical Coordinator for the Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Championships hosted by GPRC.
Harry made a major contribution as GPRC hosted a string of CCAA National Championships that received “Best Ever” status setting new standards of hosting in Canada. Otherareas of note include his work with the Mini-Basketball Program, the introduction of Soccer into the Wolves program and initiating GPRC’s Fitness Leadership Program.
It is this leadership that has made GPRC Wolves Athletics one of the best Athletic Programs in the nation.
Derek Nicoll - Player
Derek played with the Wolves Volleyball Program from 1993 to 1996. During that period of time he achieved many successes. These included being named Captain all 3 years, named an ACAC All Star all 3 years, ACAC Conference Champions in 1993, and being named CCAA All Canadian in 1996.
His success did not end there. He played Dwith the University of Alberta Golden Bears Volleyball Program from 1996 to 1998. In that time he was named CIS Tournament All Canadian in 1998 the year he Co-Captained the team. The Golden Bears also won the CIS National Championship in 1997 and the CIS Bronze Medal in 1998.
It has been stated that Derek changed the way volleyball was played due to his tenacity on the court. Not a tall player, he played tall. He was a force on the court and one that could not be underestimated. He paved the way for other players to take on roles not normally seen by players of that stature.
The volleyball career of Derek Nicoll did not end with playing. During his playing career Derek coached with Volleyball Club program and carried on coaching after his playing days were done. He has coached with the NAIT Volleyball Program and the University of Alberta Golden Bears and the Harry Ainlay High School Boys Program.
Ryan Pomeroy - Player
Ryan has had an exceptional volleyball career that includes playing with Canada’s National Program and playing professionally in Europe. He played with the GPRC Wolves Volleyball Program from 1997 to 2000. During that time, the Wolves Volleyball Team experienced their most successful medal run. The medals included 1 ACAC Bronze Medal, 2 ACAC Silver Medals, 1 CCAA Bronze Medal and 2 CCAA Silver Medals. These came as the College hosted the most successful back to back to back CCAA Men’s Volleyball Nationals. Ryan was also named an ACAC All Star in 2 of his seasons.
Following his stellar career with the Wolves Ryan moved on to the University of Manitoba Bison’s. During his time with the Bison’s he was named first team All Canadian and won the CIS National Championship.
His success with college and university volleyball carried over to his time with Canada’s National Volleyball Program. Ryan was a part of the team that won Canada’s first ever NORCECA Zone Championships and then placed 5th at the World Championships.
As he was not yet done playing the game, Ryan moved to Europe where he played professionally for 3 seasons. He played with teams in Germany, United Arab Emirates, and Portugal. Since his return home to Grande Prairie he has been active playing Senior Men’s Volleyball and running Volleyball Camps.
Doug Morris – Builder
Coached Wolves Badminton 1979-82
Wolf Pac Booster Club Chairman 1983-86
Doug started his long association with Grande Prairie Regional College in 1976 as a student-athlete. Over the course of three seasons, he played basketball, volleyball, golf and badminton. In 1978 and 1980 he was awarded the badminton Most Valuable Player. While still a player, Doug assumed the coaching duties in 1979 and over the years has guided the team to bronze medals in 1988 and 1989 and a silver medal in 1992. Doug was named ACAC Coach-of-the-Year in an unprecedented four consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1990 and was selected as the CCAA Badminton Coach-of-the-Year in 1986-87.
As a tireless promoter of badminton in the Peace Region and throughout the province, Doug has conducted numerous camps and clinics and hosted several tournaments. His volunteer contribution is considerable; he has formerly been the President of the Alberta Badminton Association, ACAC Badminton Convenor, a Director of Badminton Canada, Tournament chairperson for the 1993 CCAA National Championships, and the Badminton Director for the 1995 Canada Winter Games bid committee.
An enthusiastic supporter of the College, Doug has been a long time member of the Wolf Pac Booster Club, including two terms as Chairman. He is a former member of the Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation, and has formerly acted as Vice-Chairman of the College Classic Golf Committee.
The Doucette Sisters – Players
From the small northern Alberta town of Falher came a group of sisters who displayed a volleyball brilliance that has seldom been seen. Isabelle Doucette established the tradition during the 1977-78 season and was followed by younger sisters Marie in 1982 and Dorine in 1983.
Isabelle Gervais (nee Doucette)
Isabelle participated in numerous sports while attending Ecole Routhier in Falher and was named Athlete-of-the-Year. She then attended the College in 1977-78. During that season she was team captain and most valuable player and was also voted GPRC Female Athlete-of-the-Year. With Isabelle leading the way the team captured silver medals in both ACAC and Four West competition.
After Grande Prairie Regional College, Isabelle attended the University of Alberta and completed her Bachelor or Education degree. During that time she represented Alberta at the 1979 Canada Winter Games in Brandon and participated in the Western Canada Games in Saskatoon.
Marie Brucker (nee Doucette)
Marie was a multi-sport standout at Ecole Routhier as she participated in track, basketball, fastball, curling, badminton, and volleyball. She captained the school volleyball team to the provincial championship in 1981.
In 1982, Marie joined the College team and played for two seasons as one of the outstanding middle players in the ACAC. She achieved ACAC All-Star status and was the 1983 Female Athlete –of-the-Year at Grande Prairie Regional College.
Following her time in Grande Prairie, Marie completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta and stared a career as an elementary school teacher. She has remained active playing fastball and volleyball.
Dorine Smawley (nee Doucette)
Dorine was a standout athlete in high school as well. Following Marie’s footsteps she captained Ecole Routhier to another provincial title in 1982. She also played on Alberta’s provincial volleyball team in 1980 and 1981.
For the 1983-84 season, Dorine joined the GPRC women’s volleyball team and, with sister Marie, led the team to the silver medal. For her efforts she was chosen as ACAC All-Star and received the Grande Prairie Regional College Female Athlete-of-the-Year award. The next season, Dorine moved on to Red Deer College where she was selected as a CCAA All-Canadian and received the Red Deer College Athlete-of-the-Year award.
Patti Lanigan (nee Johnson) – Player
Wolves Basketball 1983-85
Patti graduated from E.W Pratt High School in High Prairie, and enrolled in the Bachelor of Physical Education program at Grande Prairie Regional College in 1983. At the college, she distinguished herself as a basketball player.
The womens’ wolves basketball team was the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference gold medal winner in 1984-85 and Patti achieved many individual honors as a team member. She was chosen to the ACAC First All-Star Team, averaging 20 points per game. She was named Most Valuable Player in three Canadian Colleges Athletic Association Championship games, averaging 28 points per game, leading the team to a bronze medal. Patti was Grande Prairie Regional College’s Athlete-of-the-Year for 1984-85. She also won a silver medal with the Laurentian University basketball team at the Canadian Championships in 1987.
Patti went on to earn an Honor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario (1987) and then a Recreation Therapy Diploma from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta (1991).
Bob Waldenberger – Builder
Chairperson, Physical Education and Athletics Department
Coached Football, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Golf 1967-80
Bob arrived at the college in 1966 from the University of Oregon. He was one of the original faculty members of this college and proceeded to establish the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. During the early years, Bob not only taught physical education courses and directed student services, but also kept busy with a heavy coaching load. His coaching duties over the years included volleyball, football, basketball, hockey and golf. He completed his Ph.D. in Physical Education at the University of Oregon in 1975. Bob was also very involved in college committee work and served a term as President of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.
In addition to providing leadership I the college program Bob coached hockey, golf, skiing, and gymnastics in the Grande Prairie Community. Bob is a Grande Prairie Gymniks founder and acted as the President of this organization. He was also a founding member of the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program.
Since leaving the college in 1980 to pursue a business career, Bob has maintained a college connection by serving as a member of the Board of Governors from 1985 to 1991. He was Vice Chairman of the board for a term and Chairman of the Building Committee for the new college expansion project. He was also a member of the 25th Anniversary Committee.
Bob’s legacy lives through the creation of an atmosphere of commitment and excellence, starting in 1966 carried forward to the present time.
Ritchie Hosker – Player
Men’s Volleyball & Golf 1983-86
Originally from Fort St. John, B.C., Ritch demonstrated his athletic prowess early by capturing the North Peace Secondary School Athlete-of-the-Year in 1983. He then moved on to Grande Prairie Regional College where he was a volleyball standout for three seasons while also competing with the golf team. Over the course of his three years at GPRC, the volleyball team moved from also-ran status to capture the ACAC bronze medal in his last season.
During each of the 1984/85 and 1985/86 seasons, Ritch was voted both an ACAC All-Star and the Grande Prairie Regional College Male Athlete-of-the-Year. In addition to his other awards, Ritch consistently captured All-Star and Most Valuable Player honors at numerous Tournaments.
He was an outstanding setter with the ability to attack when necessary. Ritch was generally recognized as the best one-on-one blocker in the league.
After leaving College, Ritch completed his Bachelor of Physical Education degree at the University of Alberta. He has remained active in sport working as a golf professional in Fort St. John and participating in volleyball, both as a player and a coach. Ritch has also taught in the Fort St. John School District.
Ralph Brust – Player
Wolves Curling 1985-87
Ralph attended E.W. Pratt High School in High Prairie where he competed in basketball, volleyball, track and field and curling. After being named best male athlete in curling and volleyball, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Physical Education program at Grande Prairie Regional College in 1985.
While at the College, Ralph established himself as one of the top curlers in Wolves history. In 1987, he skipped the mixed curling team (Karen Brust, Todd Zukewich and Rhonda Berg) to both the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and Canadian College Athletic Association titles. As a result, he was awarded the best curler trophy and was named Grande Prairie Regional College’s Male Athlete-of-the-Year.
Ralph went on to finish his Bachelor of Physical Education degree at the University of Alberta and has continued to curl at a high level. Since 1989, he has played second for the Mike Vavrek rink, twice runner-up at the Alberta Tankard. Ralph won the 1994 Alberta mixed Championship and finished 4th at the Canadian Mixed Championship.
Lee Tipman – Player
Wolves Basketball, Badminton, Cross-Country Running 1973-75
Lee came to Grande Prairie Regional College in 1973 as a Bachelor of Physical Education student. While at the college, he competed in basketball, badminton and cross-country running. He received the award as top Bachelor of Physical Education student and was named GPRC’s Male Athlete-of-the-Year in 1974.
Following his time at Grande Prairie Regional College, Lee attended the University of Calgary where he played volleyball for the Dinosaurs. He was named a Western Canadian All-Star in 1977 as the Dinosaur’s won the Western Canadian Championships.
Since graduating with his Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1977, Lee taught school in Grimshaw for 19 years, obtained his masters degree in Educational Administration from the U of C in 1996, and is currently the principal of David Thompson High School in Condor, Alberta.
Lee has continued to play volleyball at a high level as a member of senior provincial championship teams. He has also distinguished himself as a badminton and volleyball coach at the high school level with provincial gold medals in both sports. In addition to receiving coaching and teaching excellence awards, Lee has been a mentor to several former players who are coaching volleyball at the post-secondary level. Lee is currently assistant coach with the Red Deer College Kings Men’s Volleyball team.
Heather Nedohin (nee Godberson) – Player
Wolves Women’s Curling 1993-95
Heather came to Grande Prairie in 1993 from Fort St. John and immediately began her successful journey to the pinnacle of women’s curling. During her two years with the Wolves, Heather skipped the women’s team to two ACAC gold medals and was selected as the all-star skip both seasons, as well as a co-winner of the Female Athlete-of-the-Year award in 1994-95
As much as Heather enjoyed tremendous success at GPRC, it was only the beginning for her as she moved into junior and ladies competition. In 1996, she was the skip of the Alberta championship rink that eventually swept to victory at the Canadian Junior and World Junior Championships. Heather was honored as the all-star skip at the Canadian Championship.
The next step for Heather saw her playing third on the rink that won the 1997 and 1998 Alberta Championship, and the 1998 Canadian Championship. Heather’s stellar play at Canadians earned her a selection to the second all-star team in both 1997 and 1998. Her Team Canada rink then placed third at the 1998 World Championship and also earned a gold medal at the Olympic Commemorative Games in Nagano in 1999. Heather’s Team Canada rink then finished a close second at the 1999 Canadian Championship and she was chosen as the first team all-star third.
Heather received a Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1997.
Hideo Fukushima – Builder
Coach, Instructor, Administrator 1969-79
Hideo was one of the driving forces behind the development of the Grande Prairie Regional College Physical Education and Athletics program throughout the 1970’s. At various times he served as an instructor, basketball coach, department chairman, and athletic director. As a tireless organizer of clinics and tournaments, he was instrumental in the growth of athletics throughout the Peace Region. He served on a committee that helped develop the National Coaching Certification Program, and also made a lasting contribution in founding the Wolves Mini-Basketball program which has seen thousands of Grande Prairie’s children participate over the years.
In addition to the major roles he played within the Physical Education and Athletic Department, Hideo was heavily involved in all other aspects of college life. He was an inspiration to all with his contagious enthusiasm and positive outlook.
Since leaving the college, Hideo has continued his involvement with sports as an avid participant. Within the community he continues to be active in a number of different organizations such as Summer Games 2000, and Real Estate Board and Rotary Club.
Greg Sale – Player
Wolves Basketball 1991-93
Greg came to Grande Prairie Regional College for the 1991-92 season after playing for D.P. Todd Secondary in Prince George. He was instrumental in a dramatic turnaround in the Wolves’ fortunes as he eventually lead the team to a thrilling Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championship in 1992-93. His impressive list of personal accomplishments included two team MVP awards, two ACAC All-Conference team selections, an ACAC Academic All-Conference award, a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Academic All-Canadian award, an all-star selection at the 1993 CCAA National Championships, and the 1992-93 GPRC Male Athlete-of-the-Year award.
After two years in Grande Prairie, Greg moved on to the University of Alberta where his talent and superior work ethic continued to make him worthy of being closely associated with success. Greg played a key role for the Golden Bears as they won Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union National Championships in his first two years in Edmonton, and finished second at Nationals in his third and final year of eligibility at the University of Alberta.
Greg graduated from U. of A. in 1996 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and then successfully articled to become a chartered accountant. He continued his involvement in basketball in his native Prince George by coaching at the College of New Caledonia as well as the University of Northern British Columbia.
Shelly Comadina – Player
Lady Wolves Basketball 1987-89
Shelly enrolled at Grande Prairie Regional College after attending the Prince Rupert High School where she enjoyed a successful basketball career as a member of the Rainbirds.
While at the College, Shelly distinguished herself as the leading member of the Lady Wolves form 1987 to 1989. During that time she led the team in scoring steals and minutes played and was awarded the ACAC All Conference status in 1989. The highlight of her career was being named an All-Star at the 1989 CCAA National Championships as the Lady Wolves captured the bronze medal.
Shelly was the Lady Wolves MVP in 1988 and again in 1989 when she was also honored as Grande Prairie Regional College’s Female Athlete-of-the-Year.
Shelly is currently living on the West Coast where she is furthering her studies in Physical Education.
Kelly Ohlhauser – Builder
Coach – Men’s and Women’s Basketball 1984-2002
Kelly Ohlhauser came to Grande Prairie Regional College in 1984 to become the Wolves Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach. He held both of these coaching positions for 17 years. He was one of only three people in North America to hold both coach positions in a post-secondary league.
Upon completion of his 17 years, or 34 seasons, Kelly has left an impressive record. Over the years, his players have received 29 ACAC All Conference Awards and three CCAA All Canadian Awards. His teams have achieved two bronze medals at the national level, and two ACAC Championships, one each to the men and the women.
Kelly Ohlhauser has been widely honored and recognized for his coaching abilities. He has coached over 1000 games, was named ACAC Coach of the Year 4 times, twice as Men’s Basketball Coach, and twice as Women’s Basketball Coach. He was named national CCAA Coach of the Year, Women’s Basketball, in 1988.
Kelly considered it a privilege to work with these players over the 17 years. He said the young people on his teams enriched his life. The same can be said for how he has enriched his players’ lives.
The dedication and commitment he gave to his players’ development and his unbridled passion and love for the game of basketball are his legacy.