OAKVILLE, Ont. - The Sheridan College Athletics and Recreation Department is proud to announce that longtime varsity coordinator Wayne Fish will be inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame on May 8.
"We are delighted that our friend Wayne will receive this recognition for the major contributions he made to post-secondary athletics in Ontario," athletic director Jim Flack said. "I'm so very proud of all that he accomplished and extremely happy for his family. I firmly believe that in more than a half century there is no one who loved the OCAA more than Wayne did. He poured so much passion into his work at Sheridan and Seneca, and always had time for his colleagues from around the province and country."
Wayne joined the Sheridan Bruins in 2003 as the lead varsity coordinator, and his impact was immediately felt. Initially, he engineered the return of women's basketball to the varsity level, and the team would go on to win three consecutive OCAA Gold Medals.
He chaired many championship events at Sheridan, including women's provincial basketball, men's and women's provincial soccer, men's provincial volleyball, the inaugural women's rugby 7's championship, and the men's national soccer tournament in 2014, where the Double Blue brought home CCAA Gold. Most recently, while he battled the illness to which he eventually succumbed, Wayne Coordinated the men's rugby program that won its first ever OCAA Gold Medal.
Wayne also carved out time to contribute at the provincial association level. He spent considerable time both as the Vice President - programs and as a convenor for OCAA Volleyball. His contribution at Sheridan was tremendous; he had incredible passion for Bruins Athletics, the Sky Blue Endowment Fund, and the program emphasis on academic achievement. He truly believed in the academic-athletic model, and reinforced that mantra wherever he travelled.
For his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Sheridan Bruins Hall of Fame on Sept. 29, 2018.
His career in the Ontario Colleges system began with Seneca College - fresh from Seneca's Recreation Facilities Management Program - employed as a part-time sports centre operator and it was immediately evident that Wayne was a large personality with an energy and duty of service that was very special.
Wayne passed away on Feb. 8, 2018, and is survived by his wife Kathryn, and two daughters Marisa and Ciara.