University of Manitoba Bisons Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach and former Bison Athlete Desiree Scott blazed her way to the podium at the 2012 London Olympics, capturing a bronze with the National Women’s Soccer Team. The Winnipeg native has been a member of the National Soccer Team for four years and is also the first ever Manitoba-trained player to participate in a FIFA Women's World Cup, the world’s biggest women’s sporting event.
The 2009-10 Bisons Sports Female Athlete of the Year, Scott made a huge imprint on the University of Manitoba Bisons Women’s Soccer program during her five-year career (2005-09). She earned four Conference All-Star recognitions, was named the 2005 Canada West Rookie of the Year, and a 2008 and 2009 CIS First Team All-Canadian. Scott also registered the most points and assists in a Bisons career with 56 points and 64 conference regular season games. Now, after representing Canada at the highest level of sport, Scott can add Olympic medallist to her impressive sports career.Watch a video inteview with Desiree Scott.
Bison running back Anthony Coombs has set a new standard as the first Bison athlete to be included into the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated magazine. For over five decades the magazine has recognized talented amateur athletes and their accomplishments. Coombs was honoured for his MVP performance at the USA Football’s 3rd annual International Bowl in Austin, Texas. The 19-year-old accumulated a game-high 147 rushing yards on 14 carries and also scored two touchdowns as the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Team defeated the U.S. Under-19 National Team.
Garth Pischke did it again, for the 26th time. In his 31 seasons as the head coach for the Bison men’s volleyball team, Pischke’s vision and expertise steered the team to the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) National Championship. Under Pischke, Manitoba has now collected 23 CIS medals. Pischke’s remarkable coaching record stands at 1,200 wins and 323 losses. This is the most overall coaching wins by a CIS head coach in history.
At the end of the 2012 season, 102 of the 308 University of Manitoba student-athletes maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better in their field of study. This is a new record and the first time over 100 Bison athletes have earned the prestigious honour of being named Academic All-Canadians.