In recognition of an extraordinary career, Durham College’s (DC) director of athletics, Ken Babcock, was announced as a 2019 Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame inductee. The formal induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at the Tribute Communities Centre.
Beginning his career with the college in 1987, Ken has been a leader and mentor, having helped Durham Lords teams achieve 42 provincial championships, 105 overall provincial medals, 22 national medals and five Canadian championships.
Ken was a driving force behind the construction of the Campus Fieldhouse and Vaso’s Field in 2003, the Campus Ice Centre in 2005 and the Campus Wellness and Recreation Centre in 2007.
“Ken has spent many years guiding young athletes to achieve success both on and off the field. His accomplishments are a testament to his unwavering dedication and passion for athletics at DC and beyond,” says Don Lovisa, president, DC. “The entire DC community is extremely proud of Ken and this well-deserved recognition.”
Over the span of his sports career, Ken helped found the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association in 1994, created the Durham College Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, helped launch the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003, and developed and launched the University of Ontario Institute of Technology varsity athletics program in 2003.
The Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame honours the achievements of five Oshawa individuals and teams every year, recognizing those who have attained prominence and distinction in sports and who have made a major contribution to the development of sport.
Former DC Men’s Basketball coach, Peter Gordon, was also announced as a 2019 inductee.
Photo: Ken Babcock with DC president Don Lovisa