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    Vic Pruden


    Inductee Information

    Name
    Vic Pruden

    Inducted
    1994

    Induction Category
    Builder


    Role
    Coach, National Program Development

    Biography
    Vic Pruden began coaching in 1957 when he coached the Isaac Newton High
    School Juvenile boy's team to a Provincial Championship. Since then,
    Vic has had a successful coaching record (win/loss record of + .700) at
    the high school, university, provincial and national levels.

    In eight years of coaching varsity boys at the high school
    level, Vic's teams won five provincial championships: Sisler "Spartans"
    in 1958 and the Vincent Massey "Trojans" of Ft. Garry in 1961, 1962,
    1964, and 1965. In 1963, the "Trojans" were Provincial Finalists.

    In 1966, Vic started the intercollegiate men's program at
    United College, becoming the University of Winnipeg in 1967. In 1972,
    he started the women's intercollegiate program; that team won the
    Provincial Senior championship and, because all of the young women on
    the team were eligible to play Junior, the team entered and won the
    National Junior Championship. Vic continued to coach the women for
    seven years. During that time they were G.P.A.C. Conference Conference
    Finalists in 1973, Conference Champions in 1974, '75, '76, '77, '78,
    and 1979, and National Intercollegiate Finalists in 1977 and 1978.

    In the late 1970's, Vic coached the National Junior Women's
    Team for two consecutive years. Six players from this development
    program became starters with the National Women's Team.

    In 1990, Vic coached the Manitoba Provincial women's team to a silver medal in the Western Canada Games.

    In addition to coaching, Vic devoted a great deal of time to
    basketball development. He was a founder and organizer of The Fort
    Garry Invitational Tournament (F.G.I.T.), the University of Winnipeg
    Wesmen Classic (originally the Golden Boy Tournament). He started the
    University of Winnipeg Summer Basketball School and the Royal Canadian
    Legion Basketball Camp at the Peace Gardens. He was also a founder and
    the first President of the Manitoba Basketball Coaches' Association.

    In 1987, Vic wrote "A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO BASKETBALL",
    published in 1987 by Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois. Shortly
    after, he developed a 4-on-4 developmental basketball game for boys and
    girls under 13.

    Vic has also been inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. 
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