Inductee Information

Vic Pruden


Induction Category

Coach, National Program Development

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.

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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