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Middle hitter performs at top level

Investors Group Field brings new spirit to the Fort Garry Campus

Visible from miles away and stretching over half-a-million square feet, Investors Group Field has brought new life to both the skyline and our campus. Over 10,000 University of Manitoba Bisons football fans gathered under the stadium’s sweeping canopy for the 2013 season home opener. Their cheers shook our university to its core and ignited our school spirit.

The stadium is more than a new home for our Bisons; it’s a destination for our city and province. Fans of every variety and interest are flocking to IG Field in record numbers. Their energy is creating a campus experience unparalleled in the history of our school.

Investor’s Group Field is the new benchmark for university sports facilities. More importantly, it’s a reflection of the U of M’s deepest held belief – when visionaries come together with a common goal, anything is possible.

David Asper University of Manitoba Football Centre opening

First Year Player Performs at Top Level

Bisons Volleyball Athlete Voted CanWest Conference Rookie of the Year

Kenny Rooney

As a first year player, Bison volleyball player Kenny Rooney didn’t wait long to prove his worth. It only took a few short months for the Bison Men’s volleyball team, and the rest of the nation, to discover the extent of his talent.

Rooney was named Canada West Men’s Volleyball Rookie of the Year for 2012-13. In his first year with the Bisons, he quickly joined fifth-year seniors on the roster. The 6'7", 220 lbs. middle hitter was also named to the CIS All-Canadian Rookie Team and was co-winner of the Bison Rookie Athlete of the Year Award.

Rooney becomes the fourth Bison Volleyball player to win the rookie award. Like many of our athletes, he shares his passion and commitment with our community. Rooney coaches campers in Mini U volleyball programs.

A Decorated Digger

Bison Volleyball Star Recognized – Again

Dane Pishke

Student Dane Pischke has been recognized with the prestigious Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Student/Athlete Award for outstanding achievement in volleyball, academics, and community service. Dane also earned CIS Academic All-Canadian honours every year as a Bison student athlete, and was named to Team Canada’s National “B” Team roster in 2012.

He co-captained the Bison Men’s volleyball team in his fifth and final season, was selected as a First Team All-Canadian and Canada West Conference First Team All-Star. His successes on and off the court earned Pischke a number of scholarships and awards.

Academic and athletic award panels across the country recognize the potential in our Bison athletes. We’re proud to be their training ground.

Awarded With Opportunity

Bisons at East West Bowl

East West Bowl

Three Bison football players and their head coach, Brian Dobie, were selected to participate at the 11th annual East West Bowl at the University of Western Ontario in May. Through a grueling week of practice, testing and evaluation, the Bowl showcases CIS players who will be eligible for the 2014 Canadian Football League draft. The week culminates in the East West Bowl game.

Bison running back/kick returner Anthony Coombs, defensive lineman Evan Gill and receiver Andrew Smith, competed at the game for the West. In addition, Bison Football head coach, Brian Dobie, was selected as part of the West coaching staff.

Our new stadium on campus has invigorated our Bisons football program. Canada’s best CIS players and coaches witnessed the power of that energy in the East West Bowl, but we’re just warming up.

Playing For Canada

Bisons Storm Into Russia

Bisons in Russia

Four Bison volleyball players competed for Canada at the 2013 Summer Universaide Games, in Kazan, Russia in July.

Taylor Pischke and Rachel Cockrell were selected to represent Canada in women’s beach volleyball. Pischke, along with partner Melissa Humana-Paredes, finished in fourth place. Cockrell, the 2012-13 Bison Sports Female Athlete of the Year, and partner Charlotte Sider finished 13th with a 3-3 record. Bisons left side hitter Chris Voth, and libero Derek Nieroda were both part of the Canadian indoor volleyball squad. The Canadian men’s team finished among the top six at the Games.

When you’re trained and educated in the centre of Canada, you find the strength to succeed anywhere that life leads you. Our Bison volleyball players proved that.

Brown and Gold on the Green

Bison Golfers Tee Off at The PGA TOUR Canada’s The Players Cup

Bison Golf

With other Bison teams on break, members of the Bison golf team were in full swing. The players gained championship experience this summer as they qualified to tee off in the prestigious PGA TOUR Canada’s The Players Cup held at Pine Ridge Golf Club in July. Current Bison golfers Charlie Boyechko and Josh Wytinck joined Bison golf alumni Ryan Horn, Bobby Wiebe, and Tyler Mancini. All five players were just over par at the tournament.

ACADEMIC ALL-CANADIANS

At the end of the 2013 season, 91 University of Manitoba student-athletes maintained a 3.5 grade point average or better in their field of study and have earned the prestigious honour of being named Academic All-Canadians