Bachelor of Physical Education, 1953
Whether it be on the UBC campus or in the realm of Canadian hockey and Olympics, Bob Hindmarch is virtually a household name. His presence at UBC spans over 60 years comprising careers as an athlete, coach, educator and director of UBC’s athletic programs.
While a student in UBC’s Physical Education faculty, Bob was an all-around athlete playing Varsity football, baseball and basketball and upon graduating in 1953 was the recipient of the Bobby Gaul Award as UBC’s male athlete of the year.
From 1961 through to the end of the 1970s Bob taught in the UBC Phys. Ed. faculty becoming a full professor in 1974. During the late 1950s he had served as UBC’s assistant football coach and director of intramurals. He would be asked to be General Manager and assistant coach of Canada’s 1964 Olympic hockey team, a team based here at UBC, which was ultimately awarded the Olympic Bronze medal. Bob’s Olympic experience was followed by 12 seasons as head coach of UBC’s hockey team, the most successful era in team history. He coached only one losing season out of 12, setting a UBC hockey record with 214 victories.
As UBC director of Athletics from 1980 through 1990, it was Dr. Hindmarch’s Olympic connections and his creativity that fostered UBC’s friendship with universities and teams in Asia and Europe. As a result he put UBC on the leading edge of university team tours together with exchanges of players, coaches and trainers. For decades UBC set the standard for traveling to and hosting teams from other countries.
The consummate builder and “people person,” Bob has been acknowledged in so many ways; he was Chief de Mission for Canada’s team at the 1984 Winter Olympics, is an inductee in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, UBC Sports Hall of Fame and BC Sports Hall of Fame, honoured with a UBC Alumni Achievement Award and more recently with the Order of British Columbia.
Written by Fred Hume, UBC Historian