In History

Graduates of the School of Physical Education and Recreation are some of the leading pioneers in many fields.  Read and learn about some of our proud alumni here.

Our ‘In History’ alumni profiles are made possible by UBC Athletics Historian, Fred Hume. (pictured on the right)

UBC Athletics historian and long-time football statistician, Fred Hume entered the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 nearly 22 years after he began working to uncover the great UBC teams, athletes and builders of sport dating back to 1915. The UBC graduate’s efforts soon resulted in the establishment and development of the UBC Sports Hall of Fame which has been instrumental in re-connecting the university with hundreds of its most accomplished athletic alumni encouraging them to become more directly involved with the campus and their former teams.

As UBC’s first and sole Athletics historian, Hume also serves as an information resource for coaches, students and faculty together with campus, local and national media. Much of UBC’s now established historical sport information including all-time lists, sport histories, sport records and historical highlights is a result of his original research – information of value to Athletics’ Development and Sports Information teams as well as to the university.


Clyde Griffith

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1964 Physical Education graduate Clyde Griffith is a pioneer on two fronts: he is among the first graduates of UBC’s Recreation program while at the same time was one of the students who in the late 1950s came to UBC from the West Indies. This unique period of UBC history – […]

Dan Miscisco

Brunswick Georgia! These were the very first words heard by a small gathering of baseball aficionados – words exclaimed with gusto. This was Dan Miscisco, UBC Phys. Ed grad of 1967 announcing the presentation of his experiences as a pro baseball player. It was this small Georgia town that happened to be his first stop […]

Dana Sinclair

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1985 1985 Kinesiology graduate Dana Sinclair’s career, which began as a student at UBC, has evolved to the stage where she is now considered one of Canada’s best known Registered Psychologists. According to Dan, her mission is to apply the positive elements of the psychology of performance, that is, “getting the […]

Dave Durante

Dave Durante, a 1976 UBC Physical Education graduate, ranks as one of this faculty’s most versatile athletes, which is saying something.

Dave Macfarlane

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1989 Dave Macfarlane is another example of the diversity in career paths taken by UBC graduates in Physical Education (Human Kinetics/Kinesiology). A 1989 graduate, Dave played Thunderbird hockey in 1984-85 under the coaching of Fred Masuch. As it happens, Dave has good bloodlines as his father Dave Sr., successful in both […]

David Sidoo

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1983 1983 Kinesiology graduate and UBC Sports Hall of Famer David Sidoo has evolved to become one of UBC’s ‘champion’ alumni. As a star UBC football player during the early 1980’s, Sidoo was a three-time Canada West All-Star, an All -Canadian, a UBC record-setter and in 1982 captain of UBC’s first […]

Dean MacKinnon

Bachelor of Physical Education, 1966 Dean MacKinnon, UBC Physical Education graduate of 1966, took his degree to the classroom teaching in the Vancouver school system until his recent retirement. But he is perhaps better known for his outstanding 40 year career as a local basketball referee. While a student, Dean played basketball under coach Hugh […]

Debbie Butt

Bachelor of Human Kinetics, 1989 One of Vancouver’s best known communication and community engagement professionals is 1989 UBC Kinesiology graduate Debbie Butt. Debbie, who as a student played Thunderbird Varsity soccer, specializes in the areas of fundraising, event planning, brand development, employee engagement and community partnerships. Debbie is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications […]

Derek Swain

Dr. Derek Swain, who has a Masters of Physical Education from UBC, once again illustrates the degree of career diversity those from this field of study can experience. While a student on campus Derek developed his loyalty to UBC and to Athletics by serving as a co-manager of Thunderbird basketball teams which included the 1969/70 […]

Don Cunnings

Don Cunnings is a highly respected 1962 UBC Physical Education graduate who, coming out of the Recreation program started by Bob Osborne and Dick Ramsay, became one of the early provincial pioneers in the development of parks and recreation. His extensive and varied career has been acknowledged by his 2012 induction into the Coquitlam Sports […]