Linda Stapleton (Builder), Eric Hannah (Athlete) and Bob McArthur (Coach) were inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame at the bi-annual event at the 2019 OCAA AGM.
Linda Stapleton has been a fixture in the OCAA for four decades. Hired at Seneca College in 1978 as a Campus Recreation and Varsity Coordinator, Linda was named Manager, Athletics and Recreation in 1995, then Director, Sport and Recreation in 2008.
At Seneca, Linda was successful at lobbying for student engagement and accessibility to student recreational, fitness and varsity spaces, leading to the creation of a new softball diamond at Newnham Campus, a fitness mezzanine at Seneca at York, new student recreation and fitness space at King Campus, a new artificial field with seasonal dome at Newnham, and the lowering of student fitness membership fees just to highlight a few.
Under her guidance, Seneca played host to several OCAA championships, including Men's and Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Badminton, Women's Fastball and Cross Country. Linda also led the Hosting Committee for CCAA championships in Women's Basketball, Women's Volleyball, Women's and Men's Soccer, Badminton and Cross Country. In total, Seneca won 13 CCAA championships under her leadership.
Linda held multiple volunteer positions within OCAA, beginning in 1979 as the OCAA Women's Softball Convenor. She joined the then Executive Committee in 1991 as a Vice President, becoming OCAA President in 1999. Linda was also heavily involved in the CCAA. She was its Vice President, Governance in 2009 before becoming CCAA President in 2012. Linda returned to the OCAA Senior Leadership Council in 2017 as a 1st Vice President.
Linda has previously been awarded the CAN 150 Recognition for Volunteerism, CCAA Athletic Director of the Year, and Art King Award for Outstanding Contribution to Students in Colleges.
A leader on the Seneca men's rugby teams for three championship seasons between 2003 and 2005, Eric Hannah's presence on the pitch was prolific.
As a rookie, Eric persistently sped down the wing helping lead the Sting to an undefeated season (7-0) and a regular season title, capped off by an OCAA championship. He charged up his team with his incredible work ethic and dynamic performances. Eric placed third in OCAA scoring with 55 points.
In his second season, Eric scored 25 points and was a critical piece of Seneca's success as the Sting repeated in another undefeated season to win the league championship (6-0) and the OCAA gold medal.
In his third season, Eric scored 110 points in six games (14 tries and 20 conversions) and was named an OCAA League All-Star, OCAA Championship Man of the Match, while winning his third OCAA regular season title and OCAA championship, once again in undefeated fashion.
Eric returned to play for Seneca during the 2011 regular season and scored three tries in three matches. He currently shares third place in OCAA men's rugby career scoring with 205 points in 22 matches, coming from 33 tries and 20 conversions. All of this with zero penalties.
Bob McArthur was the original Seneca College head coach for Men's Rugby and led the program for its first 16 seasons beginning in 1999.
During this period, Seneca won five OCAA championships, three silver medals, five bronze, and 10 regular season titles. Bob was recognized as OCAA Coach of the Year twice in 2005 and 2011. Under Bob's leadership, Seneca set an OCAA record for most consecutive championships, winning five straight from 2001 to 2005. Seneca's 13 OCAA medals during this period was more than any other program.
In addition to being an excellent strategist and skills development coach, Bob accomplished great strides in bringing team and individual discipline to Seneca's rugby team. As players transitioned from the gregarious social activity of club rugby to intercollegiate rugby, there were a number of years where the educative process was significant. Bob was able to lead that process and redirect the player's energy to team success.
Source: OCAA Communications