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Burnaby Sports Hall Of Fame 2016
• Coach •

Categories:  Athlete, Coach, Builder, and Team.

 

John Buchanan

Soccer, Golf

Builder and Coach

John Buchanan arrived at Simon Fraser University in 1966 and hasn’t left. Along with being a facilities manager, Buchanan founded the school’s soccer program which gained varsity status in 1975. Under his leadership, SFU won seven consecutive regional NAIA championships, and the overall NAIA/NCAA championship in 1976. The latter came in the team’s second year of existence. The Clan defeated Quincy College of Illinois 2-1 in the final at the infamous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Outside of SFU, Buchanan was an assistant coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974 and ’75, and was an assistant for Canada at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the 1986 World Cup and the World University Games. Not satisfied with his soccer squad’s success on the pitch he turned to grass fields of another sort starting SFU’s golf program which he coached to 11 West Coast Regionals.


 

Derek Evely

Track and Field

Derek Evely graduated from Burnaby Central in 1983. During his years there, Ken Taylor passed his passion for track and field onto Evely. The young man blossomed into a decathlete, finishing sixth in the event at the 1983 World Junior Championships. In 1992, Taylor invited Evely to be his assistant. The result was yet another provincial team title for the Wildcats, and a coaching guru was born. Evely eventually made his base in Kamloops becoming a national team coach at several international competitions including the Commonwealth (1998), Pan American (1997) and Olympic (2008) games as well as three world championships. He was Athletics Canada’s national team relay coach (2001-2005) and the lead coach at the national sprint centre (2006-2009). Evely went on to run the United Kingdom’s national performance centre (2009-2012) and coached at the 2012 Olympics in London. His athletes have set 13 national records. Eight have earned 33 national team positions and 10 have won 39 national titles. Four of his athletes have collected 13 international medals.