2007 Sport Achievement Award
While growing up in Montreal, The Duke was involved in just about every sport. He was a standout athlete at Loyola High School and it was there that the realized his passion for coaching. He went on to St. Joseph’s Teachers College and in 1954, made his move to Windsor, enrolling in Assumption University. Following graduation he joined the staff of Assumption High School. Under the leadership of the legendary Father Cullen, he coached football, swimming and cross country --- and was the founder and coach of the soccer team.
In ’62, Duke began his illustrious career at Riverside Secondary School, and for 36 years --- 36 years --- any student who picked up a bat, stick, ball, or any other implement, did so under his tutelage. His coaching stats are impressive. Twice he guided the Riverside Rebel’s hockey team to a championship in the International High School League. He coached 15 times during the WSSAA hockey finals, winning eight championships and took his team to the OFSAA Championships five times, winning the title in 1988.
And during most of his 36 years at Riverside, he also served as a convenor for the WSSAA league, and was very active with Riverside Minor Hockey and the Riverside Legion Track Club. In 1967 through 1990, he was the Director of the International Freedom Festival Track and Field Meet.
For his dedication to the sport of hockey, OFSAA recognized him in 1995 with an award for Leadership in School Sports.
Terry accepts his award from Paul Vanentine.