Meraloma Club Alumnus Deb Huband inducted into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame

Material submitted by Brent Frid:

 Deb Huband will be indicted into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame, on May 6, 2017, in the Coach Category. Huband is a Women’s Flag Football Alumnus of the Meraloma Club. Women’s Flag Football began at The Club in 1992-93.

The Meraloma’s won the B.C. Championships in 1993, 1994, and 1997 and finished second in the National finals in 1993 and 1994 and third in 1995. After losing in overtime in the 1994 bronze medal game, Huband was chosen as best defensive player. In 1997, the team finish in first place in the province, and fifth place at the national championships in St.Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec. The team disbanded after the 1997 season.

Huband came to UBC as the head basketball coach in the 1995-96 season, but she was an assistant on the Point Grey campus before that, helping out from 1988-91.

Huband has served her country for more than a decade in various coaching roles with Canada Basketball. She started as an assistant with the senior national team when they competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Huband served as the mentor coach on the Cadette women’s team that competed at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in Rodez, France.

She helped coach Canada to a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and was the head coach of Canada’s World University Games team at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Korea. She also coached at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey as an assistant, and helped coach the Canadian Under-20 team in the summer of 2006. In 2009, she was co-head coach of Canada’s World University Games team at the 25th Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.

Huband is one of the few Canadian basketball players to participate as both a player and coach in the Summer Olympics. One of the finest players that Canada has ever produced, Huband joined the national team as a player in 1978 and eventually captained the squad to a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She was also part of the bronze medal-winning world championship teams in ‘79 and ‘86.

A graduate of Bishop’s and UBC (Masters of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology), Huband was a three-time U Sports All-Canadian and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. She also holds a spot in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the Basketball Ontario Hall of Fame and the Concordia Hall of Fame (along with her 1976-77 teammates). She has also been honoured by the Nepean Sports Hall of Fame and has a place on the Bishop’s University Wall of Distinction.

Huband is still tied for the all-time U Sports record for points in a game, scoring 50 with Bishop’s in 1981-82.

U Sports (formerly CIS) Championships: 2003-04, ‘05-06, ‘07-08
Canada West Championships: 2006-07, ‘07-08, '11-12, '14-15
Canada West Coach of the Year: 2003-04
CIS Coach of the Year: 2003-04

Overall Record: 454-238 (.656)
Conference Record: 288-147 (.662) 

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