Congratulations to Nancy Popovich, Vice-principal, Bayside Secondary School, who was inducted into the York University Sports Hall of Fame.
Popovich (BSc ‘85) was the setter for the dominant York women’s volleyball team in the 1980s. She led the squad to gold medals at the OWIAA provincial championships in each of her four years with the program (1981-85) and competed at the CIAU national championship tournament in each of those seasons. York won three national bronze medals during that time (1981-82, 1983-84, 1984-85), representing the best ever finish for the program. Popovich was named an OWIAA tournament all-star in her final season in 1985. (Taken from the York University website.)
“I was completely surprised when the call came in. It’s an honour to be recognized by York U,” remarked Popovich.
Prior to becoming a school administrator, Popovich taught Physical Education and Math at Centre Hastings Secondary School and Quinte Secondary School. She coached volleyball and other sports at each school for over 15 years. She also founded the Quinte Cougars Volleyball Club which was active in the Quinte region from 1990 to 2005. One of the highlights of her coaching career was as an assistant coach with the Ontario Women’s Provincial Team from 1991-1993. In 1991, the team won the gold medal at the Canadian Championships in Montreal. The team finished 4th at the Canada Games in Kamloops BC in 1993.
A presentation was made to Popovich at the Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony at Montecassino Banquet Hall in Woodbridge, Ontario on Friday, September 21, 2012.
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