Ivan "Chuck" Gullickson

"Chuck" Gullickson, considered by many as the original Colt at Centennial College, has completed the Hall of Fame trifecta.

Gullickson, who served the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association from 1985 to 2003, has been inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame in the Builder category.

“Chuck is one of the most recognizable and respected athletic professionals that has been associated with the CCAA,” said Jim Bialek, OCAA President. “He continues to be active in these circles by way of his ongoing appearances at national events, most recently as a presenter at the inaugural CCAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Banff last year,” said Bialek.

Gullickson was at the CCAA table during some challenging times. He recalls an informal meeting, organized by Glenn Ruiter, following the annual general meeting in Brandon, MB. Ruiter, a newly elected executive at the time, gathered the group together in the hotel to address some critical and immediate issues.

“Among other things, we had to recruit and hire a new executive director and restore the credibility of our national office,” said Gullickson. “Although the challenges seemed enormous, I recall feeling completely confident that we had the leadership team to succeed and I wasn’t disappointed.”

In June of 1994, Gullickson assumed his time with the Association had come to an end. Then, the phone rang.

“Out of the blue, I received a phone call from the CCAA asking me to consider coming back to serve as president,” said Gullickson. “I accepted whole heartedly and served out my term and that of the past-president until my retirement from Centennial in 1998.”

Gullickson then served as the CCAA’s Director of Marketing for four years and was instrumental in moving the association forward on many fronts.

He was often sought after for his ideas, opinions and communications skills. Gullickson was progressive in his leadership and actions but also had a great sense of fairness. In fact, since 2000, the Chuck Gullickson Fair Play Team Award is presented annually at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship.

A native of Naicam, SK, Gullickson suited up for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Rough Riders in 1963. His football career began with the Saskatoon Hilltops in 1956, which led to a scholarship at Western Michigan University where he earned a B.Sc. and M.Ed.

“Among other things, we had to recruit and hire a new executive director and restore the credibility of our national office,” said Gullickson. “Although the challenges seemed enormous, I recall feeling completely confident that we had the leadership team to succeed and I wasn’t disappointed.”

In June of 1994, Gullickson assumed his time with the Association had come to an end. Then, the phone rang.

“Out of the blue, I received a phone call from the CCAA asking me to consider coming back to serve as president,” said Gullickson. “I accepted whole heartedly and served out my term and that of the past-president until my retirement from Centennial in 1998.”

Gullickson then served as the CCAA’s Director of Marketing for four years and was instrumental in moving the association forward on many fronts.

He was often sought after for his ideas, opinions and communications skills. Gullickson was progressive in his leadership and actions but also had a great sense of fairness. In fact, since 2000, the Chuck Gullickson Fair Play Team Award is presented annually at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship.

A native of Naicam, SK, Gullickson suited up for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Rough Riders in 1963. His football career began with the Saskatoon Hilltops in 1956, which led to a scholarship at Western Michigan University where he earned a B.Sc. and M.Ed.