Antigo­nish soc­cer star re­ceives St. F.X. Sports Hall of Fame nod

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A pro­lific scorer for the X-men soc­cer team in the 1980s has taken his place in the St. F.X. Sports Hall of Fame.

Antigo­nish na­tive Glenn Macdougall played five stel­lar sea­sons in the Blue and White, cul­mi­nat­ing with AUS most valu­able player and first-team All-cana­dian hon­ours in 1988.

“Wow, I am blown away,” he said.

Macdougall added he was “hon­oured” with the recog­ni­tion, in­clud­ing join­ing past in­ductees and his fel­low Class of 2018 mem­bers.

“Many who I, as a life­long St. F.X. sports fan, have long ad­mired and re­spected,” he said.

The 1989 St. F.X. male ath­lete of the year set a pro­gram record with 12 goals in his fi­nal sea­son, which re­mained for al­most 30 years, un­til it was bro­ken by Dan Hay­field.

“Thank you to my fam­ily and friends for sup­port­ing me and be­ing here to share this evening,” Macdougall said.

He re­mem­bered his fa­ther, Greg, who played var­sity hockey at X, along with coach­ing and play-by-play broad­cast­ing.

“He was a force be­hind ev­ery ath­letic en­deav­our that my brothers and I would at­tempt,” Macdougall said.

He added his fa­ther wanted him “to ex­pe­ri­ence the en­joy­ment of sport.”

“Which is, re­ally, why we are all here in this room,” Macdougall noted.

He praised his coaches and teach­ers, es­pe­cially Lou Bilek – his X-men head coach – who al­lowed him to scrim­mage with the var­sity team while still a se­nior in high school.

“Lou was al­ways a very pos­i­tive per­son and treated all his play­ers with re­spect – en­cour­ag­ing player in­put on tac­tics and strat­egy,” Macdougall ex­plained.

“Best of all, for two first-year stu­dent-ath­letes – like David Liengme [an­other Antigo­nish na­tive] and me – Lou pro­moted an at­tack­ing style of play.

“Lou was the pro­fes­sor, coach, men­tor, con­fi­dant and friend – the per­fect player’s coach that I needed,” he added.

Macdougall also of­fered a “sin­cere thank-you” to Frank Ish­er­wood, who coached him in ju­nior and high school.

“Frank stressed the im­por­tance of good phys­i­cal fit­ness and demon­strated soc­cer fun­da­men­tals,” he said.

“I think that he no­ticed that my at­ti­tude was care­free and I lacked a se­ri­ous com­mit­ment to the tech­ni­cal side.

“The game re­quired hard work and a prom­ise to im­prove my skill,” Macdougall added.

He also cred­ited his brothers, Brent and Troy, for pro­vid­ing “daily com­pe­ti­tion be­tween sib­lings that was fierce, but fun, sport­ing, while sup­port­ing.”

“And, of course, a lot of laughs,” Macdougall said.

He also thanked his team­mates.

“I was so for­tu­nate to meet, be­friend and share the wins and losses [with them] – all from dif­fer­ent cities, towns, di­verse back­grounds and cul­tures,” Macdougall said.

“All of us find­ing our way into that blue and white painted locker room, and onto the pitch with that X on our chest.

“Ex­pe­ri­ences that I will trea­sure for a life­time,” he added.

Paul Hur­ford

Antigo­nish na­tive Glenn Macdougall (cen­tre) re­ceives his St. F.X. Sports Hall of Fame plaque from Pres­i­dent Kent Mac­don­ald (left) and Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics and Recre­ation Leo Macpher­son.

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