Basketball

Bob Phibbs

University of Western Ontario O-Q.A.A. Basketball Champions 1950-51

In the back left beside Coach John Metras, Bob Phibbs poses alongside his teammates after winning the O-QAA basket- ball championship.

Bob Phibbs graduated with an Honours Business Administration degree in 1949 and competed on Team Canada’s basketball team at the 1952 Olympics. During his career at Western, Phibbs played basketball and football, and won the Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy for the greatest contribution to athletics in 1948-49. While taking post graduate courses in business administration, Phibbs also worked as alumni director and secretary of the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association. Controversy erupted in the 1950-51 season when University of Toronto basketball coach Bob Masterson and Athletic Director Warren Stevens threatened to stop all athletic relations with Western because they believed Phibbs was not a student and playing illegally. The president of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union, and coincidentally a Western professor, found no problems with Phibbs’ eligibility. During the season, Phibbs earned 200 points and the highest score in a single game. He was inducted into the W Club Hall of Fame in 1981.