CCAA Hall of Fame Inductee: Marcy Skribe

Marcy Skribe, a three-time Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian and two-sport athlete, will be inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame in the athlete category.

Skribe, now Marcy Manners, starred with the Seneca Sting and the Durham Lords in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association from 1993-97.

“Marcy is well-deserving of the honour of being inducted during the OCAA’s first time hosting the CCAA Hall of Fame,” said Ken Babcock, director of athletics at Durham College. “Marcy’s career in the OCAA is second to none. She is one of the greatest athletes in CCAA history. She capped off her career with an outstanding season at Durham College, helping the Lords win our first OCAA women’s basketball title and first trip to nationals.”

She was dominant in women’s basketball at Seneca for three seasons before finishing her collegiate career at Durham, where she was named the OCAA’s female athlete of the year in 1997. She was named a CCAA women’s basketball All-Canadian in 1994, 1996 and 1997.

Her 1996-97 season with the Lords is one of the most successful seasons any student-athlete in the history of the CCAA. In 14 conference games, she averaged 17.4 points per game and was named an OCAA all-star, OCAA championship MVP, CCAA All-Canadian, CCAA Academic All-Canadian and eventual the OCAA athlete of the year.

Beating Humber 58-50 in the gold medal game is still the Lords only division one title in OCAA women’s basketball.

“Marcy was one of the most dynamic players I have ever seen,” said Mike Duggan, who coached Skribe at Durham College. “When she stepped on the court, not only did she control the flow of the game but she made her teammates better, the sign of a true leader.”

Skribe was selected to the OCAA women’s basketball All-Millennium team in 2000 and was inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003.

“As an outstanding athlete and natural leader, Marcy’s work ethic and highly competitive edge drove her teams to be the best they could be,” said Linda Stapleton, director of sport and recreation at Seneca College.

“Playing amongst some of the best players in the country was always an amazing experience, knowing that you were at ‘the big show’ was a great experience in itself,” said Skribe.

She also attended the 1995 CCAA women’s soccer national championship at Medicine Hat College in Alberta. Her one trip to soccer nationals was certainly memorable – the 1995 event is remembered for its frigid weather and a nasty snowstorm.

“It was so cold,” said Skribe. “They had to plow the fields of snow at the beginning of every day and we had tents with heaters and hot chocolate on the sidelines.”

Later that season, she attended the 1996 CCAA women’s basketball national championship with Seneca at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Q.C. The following year, Skribe attended the 1997 event with Durham at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. She was named to the first all-tournament all-star team in both events.

“Being recognized as an All-Canadian but also tournament all-star both times I attended nationals – is an honour to be acknowledged amongst such elite players,” she said.

Each experience, while unique, was incredible according to Skribe thanks to the staff and volunteers that make CCAA national championships possible.

“They worked tirelessly to make everything tick,” she said. “They made you feel like a superstar and really went out of their way to make the experience memorable for every team, every player.”

After her playing days were over, Skribe gave back to her post-secondary institutions and to the sport of basketball by turning her attention to coaching.

She joined the Durham staff in 1999 before spending five seasons with Seneca, where she participated in the CCAA’s Female Apprentice Coach Program as a mentor to two apprentices.

Skribe would also guide the Sting to back-to-back national championship appearances.

“I was lucky enough to experience the CCAA’s as both a player and coach and it didn’t matter who was hosting, they made it special for the players which tells me it is the culture of the CCAA, that ensures this experience for participants and not just the host schools,” she said.

“For so many of the athletes, the CCAA’s might be the most glorious moment of their college career or even more beyond that and for that one weekend, everyone makes you feel proud and honoured.”