Mr. Derek Eckart

Mr. Derek Eckart

Hall of Fame: Athlete

Mr. Dennis Eckart was a member of the Canadian Pan American Gold Medal Championship team in 1979 and 1983. He attended the North American Fastpitch Championships with the Victoria Finline and attended ISC tournaments with Victoria, Aurora and Calgary teams. Dennis attended Senior A Men and Masters Provincial Championships capturing Gold in 1978-1984 and Masters Gold in 1994 & 1995. He played in 12 Canadian Championships, 8 of which were with Victoria Bates, Royals, Budget and Payless teams. A member of the championship team at 2 Western Canadian Championships, Derek’s list of accomplishments is prestigious. Dennis was part of the culture helping pass along skills to minor players on Vancouver Island, by conducting team clinics up and down the Island.

Mr. John Green

Mr. John Green

Mr. John Green played in three decades of Canadian Senior A Championships, winning a gold medal in each decade. A third baseman and shortstop, John played from 1970-1992 with Comox Senior Men, Stuffy McInnis League, Victoria Senior A Men (Bate Construction-Budget), Victoria Masters, Payless-Royals, and Saskatoon All O-Matics. The list of achievements is impressive and includes Comox Valley Top Batter 1972-1974, Norwest League All-Star 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1988. John is a very humble person and always placed his team first. He has had a distinguished career stretching decades and we congratulate John on his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Mr Rick O’Connor

Mr Rick O’Connor

Mr. Rick O’Connor is no stranger to softball in British Columbia. His involvement started with Softball BC in 1986 when he began coaching his oldest son through Maple Ridge and Kamloops. In 2007 Rick was recruited by Bob Philip, former UBC Athletic Director to start a softball program at UBC. Over the last thirteen years Rick as remained an integral part of UBC Softball through his involvement with fundraising and support of the program personally and financially. Rick has always shared a passion for supporting Women’s Softball in British Columbia by also sponsoring the Canadian Open/Canada Cup through his company, Black Press. As well as being an outstanding sponsor, Rick also coached with the White Rock Renegades ’88 in 1998-2000 and again from 2003-2004.

Mr. Zeone Andrijaszyn

Mr. Zeone Andrijaszyn

Mr. Zeone Andrijaszyn was respected by everyone who came into contact or had any dealings with him. He was the consummate volunteer, dedicating untold hours and expertise to Softball BC. He was the epitome of someone who would always look at what was best for the entire province. He was modest, honest, personable, approachable and trusted by everyone. Zeone was a long-time member of Softball BC. He began his volunteer time in Richmond, coaching his daughter and then became a member of Richmond Girls Softball executive. Zeone’s background as a chartered accountant and his dealings with RGSA led the Softball BC board of directors, to recruit Zeone to the Board in 2007. He went to serve as Director until May of 2020. During his tenure, Zeone brought the organization back into financial health, overseeing many changes to the operation and a firm hand in steering Softball BC to becoming a sustainable organization. It was always his dream and goal to see Softball BC become one hundred percent sustainable, financially, and to begin to build a solid contingency fund. Sadly, his work was halted when his health faltered, but he left the organization in good hands with a succession plan and an achievable plan to reach his goals. Zeone will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him – he leaves behind big shoes to fill and we thank him, and his family, for his dedication and commitment to our sport.