In 1972, Steve Pettifer worked out in the Langara Gym for an audience which included then-national team head coach Jack Donohue. (Photo courtesy Steve Pettifer)
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VL Podcast 03.03.21: Centennial’s Steve Pettifer reflects on playing days at SFU and UBC, and a 40-year high school coaching career!

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There is no better time than this week, one traditionally reserved for the B.C. senior girls basketball championships, to catch up with former Centennial head coach Steve Pettifer, who in the last 1980s, led the Centaurs to five straight provincial Final Fours, including a pair of titles.


Pettifer, brought to Centennial by the legendary Rich Chambers, later coached the school’s boys team into the provincial final.

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  1. Great interview Howard!!! You should know that Steve still owes me a Guinness for knocking off the # 1 seed two years in a row so his team did NOT have to play them at the B.C. Sr. Girls Bball championships in ’87 and ’88. Lots of great memories in this interview! Quite a playing and coaching career, and, you should know Steve is still playing / training for the next World Masters Games (Men’s Basketball -65+) to be played in Osaka, Japan when Co-Vid gets resolved. Well done. Take care!!
    – Hugh MacKinnon

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