2016 Viking Football Hall of Fame Class
Kevin Doerksen - Coach/Builder 2000 - 2011
Kevin Doerksen has been an integral part of the Viking program since 2000. Kevin has mostly been involved as the team’s offensive coordinator. During Kevin’s tenure in the program the Vikings had many powerful offences that challenged defences in both the RMFL and WHSFL. Kevin’s commitment to character development and his integrity have helped define what it is to be a Viking. Kevin’s ability to motivate and inspire the team has left a positive mark on the players in our program. Kevin truly cares for each player he has coached and he takes a genuine interest in their lives that continues today. Kevin believes that football is the perfect vehicle to coach character and he has stayed true to this philosophy. Kevin continues to coach his son Jacob in the WYFL and may come back to Viking football when Jake enters High School. Kevin is a teacher at Vincent Massey and is Married to Dianne, they have four children, Emma, Johnna, Brianna and Jacob.
Steven "Rogo" Rogowsky - Player 2001 Coach 2003-2005, 2007
Steven “Rogo” Rogowsky Rogo only played one season for the Vikings during their 2001 perfect season. Rogo was the true leader of that defence and he lead with his dominating play. Rogo made others better because they saw how hard Rogo worked in practice and in the game. His teammates had so much respect for him and they did not want to let him down. Rogo had a keen instinct for the game that is very uncommon especially when you consider he only played one year, he was always around the play. As a coach Rogo was both knowledgeable and inspirational. Rogo understood the intricacies of the player coach relationship and he knew how to get the most out of his players. Rogo has a calm demeanour and spoke only when he needed to and the players really respected him for this. As both a player and coach Rogo embodied the true Viking spirit and the Viking program is thankful for his contributions. Rogo lives in Brandon with his wife Wendy and their newborn baby Diego, he works as an administrative Officer for the Joint Personnel Support division of the Canadian Military, his rank is Captain.
Mitch Warren - Player 2002 - 2005 Coach 2012-2014
Mitch was a truly great athlete that could dominate both sides of the ball. Mitch was blessed with size, quickness and finesse that made him a tremendous pass catcher, blocker and defensive player. Mitch helped the Vikings capture the 2004 RMFL title. Mitch was a true student of the game, he wanted to be the best player he possible could and worked hard each practice to insure this. Mitch led by his example and his teammates respected Mitch for his passion and commitment to the team. Mitch was selfless and would do whatever it took to help his team succeed. After his Viking career Mitch went on to play football at the University of Regina. Whenever he could Mitch would come back and coach the young Vikings. As a coach Mitch brought that same passion he had as a player. Mitch Inspired the young players in our program to be great on and off the field. Mitch understands the technically aspect of the game and he made the players he coached better because of his in depth knowledge. Mitch has a big and kind heart that would do anything for his friends and family. Mitch currently resides in Kelowna and enjoys the endless summer riding his motorcycle, enjoying the outdoors and working construction.
Aaron Kaluzniak Player 2002-2005
Aaron was a fierce defender who was an integral part of the tough Viking defences led by Coach Cooper in the early 2000’s. Aaron helped the Vikings capture a RMFL title in 2004. Aaron was a tremendous competitor and he refused to put any limitations on himself or his teammates, he expected perfection in everything he did. Aaron was a solid tackler who was often matched against much bigger athletes but none of them had the courage and aggression Aaron exuded. One thing you could always count on was that Aaron would not back down from anybody, regardless of the circumstance. Aaron was a very smart player that had a keen understanding of Coach Cooper’s defensive schemes that changed from week to week. Aaron’s role in the defence changed often depending on the scheme and Aaron transitioned in and out of each role with ease. Pound for pound Aaron is one of the toughest Vikings to ever play the game and although he might be considered small by football standards he played as big as any Viking that came before him or since. Aaron was also a member of the Vincent Massey Viking Provincial Champion rugby team and he still plays rugby today. Aaron is a Civil Engineer and works for the City of Brandon as the Manager of Infrastructure.