The fall athletics season has come and gone; some of our teams experienced success and others disappointment. Congratulations to our men’s rugby team and the varsity club men’s field lacrosse team for their participation in post-season play. The winter season is in full swing with our basketball teams in the thick of their schedules, the ski teams have hit the slopes (finally there is snow!), and the Polar Bear hockey team continues to play exhibition games in the area. Most importantly, though, is the fact that all our teams compete at their highest level and give the very best they can of themselves.
This fall Bishop’s University took a positive step in joining "Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke,” an organization of all the major athletics players in the Sherbrooke area. This partnership enables Bishop’s to be at the table when large sporting events are being organized in the Sherbrooke area which could have a spin-off effect for our University. Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke, for example, has begun planning and will submit a bid to host the Summer Canada Games in 2013.
I want to thank Dr. Michael Richardson for his dedication and work as our Women’s Head Soccer Coach. His efforts to raise the profile of Women’s Soccer at Bishop’s are much appreciated. Darren Matthews, an Assistant Coach with Mike, will take over the Head Coaching duties. He has developed a good plan and is committed to taking the program to greater heights.
There was also a recent change in our football staff. Marc Loranger, the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for the past seven seasons, took over a similar position at the University of Sherbrooke. I thank him for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in his new endeavours. A search is on to replace Marc and news will be forthcoming as to whom we find.
On behalf of our coaches and student-athletes I would like to wish all of you the very best in 2007. Your support helps bridge the financial gap which continues to grow in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Our coaches continue to work hard to recruit, train, and mentor the best student-athletes so that they can have as positive an experience as you had when you wore Gaiter purple. Thank you.
Director of Athletics
Gaiter Soccer Change
Last month Tony Addona, Director of Athletics at Bishop’s University, named Darren Matthews as the new Head Coach of the Gaiter women’s soccer program.
Matthews, who has been involved with the team as an assistant coach since 2002, takes over from Michael Richardson who stepped down after the season.
“We are very pleased to confirm Darren’s appointment as Head Soccer Coach. Darren is a very motivated individual and accepts this challenge wholeheartedly. Darren has a well thought out plan for what he wants to do and this is very positive for the future of the program,” said Addona.
Matthews is a full time professor at Champlain College Lennoxville. He has been the department head of the Social Science and Humanities programs since 2001. He will continue his teaching and academic duties while he coaches the team.
Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and also has a Master’s degree in Ancient History from the Universite de Montreal. He is presently completing requirements for his Ph.D in Archaeology from the Universite Laval.
Matthews played soccer at the CEGEP and University level and has also played soccer for clubs in Australia, South Korea and Germany.
“We would obviously like to improve on last year’s record. Our starting points will be based on our best performances from last season as well as our strengths,” mentioned the new Head Coach. “Our plan is to play with more intensity and to be more efficient with the ball. Just improving on these two things can greatly aid us in becoming a better team.”
This past fall, the Gaiters showed encouraging signs by gaining six points in league standings in 13 games- this was their best performance since 2003. They also showed character and ability in playing to a 0-0 tie against the perennially strong Montreal Carabins.
Matthews will be able to count on seventeen veterans returning next September- nine of whom were in their first year in 2006. The losses are graduating players Jennifer Anderson, Cara Blainey and Stacey Holder.
One of Matthews’s main goals is to put the program back on the winning track. The Gaiters have not made the playoffs since 2002 and have not enjoyed a winning season since 2001 when they completed league play with an 8-3-2 record.
"Excellence" News for Bishop's Athletics
In November Principal Robert Poupart proudly announced that Bishop’s University will be joining the City of Sherbrooke as well as the Université de Sherbrooke as partners in Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke (ESS). This announcement should help to solidify Sherbrooke as one of the three pillars with Montreal and the city of Quebec in the development of high performance sports in Quebec.
“We look forward to working with our partners to attract and retain elite athletes to the area, bring major athletic events to Sherbrooke, and promote physical fitness to the community at large,“ said a pleased Poupart.
“Bishop’s University strongly believes in the objectives of Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke and is proud to become a partner in this initiative, “stated Poupart. “Bishop’s has been promoting athletic excellence in the Sherbrooke area since 1851 when rowing, swimming and skating took place at the foot of our campus on the Massawippi and St. Francis Rivers.“ Bishop’s University has made a three year commitment to Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke and will be represented by Mr. Bruce Stevenson on the board of ESS.
Both the City and Université de Sherbrooke renew their commitment until 2010
The Mayor of Sherbrooke, Mr. Jean Perrault and the Vice-Rector (university life) from Université de Sherbrooke Mr. Jean Desclos also announced that both have renewed their organization’s partnership in Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke through to 2010.
Mayor Perrault stressed the important role ESS plays in promoting an active lifestyle to Sherbrooke residents with programs such as Mardis actifs and Marchez Sherbrooke. The programs encourage a healthy lifestyle and compliment the efforts of the City and Université de Sherbrooke to offer facilities and programs that promote physical activity.
Mr. Jean Desclos sees the ESS as a shining example of a productive partnership for the Sherbrooke area. “Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke is the perfect link between sport and researchers from different academic areas. The ability to attract and retain high level athletes to our universities is also an excellent advantage ESS can offer, “states Desclos.
About Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke
Created in June 2004 through a partnership between the City of Sherbrooke and Université de Sherbrooke, Excellence Sportive Sherbrooke is one of the legacies of the World Junior Athletics Championships of 2003. The mandate of ESS is to develop high level sports, plan major sporting events, and promote physical activity.
Gifts from graduates and friends fund many aspects of the Bishop’s experience, including the recent purchase of an elliptical trainer for the upstairs weight room in the Sports Centre.
“When I heard there were no elliptical trainers at the Sports Centre I knew I had to act,” said Tracy Dort-Kyne ’93. “The Plex was an important part of my years at Bishop’s, and I remain involved in the fitness industry today as a group fitness instructor. Elliptical machines are standard in every good gym, so Bishop’s needs them as well – students deserve access to the best possible equipment.”
Discussions took place with Al Ansell, Co-ordinator of Facilities, who agreed that the machine would be a good addition and he could make room for one. After some consideration Al decided that if Tracy purchased one, he would find money in the Sports Centre budget for another. Buying two allowed the University to get them at a reduced price.
These two new state-of-the-art elliptical machines are in constant use from 6:00 am to midnight. The Athletics Department and the entire student body are grateful for Tracy’s generosity and continued commitment to Bishop’s.
Honouring Past Champions
This September, (date TBD) the ’67 Championship Gaiters men’s basketball team, who were coached by Garth Smith, will earn their place of honour by their induction into the prestigious RBC Wall of Distinction.
The ’67 hoopsters steamrolled opponents with a near perfect 15-1 regular season record. In the conference championship game, the Gaiters emerged with a convincing 81-66 victory over MacDonald College.
With the OSLAA championship in hand the Gaiters traveled to Calgary for the National Championships. The Gaiters earned the Bronze medal (3rd in the country) by defeating UNB 57-45 and Waterloo Lutheran 67-55.
Possessing the best defense in the league, the Gaiters were also a coherent group on offense led by all stars Peter Munzar and Butch Staples. Rounding out the starting five were Dave Oldfield, Ken Flewelling and Nick Busing. Championship depth was provided by Brad Jones, Richard Purcell, John and Doug MacKenzie, Lindsay Black, Barrie Hall and Tom Veary. John McDonough was also a valuable part of the team – the first Bishop’s basketball team to earn national prominence.
The 1966-67 basketball Gaiters personified what team spirit was all about. They were a credit to themselves, their fans and the University. We look forward to honouring this team in September.
Purple & Siver Football Recruitment Weekend
February 16 - 18, 2007
Over 40 prospective football student-athletes will be on campus for the weekend. If you are interested in helping with this important weekend please contact Coach Blugh.
Gaiter Classic Golf
Friday, June 1, 2007
Mark your calendars! Make plans to join us in Lennoxville for this annual event - which helps support our Gaiter athletes.