BURLINGTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Davies as the organization’s new Director of Sport.
Matthew brings an extensive sport background to the position that the OUA is confident will help him to thrive in the role.
“Along with the entire OUA, I am excited to welcome Matthew to the team as the new Director of Sport,” said OUA CEO, Gord Grace. “Matthew brings a great deal of expertise to the position and will surely bring an informed and valuable perspective to the organization based on his diverse background in both coaching and administration. We look forward to having Matthew put this experience into action moving forward to help the OUA down a path of continued success for our member schools and student-athletes.”
Most recently, Matthew served as the Director, Athletics and Recreation, at Niagara College. During his five years in the position, he was a leading figure in the creation of a high performance culture that improved the delivery of intercollegiate athletics, campus recreation, and programming.
Matthew showcased the value he placed on both aspects of being a student-athlete, not only mentoring the Niagara College Knights to their best intercollegiate season in nearly a decade – including two CCAA National Championships and six OCAA medals – and having nine student-athletes named a CCAA All-Canadian over the past five seasons, but also through an enhanced academic monitoring system and on-boarding program, helping a record seven student-athletes earn CCAA Academic All-Canadian honours in 2014-15.
Moreover, in this past academic year, a record 50 student-athletes received the OCAA All-Academic Award and 42 student-athletes were named CCAA National Scholar Award recipients.
During his tenure in Niagara, the 2016 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award winner also worked closely with several marquee events. He co-chaired national offerings such as the 2013 CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship; and provincially, including the 2014 OCAA Men’s Soccer Championship, 2015 OCAA Golf Championship, and 2016 OCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Beyond Niagara College, Matthew was also the Co-Chair for the Sport Committee for the 2021 Canada Summer Games Niagara Bid Group – a bid that ultimately proved to be successful for the Region.
Along with an extensive knowledge across the sport landscape, which includes a diploma in High Performance Coaching from the National Coaching Institute, Matthew brings an impressive basketball background to the organization, highlighted by a pair of past roles in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.).
For five seasons, Matthew served as the Men’s Basketball Head Coach, which involved achieving a number of outlined targets revolving around finances, marketing, communications, and overall performance. Beyond surpassing the off-court targets throughout the five-year strategic plan, Matthew mentored four student-athletes to achieve Academic All-Canadian status, trained nine student-athletes to achieve AUS awards, and saw the team qualify for the conference playoffs in four out of five seasons.
Matthew also served as Technical Director for Basketball Prince Edward Island, where he negotiated reintegration into Canada Basketball’s Long-Term Athlete Development program delivery, as well as the implementation of grassroots and elite player development programming.
Amidst all of this experience, Matthew is looking forward to this next step with the OUA.
“I am extremely excited to join the OUA and help continue to build the unique student-athlete experience their sport model and championships create. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with Gord Grace and his team, and hope that my diverse administrative and coaching experience brings value to the role. I look forward to working closely with all 20 member institutions from across Ontario as we strive to be the preeminent university sport conference in Canada.”
Matthew will begin his tenure with the OUA on January 3, 2018.