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Name Title Phone Email
Dr. Max Blouw President (519) 884-0710 Ext. 2443 max.blouw@wlu.ca
Peter Baxter Athletic Director (519) 884-0710 ext. 2216 pbaxter@wlu.ca
Patricia Kitchen Associate Director, Athletics and Recreation (519) 884-0710 ext. 2384 pkitchen@wlu.ca
Ryan Lannan Manager, Interuniversity Sport (519) 884-0710 ext. 3428 rlannan@wlu.ca
Jamie Howieson Coordinator, Communications (519) 884-0710 ext. 3492 jhowieson@wlu.ca
Jon Kursikowski Manager, Marketing and Events (519) 884-0710 ext. 3289 jkursikowski@wlu.ca
Dawn Simons Events and Sponsorship Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3888 dsimons@wlu.ca
Courtney Bruce Athlete Services and Events Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3739 cbruce@wlu.ca
Ted Collins Coordinator, Game Day Operations (519) 884-0710 ext. 3404 tcollins@wlu.ca
Phil Dolmage Coordinator, Web & Technology (519) 884-0710 ext. 2855 pdolmage@wlu.ca
Wesley Van Luven Coordinator, Facilities (519) 884-0710 ext. 3732 wvanluven@wlu.ca
Jennifer O'Neill Manager, Recreation and Facilities (519) 884-0710 ext. 2466 joneill@wlu.ca
Amanda Taylor Coordinator, Clubs, Camps and Aquatics (519) 884-0710 ext. 2274 amtaylor@wlu.ca
Krista Irving Booking and Finance Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3720 kirving@wlu.ca
Karen Partridge Finance Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 4483 kpartridge@wlu.ca
Wendy Webb Administrative Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 2184 wwebb@wlu.ca
Jamie Carlson Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jcarlson@wlu.ca
Jennifer Childs Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jchilds@wlu.ca

Name Sport Phone Email
Scott Ballantyne Baseball mensbaseball@laurierathletics.com
Justin Serresse Basketball (M) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2188 jserresse@wlu.ca
Paul Falco Basketball (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 3504 pfalco@wlu.ca
Peter Grinbergs Cross Country (M/W) crosscountry@laurierathletics.com
Matt Wilkinson Curling curling@laurierathletics.com
Michael Faulds Football (519) 884-0710 ext. 2180 mfaulds@wlu.ca
Jeff Colley Golf golf@laurierathletics.com
Greg Puhalski Hockey (M) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2465 gpuhalski@wlu.ca
Rick Osborne Hockey (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2182 rosborne@wlu.ca
Lynn Orth Lacrosse womenslacrosse@laurierathletics.com
Ian McLeod Rugby (M) mensrugby@laurierathletics.com
TBD Rugby (W) womensrugby@laurierathletics.com
Barry MacLean Soccer (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 3508 bmaclean@wlu.ca
Mario Halapir Soccer (M) mario@coresportsandfitness.com
Hans Witolla Swimming coachhans7@gmail.com
Peter Grinbergs Track and Field crosscountry@laurierathletics.com

News Items


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    March 27, 2017
    Malcolmson named Athlete of the Week
    WATERLOO, Ont. (March 28, 2017) - Men’s curling second Kenneth Malcolmson of Toronto, has been named the Laurier Hawk Shop Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 26, 2017. 

    Last week, Malcolmson competed at the first U SPORTS curling championship of his career. The first year athlete led all seconds in shooting percentage during the round robin, as he curled an outstanding 81 percent.  Moreover, in five of the Golden Hawks’ seven games, the fourth year Kin/Phys. Ed major shot no less than 80%. In the team’s 9-4 win over Dalhousie, Malcolmson achieved his best result of the week when he shot 90% in the contest. With a 3-4 record on the week, a mere tiebreak ruling in their final match was all that kept the Hawks from heading to playoffs. 

    This is Malcolmson’s first time earning Male Athlete of the Week Honours.
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    March 24, 2017
    Karn named Outstanding Woman of Laurier
    WATERLOO, Ont. (March 24, 2017) - Julie Karn, a third year midfielder on the women’s soceer team, was named the 2017 Outstanding Women of Laurier award recipient on Thursday evening at the 12th annual Outstanding Women of Laurier dinner at Bingemans Conference Centre.
    Karn, a native of Waterloo, Ont., was one of three nominees for this year’s award which included women’s hockey team captain Giuliana Pallotta of Beeton, Ont., and women’s lacrosse midfielder Jessie Lubert of Elmira, Ont.
    “Julie encapsulates everything that this award represents and is a wonderful recipient,” said Peter Baxter, Laurier’s director of athletics and recreation. “She is an outstanding athlete who excels on the pitch for our women’s soccer team and is also an exceptional student in the classroom. On top of all that, she has found so many ways to give back to her community.”
    Karn, a third year kinesiology and physical education major, becomes the second women’s soccer player to receive the award and second in as many years after teammate Jacky Normandeau won the award a year ago.
    “I’m speechless. I still can’t believe it, I’m shaking. The fact that I received this award is just incredible. I’m very excited,” said Karn upon receiving the award.

    “It just shows the support that they [Laurier Athletics] provides female athletes,” added Karn when asked about the importance of the award. “For this school to even offer this opportunity and this award and this event, just shows how much they support their female athletes through scholarships, athletic awards and programs.”
    A key member of Laurier’s starting 11, Karn has made 31 starts for the Golden Hawks over her career since joining the purple and gold back in 2014, registering five goals and one assist. During the 2015 season, despite missing time due to an injury, the graduate of Bluevale CI was named an OUA Second Team All-Star as she helped Laurier win the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Silver medal and advance to the national championship.
    Away from the pitch, Karn, who has also danced professionally since the age of 14, has given her time to teach young dancers at various dance studios in Kitchener-Waterloo while also working with Education of the Next Generation which provides curriculum-based dance workshops to students in the Toronto Catholic School Board. She has also volunteered her time canvassing for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation and is in the process of becoming an In-School Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo.
    Also announced on Thursday evening was the recipient of the Dolores “Mitzi” Michael Women Leaders Scholarship, an award established in memory of Dolores “Mitzi” Michael who served on staff in the department of athletics and recreation between 1972 and 1993. The award is given to one female student who has held a leadership position in the department and has demonstrated leadership qualities that focus on team building and enhancing the student experience.
    This year’s recipient is Daniella Orsi who has served as the team manager for the men’s basketball team for the past three years and is a two-time recipient of the Chuck Classen Golden Hawk Award of Excellence for Team Manager. Orsi has also served as a brand ambassador for Laurier athletics and works at the Athletic Complex Hawk Desk.

    Laurier launched the Outstanding Women of Laurier award in 2006 to recognize female students who combine athletic and academic achievement with an active commitment to the community through volunteerism.
    The event included an inspirational keynote address from Karina Leblanc, a goalkeeper who was a member of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal winning Canadian women’s soccer team, and was hosted by Susan Cook-Scheerer, Host and Associate Producer of Waterloo Region’s favourite talk show, daytime on Rogers TV.
    This year’s event raised close to $23,000 to help support women’s athletic initiatives, scholarships and the mentoring program at Laurier.
    The event was made possible by leadership sponsors RBC Royal Bank, Miller Thomson LLP and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Contributing sponsors included Armstrong Partnership LP, College Pro Painters, Great-Canadian Holidays, Coaches and Fleet Services, Mad Hatter Technology, Toyota Manufacturing, as well as a number of Wilfrid Laurier University departments. In-kind sponsors included Robin’s Goldsmithing and Brentwood Livery.
    Outstanding Women of Laurier Award recipients
    2016-17 - Julie Karn (Soccer)
    2015-16 - Jacky Normandeau (Soccer/Hockey)
    2014-15 - Lee Anna Osei (Basketball)
    2013-14 - Bree Chaput (Basketball)
    2012-13 - Fiona Lester (Hockey)
    2011-12 - Laura Crocker (Curling)
    2010-11 - Brittany Shaw (Swimming)
    2009-10 - Liz Knox (Hockey)
    2008-09 - Hollie Nicol (Curling)
    2007-08 - Lauren Meschino (Hockey)
    2006-07 - Jillian Ritsma (Basketball)
    2005-06 - Fiona Aiston (Hockey)
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    March 24, 2017
    MCURL named February OUA Team of the Month
    BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following teams have been selected as Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Teams of the Month, presented by lululemon, for the month of February.

    Winners of the OUA Teams of the Month will receive a team yoga session and a shop night at their local lululemon store.

    MALE: Laurier Golden Hawks – Curling (10-0 OUA championship) 

    The Laurier Golden Hawks men's curling team has been selected as an OUA Team of the Month, presented by lululemon, after going unbeaten at the OUA championship to claim their third consecutive provincial title. 

    Laurier breezed through the competition unblemished in the round robin, picking up victories over Algoma (12-2), Trent (8-2), Queen's (4-3), Western (3-1), McMaster (6-5), Windsor (7-1) and Lakehead (10-5) 

    Following a 6-5 win over the Carleton Ravens in the quarter-finals, the Golden Hawks defeated the Brock Badgers 6-4 in the semifinals, to advance to the gold medal match for a fourth straight season. 

    Facing the rival Gaels for the second time in the tournament, with Queen's sitting three, Golden Hawks skip Matthew Hall (Kitchener, Ont.) drew to the button to earn a 5-3 win. 

    With their championship sweep, the Hawks have now won 22 consecutive games at the conference championship and became just the third team in OUA history to win three straight curling championships. 

    The Hawks, featuring Hall, vice Jordie Lyon-Hatcher (Ottawa, Ont.), second Kenneth Malcolmson (Toronto, Ont.), lead Russell Cuddie (London, Ont.), and alternate Jeffrey Wanless (Aurora, Ont.), joined the Waterloo Warriors (1983-85) and the Windsor Lancers (1977-79) as they only teams to accomplish the feat.

    FEMALE: Toronto Varsity Blues – Volleyball (8-0 regular season)

    Following a perfect 8-0 month of February, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women's volleyball team has been named the OUA Team of the Month, presented by lululemon. 

    After a 3-2 victory over the nationally ranked McMaster Marauders to open the month, the Blues cruised to back-to-back straight set victories over Brock and Trent.

    Toronto alternated 3-1 and 3-0 victories over York, Windsor, Western and Waterloo before defeating Guelph 3-2 to finish the regular season with a perfect 19-0 record for a second straight season. 

    Over the course of the month, the Blues only dropped six sets, four of which were to nationally ranked opponents (McMaster / Western). 

    The Blues averaged 18.93 digs per set during the month of February, their highest monthly total of the season to go along with 16.1 points per set.

    A major reason for the Blues success in the month of February was the continued strong play of second-year right side Alina Dormann (Ottawa, Ont.) who averaged 0.70 services aces and 5.2 points per set in eight matches
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    March 22, 2017
    MCURL run at nationals comes to an end
    THUNDER BAY, Ont. (March 22, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks run at the 2017 U SPORTS/Curling Canada men’s curling championship came to an end on Tuesday evening as they suffered a 10-2 loss to the Regina Cougars in the final draw of the round robin.

    Laurier, who entered the day with a 2-3 record, put themselves in contention to qualify for the playoffs thanks to an impressive 6-4 win over the Alberta Golden Bears in Draw 6. That result left the team needing a win against the Cougars to advance but the Hawks came out flat and saw their record drop to 3-4.

    With four teams tied for the fourth and final playoff spot, including the Golden Hawks, the position was determined by a head-to-head tiebreaker, which failed to go the way of the purple and gold.

    “There’s not one thing really that went wrong,” said head coach Matt Wilkinson after the team failed to advance out of the round robin. “We never really got on a roll. It was one of those weeks where we fought some things, fought some ice, fought some weight, just behind the eight ball in a lot of games. But the guys battled and I’m proud of them.”

    The result was unfortunate for Laurier as they played perhaps their best game of the week to open the day on Tuesday.

    In a showdown between the Golden Bears and Golden Hawks, the two schools to play for the national championship each of the last two years, both teams brought their ‘A’ games to the contest.

    Needing a win to remain in the playoff hunt, the Hawks fell behind early when Alberta scored two in the second end but remained patient and responded with two of their own in the fifth to tie the contest at the fifth end break.

    The two teams would trade scores of two in the sixth and seventh ends, leaving the game tied 4-4 heading to the final three ends.

    After a blank in the eighth end, Laurier got a great shot from vice Jordie Lyon-Hatcher of Ottawa, to bury a rock behind the centre line guard. Then, on his last shot, skip Matthew Hall of Kitchener, Ont., executed the perfect hit-and-roll to give Laurier two rocks buried behind cover.

    On his final shot attempt, Alberta skip Thomas Scoffin’s rock didn’t curl enough and Laurier stole two to take a 6-4 lead.

    In the 10th end, the Hawks ran the Golden Bears out of rocks, highlighted by an angle-raise takeout by Hall on his final shot to pick up the win.

    “I’m proud of the boys the way they came out this morning,” said Wilkinson on picking up the win in a rematch of last year’s national championship game. “That one is always circled on the calendar with the Alberta-Laurier rivalry and if we could have played like that the whole week, we could have been untouchable.”

    With momentum on their side following the win over Alberta, the Hawks looked poised for a strong performance against Regina.

    However, after giving up a single point in the first end, Laurier missed their final shot in the second end, giving up a steal of one, and it was downhill from there. 

    The purple and gold would give up steals in each of the next three ends and once the game reached eight ends, the minimum required to play at nationals, the team shook hands giving the Cougars the victory.

    With a 3-4 record, the team was still alive for the final playoff spot after the Queen’s Gaels lost to the Memorial Sea-Hawks.  Tied with Queen’s, Regina and Dalhousie in the standings, Laurier came out on the wrong end of the tiebreaker, holding just a 1-2 record against those teams to drop out of playoff spot. That left the purple and gold sixth overall for the week.

    Despite missing out on the playoffs, Wilkinson believes the season was a success for a young Laurier squad that will return at least three of five players from this year’s team.

    “OUA gold is always big for the program. We are a banner sport, we were able to bring a banner home [this season] so that’s still very important to us, to the school, to everyone involved.”
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    March 20, 2017
    Three MFOOT players to compete at CFL Combine
    WATERLOO, Ont. (March 20, 2017) – Three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team will be looking to make one last impression on Canadian Football League (CFL) teams ahead of the CFL Draft as they head to Regina this week for the 2017 National CFL Combine presented by adidas.

    Defensive linemen Kwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., and Jalen Price of Hamilton, along with linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., will take part in the three-day combine from March 23-25 at Evraz Place in Saskatchewan as a part of CFL Week festivities. 

    Over the course of the three days, players will undergo medical examinations, performance, strength and speed tests, on-field football drills and team interviews in front of general managers, coaches and scouts from all teams.

    Boateng heads into the national combine as the sixth-ranked prospect in the country. The 6-2, 250 lbs. defensive end had another stellar season for the Golden Hawks as he earned U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian and OUA First Team All-Star honours for the second consecutive year.

    He finished the 2016 season by setting new career marks in total tackles (22), knockdowns (6) and forced fumbles (4). He also became Laurier’s all-time sacks leader by recording 6.5 to give him 20.5 for his career.

    Onyeka, who was ranked 18th on December’s CFL Scouting Bureau prospect list, is also coming off a career year in which he was a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian and the winner of the OUA President’s Award for top stand up defensive player in the conference.

    The 6-0, 210 lbs. linebacker, who was also an OUA First Team All-Star, finished first in the OUA in solo tackles in 2016 with 51, giving him a career-best 59.5 total tackles. He also set a new career high with 5.5 sacks while adding two knockdowns, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

    Price joins his teammates in Regina after earning OUA First Team All-Star status in 2016. The 6-5, 320 lbs. defensive tackle was a force in the middle of Laurier’s defence last year, finishing with 19 tackles, five sacks and two knockdowns. He was also recognized as the West Defensive Player of the Week at the 2016 East West Bowl.

    For more information on CFL Week, visit markscflweek.ca.