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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
Jennifer Childs Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jchilds@wlu.ca
Jamie Carlson Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jcarlson@wlu.ca
Jennifer Martins Athletic Therapist (519)-884-0710 ext. 4354 jmartins@wlu.ca



Name Sport Phone Email
Scott Ballantyne Baseball (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 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) (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 crosscountry@laurierathletics.com
Matt Wilkinson Curling (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 curling@laurierathletics.com
Michael Faulds Football (519) 884-0710 ext. 2180 mfaulds@wlu.ca
Jeff Colley Golf (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 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 (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 womenslacrosse@laurierathletics.com
Ian McLeod Rugby (M) (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 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) (519)-884-0710 ext. 3596 mario@coresportsandfitness.com
Hans Witolla Swimming coachhans7@gmail.com
Peter Grinbergs Track and Field (519)-884-0710 ext. 2184 crosscountry@laurierathletics.com



News Items

Laurier

  • Cricket club launches at Laurier
    July 19, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (July 19, 2017)- Wilfrid Laurier University's official website provided the following article entitled, A pitch with passion: Muhammad Abdul Rehman Naeem launches cricket at Laurier

    They say it takes a village to raise a child.

    Laurier student-athlete Muhammad Abdul Rehman Naeem says it took an entire community, with on- and off-campus support, to build Laurier’s first-ever cricket program. It’s that same community that Naeem and Laurier’s student-cricketers are giving back to with true Golden Hawk pride. 

    ALL-ROUND(ER) COMMUNITY SUPPORT

    Community has been at the heart of Laurier’s cricket program since its launch in May 2014, and Naeem credits Waterloo’s local club, Sunrise Cricket, for supporting the team’s early beginnings.

    “We were very excited to play in Waterloo’s local league, Sunrise Cricket, at Waterloo Park’s cricket ground,” says Naeem. “Being able to play hardball cricket so close to campus and avoid travel to the Toronto area for matches was a huge bonus.”

    Upon arriving to the Waterloo campus ahead of the fall 2013 term, Naeem was surprised to find Laurier students playing improvised matches of hardball cricket in empty campus parking lots.

    Growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, cricket was as common to Naeem as hockey is to many Canadian youth. Given the global popularity of twenty-twenty (T20) cricket, a condensed version of the game, and Laurier’s strong athletic reputation, the future Golden Hawk simply assumed his university would have a cricket program in place. 

    Cricket, in its traditional hardball form, has been played in Waterloo for over a hundred years by local clubs, but the game hadn’t garnered much interest from the city’s university student demographic. 

    “It was really exciting to have such an enthusiastic group of student athletes join our league,” says Parveen Sharma, founder of Waterloo’s Sunrise Cricket Club. “They had energy, skill and passion for the game – something we love to see in the next generation of cricketers.”

    Local restaurateur and cricket buff Abdullah Lawendy, impressed with Laurier’s student-cricketers, offered to sponsor the team and outfit them with jerseys.

    In addition accessing a pitch, opposing teams and community support, playing in Sunrise Cricket’s summer hardball league gave Laurier’s first-ever unofficial hardball team their most important piece of equipment: momentum. 

    “If we were getting support from people in the community, I was confident we could get support from the university,” says Naeem.

    PITCHING TO CAMPUS

    There wasn’t a shortage of support – or interest – for Naeem’s idea to bring cricket to the Waterloo campus. 

    In May 2014, he registered the Laurier Cricket Club (LCC) as a sanctioned sports club through Laurier’s Athletics department and worked with Athletics staff to secure authentic cricket equipment from renowned sporting goods supplier MB Malik International in Pakistan.

    Naeem and two club members began promoting the club on campus, and recruited more than 40 students and community members to play with the LCC. By the fall 2014 term, Naeem had enough interest to move forward with an indoor form of cricket called tape ball that could run throughout the fall and winter months. Four co-ed teams with a mix of domestic and international students faced off Sunday nights on the Waterloo campus. 

    “Diversity is a big thing for me,” says Naeem. “Cricket has ties to so many countries and cultures; it’s a great way to bring people together.”

    With support from Laurier Athletics, Naeem helped organize friendly inter-university tape ball matches with student teams from Ryerson University, University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Western University.

    “Naeem’s passion for inter-university play was the catalyst to grow the sport,” says Peter Baxter, director of Laurier Athletics and Recreation. “With this, Laurier was able to lead the expansion of university cricket across the province.”

    Laurier’s tape ball program has run successfully since 2014, and received official intramural status in September 2016. 

    CRICKET FOR ALL

    Passionate about connecting with people through cricket, Naeem involved himself and LCC members in community initiatives on and off Laurier’s Waterloo campus. 

    Naeem and three hardball teammates participated in the #NotMyLaurier video campaign, a student-run initiative that aims to end gendered violence on campus.

    “As a student-athlete, I feel very strongly about spreading awareness about the issue of gendered violence and sexual assault, which often can go unnoticed or become normalized,” says Naeem. “This campaign was a great way to change the conversation and dispel myths around this issue.” 

    The four student-cricketers and other students from the Waterloo campus took part in panel discussions and workshops to educate the campus community on forms of gendered violence, healthy masculinities and allyship.

    Sharing their excitement for their favourite professional teams, the LCC regularly screens live International Cricket Council matches at the campus restaurant, Wilf’s. On June 18, more than 100 student fans rose early to watch the 5:30 a.m. live broadcast of the 2017 ICC championship match between India and Pakistan. 

    “The love for the game is certainly here,” says Naeem.

    In an effort to inspire a love for cricket early on, Naeem and LCC members lead cricket clinics during the Golden Hawks’ multi-sport summer camps for children offered by Laurier Athletics, and are planning to offer future clinics in local high schools.

    Balancing the workload as a student in the double-degree Business Administration (Laurier) and Math (University of Waterloo) with his passion for cricket has been intense but not impossible. 

    “If you have a passion and love for anything, you can do it here at Laurier,” says Naeem. “The support is here to make you successful.” 

    Naeem’s efforts to establish cricket at Laurier’s Waterloo campus community was rewarded with an extension to his Centennial Scholarship, granted by then-university President and Vice-Chancellor, Max Blouw.

    As his Golden Hawk career begins to wind down, Naeem will look to Laurier’s junior cricketers to keep the club’s momentum going and community growing. He’d like to see cricket established at the Brantford campus, and is confident that the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) will one day recognize cricket as an official varsity sport. Twelve colleges and universities in Southern Ontario have cricket programs in place, adding strength to Naeem’s hope for an eventual OUA status. 

    - This article is written and provided by Wilfrid Laurier University's official website
  • WBASK 2017-18 open tryout announced
    July 19, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (July 19, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier women's basketball team will be hosting an open tryout for any Laurier students interested in making the 2017-18 varsity team.

    Tryouts will be held on Sunday, September 10th at 1:30pm in the Athletic Complex Gym.

    For further information on tryouts, contact Head Coach Paul Falco at pfalco@wlu.ca.

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MEDICAL INFORMATION:

    Incoming first year student athletes (including freshmen, transfer students, and Laurier students not in first year who have not participated in an interuniversity sport) are required to have completed, by a physician, the Initial Health Assessment Form before they participate in an interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out.
     
    Returning student athletes are required to complete the Veteran Athlete Health Assessment Form, before they participate in interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out. This form updates the student athlete's medical history over the past 12 months.

    Any athlete who has been prescribed any medications must declare them on their medical questionnaire.

  • 2017-18 GOLF tryout dates released
    July 18, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (July 18, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier University men's and women's golf teams will be hosting open tryouts at the end of August for any Laurier students interested in making the 2017-18 team.

    All interested golfers must contact Head Coach Jeff Colley at golf@laurierathletics.com to attend the tryouts which will be hosted at Grey Silo Golf Club on the following dates and times:

    • Friday, Aug 25 at 8:00 a.m.
    • Saturday, Aug 26 at 8:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, Aug 27 at 8:30 a.m.

    Please note, there will be a tryout fee of $160. For more information, contact Coach Colley.

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MEDICAL INFORMATION:

    Incoming first year student athletes (including freshmen, transfer students, and Laurier students not in first year who have not participated in an interuniversity sport) are required to have completed, by a physician, the Initial Health Assessment Form before they participate in an interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out.
     
    Returning student athletes are required to complete the Veteran Athlete Health Assessment Form, before they participate in interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out. This form updates the student athlete's medical history over the past 12 months.

    Any athlete who has been prescribed any medications must declare them on their medical questionnaire.

  • MHKY announces tryout for 2017-18 season
    July 18, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (July 18, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier men's hockey team will be hosting an open tryout for any Laurier students interested in making the 2017-18 varsity team.

    Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 5th from 3:30pm - 5:30pm at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. Please note there is a mandatory tryout fee of 40 dollars per person.

    Athletes wishing to tryout must contact Head Coach Greg Puhalski at gpuhalski@wlu.ca by Friday, September 1st and state your position.

    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MEDICAL INFORMATION:

    Incoming first year student athletes (including freshmen, transfer students, and Laurier students not in first year who have not participated in an interuniversity sport) are required to have completed, by a physician, the Initial Health Assessment Form before they participate in an interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out.
     
    Returning student athletes are required to complete the Veteran Athlete Health Assessment Form, before they participate in interuniversity sport, which includes the first try-out. This form updates the student athlete's medical history over the past 12 months. 

    Any athlete who has been prescribed any medications must declare them on their medical questionnaire.
  • Four new faces set to join MHKY in 2017-18
    July 13, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (July 13, 2017)- Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey head coach Greg Puhalski has announced four recruits who are set to join the purple and gold for the upcoming 2017-18 season

    Pulhalski adds defencemen Kyle Jenkins and Anthony Conti, as well as forwards Anthony Sorrentino and Jeremy Pullara to the 2017-18 roster.

    Headlining the class is defender Kyle Jenkins of Brampton, Ont. The 6-1 defencemen played  four season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), starting his career in the latter half of the 2012-2013 season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The former seventh round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes has spent the last two and a half seasons with the Peterborough Petes, where he earned the title of Assistant Captain last year. Last season, in 67 games, he recorded career highs in his time with the OHL, with 12 goals and 37 assists to put him at his all-time high of 49 points. Jenkins also  added two goals and seven assists to the Pete’s playoff run, where he helped his team earn silver at the Eastern Conference Championships. His presence on the blue line last fall saw him sign an amateur tryout agreement with the Edmonton Oilers after participating in the NHL’s rookie camp. 

    Joining Jenkins is Anthony Conti, who stand at 6-3, and is solid force on both sides of the ice. The North Vancouver, B.C. native comes to Laurier after having played  two seasons in the NCAA with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, where he earned 10 goals and 15 assists throughout his two seasons.  Last season, Conti played 16 games in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with the Mississippi RiverKings. 

    Up front, teammates Anthony Sorrentino and Jeremy Pullara, both wingers from Woodbridge, Ont., will help strengthen Laurier’s attack. Sorrentino, standing at 6-4, spent parts of two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he played a total of 102 games between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Halifax Mooseheads. He recorded  46 points over the course of his QMJHL career. Most recently, Sorrentino spent the 2016-17 season with the Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). There, he registered 11 goals and seven assists in only 14 games, and capped off the regular season with the Hawks winning the league championship . Moreover, he  contributed 16  points in the Golden Hawks 21 playoff game run that saw the Hawks win the RBC Cup. As for Pullara, he served as Assistant Captain of the Hawks last season, and earned 23 goals and 32 assists in just 47 games, which marked an incredble 55 point regular season. During playoffs, he achieved 15 points in 21 games. 

    The new recruits will have a chance to suit up in purple and gold during the first regular season game of the year, during their home opener. The Hawks will take on Lakehead at the Waterloo Rec Complex on October 13th. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm.