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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

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    January 17, 2017
    PREVIEW: WBASK hosts Shoot for the Cure game
    Game Dates/Times: Wednesday, January 18 - 7 p.m. (Waterloo); Saturday, January 21- 1 p.m. (Toronto)
    Game Locations: Athletic Complex, Waterloo
    Live Webcasts: OUA.tv 
    Live Audiocasts: RadioLaurier.com 
    Tickets: tickets.laurierathletics.com or available at the door

    With their 2016-17 home schedule winding down, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (8-5) will host a pair of crucial games as they take on the Waterloo Warriors (5-6) on Wednesday evening before welcoming the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-6) to the Athletic Complex on Saturday.

    - Note the 7 p.m. start time for Wednesday’s Battle of Waterloo game against the Waterloo Warriors
    - Saturday’s game against Toronto will be both the Hawks’ annual Shoot for the Cure game and Autograph Day
    - Fans who wear pink to Saturday’s game will get in for free while donation opportunities will be available on site
    - following the game against the Varsity Blues, the Hawks will be in the Hawk Lounge signing autographs for fans

    - for the first time in three weeks, the Hawks get a small break in their schedule as they won’t face a Top 10 opponent
    - Laurier enters the week fresh off their first win of 2017, a 62-55 decision over the Guelph Gryphons, which snapped a three-game losing streak
    - the Hawks have been hit hard by injuries lately with starters Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, and Irena Rynkiewicz of Mississauga, Ont., both missing time
    - Waterloo enters Wednesday’s game playing their basketball of the year, winning three of their last four games, including a weekend sweep of the Algoma Thunderbirds last weekend
    - Toronto has been even so far in 2017, splitting their first four contests, but are coming off an 86-63 loss to the No. 5 Queen’s Gaels in their last contest
    - Laurier has won 15 straight games against the Warriors dating back to 2009 and are on a three-game winning streak against the Varsity Blues, including a 79-62 victory last season

    Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (8-5)

    G Jill Condron (Oakville, Ont.)
    - with the Hawks using a short-handed lineup against Guelph on Friday, the rookie guard had the best game of her young career, posting a near double-double of 10 points, nine rebounds while adding four steals

    G Rachel Woodburn (Courtice, Ont.)
    - another rookie who stepped up for Laurier in their last game, the guard played a career-high 33 minutes while finishing with four points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots

    Waterloo Warriors (5-6)

    G Kristen Orborne (Markham, Ont.)
    - third year guard is helping the Warriors put together their best season in years, averaging a team-high 11.5 points while sitting second in rebounding at 4.5 per game 

    Toronto Varsity Blues (6-6)

    G Rahshida Atkinson (Scarborough, Ont.)
    - fourth year guard is leading the way for a balanced Varsity Blues offence, averaging 13.3 points per game while shooting nearly 90 percent from the free throw line
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    January 17, 2017
    Wilf's Fan of the Game - Brandon Scarff
    There was a rowdy crowd at the Waterloo Memorial Rec Centre this past Friday as the Golden Hawk men’s hockey team took on the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes. It was a worrying start after UQTR scored in the first period but the Hawks weren't going to give up as they came back with another goal making the score 1-1. The men fought long and hard throughout the second and third period as the game went into overtime and ultimately, a shootout. The Golden Hawks came out on top in the end with a final score of 3-2 against the Patriots.
    It was clear that the men had tremendous support coming from the fans during the game as the participants of Laurier's Winter Carnival attended the game. These fans were loud and proud, cheering at every moment they could. Brandon Scarff, a Laurier student, came fully dressed in Golden Hawk gear and was on his feet cheering for the men's hockey team the entire game. For this, Brandon went home as Wilf's Fan of the Game alongside a t-shirt and gift certificate to Wilf's Restaurant and Bar.
    Think you have what it takes to be named the Wilf's Fan of the Game? Your next chance to win is this upcoming Wednesday January 18th at the Athletic Complex at 7pm as the Golden Hawk women's basketball team hosts the Waterloo Warriors.
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    January 17, 2017
    PREVIEW: MBASK renews Battle of Waterloo
    Game Dates and Times: Wednesday, January 18 – 11:00 a.m. (vs. Waterloo, School Day Game), Saturday, January 21 – 3:00 p.m. (vs. Toronto, Autograph Day)
    Game Locations: Laurier Athletic Complex (both)
    Live Webcast/Television/Radio Coverage: OUA.tv (both), Radio Laurier (both), Rogers Cable 20 (vs. Waterloo)
    Tickets: vs. Waterloo, vs. Toronto

    Following a crucial road win for the Hawks (6-7) in Guelph last Friday and a shock Windsor loss to Western on Saturday, the purple and gold once again find themselves right there in the OUA West, trailing the Lancers (7-5) by just a game and a half.

    The Hawks have a great opportunity this Wednesday when they take on a Waterloo squad with an OUA-worst record of 2-9 at home. History is also on the Hawks side, as Laurier has taken the last eight installments of the Battle of Waterloo dating back to January of 2013.

    The Hawks will try to take care of business against the Warriors before a Saturday clash with the surprising Toronto Varsity Blues. The Blues (8-4) are experiencing a complete 180-degree turnaround from last year’s 5-14 mark and will present a stiff challenge.

    The purple and gold have proven to be at their best when they are getting contributions on both ends up and down the lineup as illustrated in the Guelph win. They will need more of the same as the season winds down into crunch time with seven games remaining and playoff spots on the line.

    -    Saturday's game against Toronto will be Autograph Day with the Hawks signing autographs following their game in the Hawk Lounge
    -    The Toronto game will also be Laurier's Shoot for the Cure game and fans who wear pink can get into the game for free with plenty of donation opportunities available on site
    -    The return engagement against the Warriors will take place just ten days after Wednesday’s game on Jan. 28 at the Waterloo PAC
    -    Following two home games this week, four of the Hawks’ last five games of the regular season will be out on the road, the home finale takes place on Feb. 11 against Western
    -    The Varsity Blues face a nightmarish end to the regular season they will have three road games at Ryerson, Carleton, and Ottawa, whom have a combined record of 29-0 as of the writing of this article

    Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (6-7)

    G Chuder Teny (Kitchener, Ont.)
    -    Teny came up big when it mattered in Friday’s win, turning out a season-best performace with 22-points when his team needed him the most
    -    If he can keep up similar scoring numbers, it would benefit the Hawks greatly as they a searching for a consistent No. 2 offensive option behind Tevaun Kokko of Markham, Ont.

    Waterloo Warriors (2-9)

    F Nedim Hodzic (Waterloo, Ont.)
    -    The local kid has been a revelation in his rookie year for the Warriors, starting eight of 11 games and putting up averages of 15 points and eight rebounds

    Toronto Varsity Blues (8-4)

    F Devin Johnson (Ajax, Ont.)
    -    The fifth year veteran has been a key cog in a basketball resurgence this year for the Blues, leading his team in minutes played with 33 per game and points with 20 per game
  • Read full article
    January 17, 2017
    2017-18 Student Employment Opportunities
    Wilfrid Laurier University is an institution with a long history of excellence in both academics and athletics. Wilfrid Laurier Athletics & Recreation provides a fast paced and challenging work environment with the opportunity to work in a team based and customer focused environment. The department aims to fill positions with the best available candidates who have the appropriate combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    Would you like to work for the Athletics & Recreation Department?  If you are interested in obtaining a Laurier student job for 2017-18 take a look at all the employment opportunities that are available within Athletics & Recreation (you must be enrolled as a student at Laurier). Positions are available in the following areas: Hawk Desk, Stadium, Fitness Centre, Intramurals, Group Exercise, Dance, Clubs, Aquatics, Recreation, Interuniversity Events, Webcasting, Marketing, Social Media, Brand Ambassadors, Graphic Design, Communications and Varsity Sports Reporting.

    It is important to note the qualifications expected for each opportunity to ensure you are applying for a position you feel is best for you.  Please note the application deadline to apply for Student Leadership positions is Sunday, February 4 and Sunday, March 5 for all other jobs.

    Please visit laurierathletics.com/jobs which will provide you step by step instructions of how to apply through Laurier's Career Services Page (Navigator)

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the person whom the application is to made out to (located on the job description for each position).

    We look forward to potentially having you as a part of our team.
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    January 17, 2017
    Laurier Grads Soar - Sophie Kotsopoulos
    Laurier Grads Soar is a nine-part series that features former Wilfrid Laurier University varsity athletes and student-leaders in the Athletics and Recreation Department and the success they have enjoyed since leaving Laurier. Written by award-winning journalist David Grossman, a different feature will be released each week over a nine-week span that will emphasize the role Athletics and Recreation played in helping them achieve success.

    Sophie Kotsopoulos - Senior Director of Integrated Marketing, National Hockey League

    She doesn’t say it often, but you can hear a feeling of deep pleasure in her voice when Sophie Kotsopoulos admits she landed “my dream job”.

    That was after trading in luxury cars for hockey sticks.

    To be a bit more precise, Kotsopoulos was a former brand analyst with BMW Group Canada – a company that claims to be driven by passion. And it just might very well be that same enthusiasm and emotion that drove Kotsopoulos to a slight maneuvering in her career – now as Senior Director of Integrated Marketing for the National Hockey League.

    “There was a posting for a Sales Marketing position with the NHL and I applied,” recalled Kotsopoulos who graduated from Laurier with a double Degree, both with academic Honors, too, in Communications and Sociology and with a Business Administration option.

    “The NHL interview was the same day that I received the BMW Passion Award, which had been voted on by employees. It was a strange feeling. Then, later, when I was informed that I was chosen for the job, I thought about my passion, hard work and persistence to do well.”

    Once interested in becoming a lawyer, it just may have been the overall education, especially the Laurier co-op placement in marketing, and the diverse university lifestyle experience that helped Kotsopoulos find a comfort zone.

    “I went to Laurier because it was a perfect combination in academics and the school prides itself in community involvement – and, for me, it wasn’t all about the classroom,” said Kotsopoulos, who finished her education in France focusing on international studies at the famed ISC Paris Business School.

    “Laurier gave me an incredible foundation, the building blocks that I use everyday to achieve success in the work place. I was fortunate to play a varsity sport, be a Laurier ambassador at high schools, serve on the student advisory board and get a lifetime achievement award with the Student Union.”

    While Kotsopoulos was a gymnast and basketball player in high school, she did excel in one of Canada’s National sports – lacrosse. A fan of hockey, playing the game was not her forte. Instead, Kotsopoulos was a four-time member of Laurier’s lacrosse team – including the one that won the first-ever OUA championship in the sport.

    “The people I met at Laurier have become friends for life and I look back, with great memories, at being so fortunate that my time (at Laurier) allowed me to completely discover so many great things,” said Kotsopoulos, who was recognized in 2016 as one of the outstanding leaders, under the age of 40, in the sports business industry.

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