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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


  • MFOOT QB Knevel to attend Tiger-Cats camp
    May 26, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (May 26, 2017) - When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) open up their 2017 training camp on Sunday, May 28, they will have a little more purple and gold on the field as Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks quarterback Michael Knevel will join the team for training camp as a part of the league’s QB Internship program.

    Knevel, the native of Brantford, Ont., becomes the second Laurier pivot to attend the CFL’s Internship program after former quarterback James Fracas also attended Tiger-Cats training camp back in 2014.

    “We’re excited that Michael has been given the opportunity with the Tiger-Cats to take part in the CFL QB Internship program,” said head coach Michael Faulds. “Michael will soak up as much information over the next week and return to us a better player.”

    “Our quarterback coach Will Finch took advantage of this program twice as a university player, going once to Toronto and once to the Tiger-Cats and advised Michael that it is definitely worth it,” added Faulds. “He may not get many throws in practice, but just sitting in all the meetings and running through the drills is beneficial.”

    Knevel is coming off a breakout 2016 season in which he started eight games during the regular season and playoffs, throwing for 2050 yards and 15 touchdowns, while tossing just three interceptions. He was named the MVP of the 109th Yates Cup after completing 22-of-36 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns while rallying the purple and gold to the largest fourth quarter comeback in Yates Cup history

    The Laurier quarterback will be one of three current or former Golden Hawks in Hamilton’s training camp as team veteran and former defensive back Courtney Stephen, as well as 2017 draft pick Brett Golding, will also represent Laurier.
  • WHKY adds eight new players for 2017-18
    May 26, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (May 26, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey team has brought in eight new recruits for the upcoming 2017-18 season as announced by head coach Rick Osborne on Tuesday.

    Sporting the Golden Hawk crest this coming year will be forwards Emily Didanielli from Whitby, Ont., and Emily Visser of Caledonia, Ont., as well as defenders Rebecca Hall from Uxbridge, Ont., Sarah Jerome of Stoney Creek, Ont., Kaitlin Saxton from Oakville, Ont., and Annalyssia Price of Toronto, Ont., in addition to goaltenders Cohen Myers from Shakespeare, Ont. and Hannah Miller of Georgetown, Ont.

    “This group will make us better on both special teams, raise our compete level even higher, and when they arrive at training camp in September ready to go they will blend in perfectly with the rest of our team," said head coach Rick Osborne on how the young recruits will positively effect the team. 
    Hall and Didanielli both hail from the Whitby Wolves of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL), who finished second in the regular season with a 26-8-3-1 record. Hall, the Wolves’ Assistant Captain, picked up a goal and added 10 assists in her final year. As for her teammate, Didanielli was a huge contributor up front where she earned seven goals and nine assists.  

    In addition, Jerome, Miller, Visser, and Saxton played in the PWHL with the Stoney Creek Sabres, whose team posted a 20-11-5-2 season. Jerome was a clear playmaker for the Sabres, having tallied a goal and 15 assists from the blue line, alongside Saxon who also added key points from the back with three goals and five assists. On offence, Visser was a force for the Sabres having accumulated career-highs for both goals and assists, with six to her name for both categories. 

    Lastly, Price was added from the Aurora Panthers of the PWHL where she produced two goals and six assists. 

    In net, Miller joins the purple and gold after a three-year career in the PWHL.The 5-8 netminder is coming off an impressive season, where she started 22 of 38 games in which she listed a 13-5-4 record. Furthermore, the 2016-17 season saw Miller record her highest number of saves in her time with the Sabres, coming in at 360 saves on the season. Consequently, she registered a .930 save percentage in addition to a 1.21 goals against average this past year.

    Joining Miller between the pipes will be Myers, who spent the last four seasons in the PWHL with the Kitchener-Waterloo Rangers. Standing at 5-6, the netminder started the majority of regular season games, and registered 416 saves on 448 shots. Myers came away with a .929 save percentage and 1.74 goals against average, helping her team to a 22-9-4-3 record and a sixth place finish in the standings.

    “We will be young but our recruiting class does not lack in high level experiences and demonstrated results," commented Osborne on the talent of his newest players. "Our goaltenders Hannah and Cohen have six years of PWHL experience between them and have always been near the top of the PWHL in goals against average and save percentage, our four new defencemen Sarah, Rebecca, Kaitlin and Anna all bring the same type of experience and will add size, speed, vision and toughness to our back end while the two Emily’s up front add speed, more toughness and tenacity to our group."

    The incoming players are strong additions to the team, which will undergo a transformation this year due to a large graduation class that saw the Hawks lose seven veterans from 2016-17.

    “This year’s rookie class marks the end of a three year recruiting blitz and completes a reload of the woman’s hockey program," added Osborne. "Another eight rookies will give us 21 players in their first three years and one player in fourth year.” 

    The eight recruits will join the Laurier ranks in September for training camp and will get their first taste of OUA action in early October when the Hawks open up the regular season.
  • WHKY alumnae to represent Team Canada
    May 17, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (May 17, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s hockey alumnae Giuliana Pallotta and Devon Skeats will join Team Canada to compete at the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championships in Czech Republic in June, 2017.

    Starting June 3, Pallota, a former defenceman from Beeton, Ont., Skeats, a former left winger from Whitby, Ont., will don the red and white to represent their country on the international stage at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation World Ball Hockey Championships in Pardubice.

    The two women were recruited for the upcoming tournament last summer, after impressing scouts at the National Championships in Richmond, B.C., where they were linemates for the New Tecumseh Ball Hockey League (NTBHL), with Pallotta at centre-forward and Skeats on right wing. 

    “I believe that the competition will be pretty difficult," commented Pallotta on her expectations for the World Championships. "I saw a bit of this at the National level where I found the competition level raise to new heights. That being said, I know that I will be playing alongside some experienced veterans that are extremely skilled and knowledgeable about the game, which gives me comfort. Knowing I can lean on them and learn from them will only allow me to get better as the tournament progresses. I truly believe that we have the ability to bring back the gold again this year. “ 

    Pallotta, a recent psychology graduate and 2016 Outstanding Women of Laurier finalist, has been playing ball hockey since the age of eight, and further developed her skills with the NTBHL upon joining the club when she was 15. Now, following a successful two-year campaign with the Golden Hawks women’s hockey team, Pallotta is looking to apply that which she learned as a student-athlete, to the world stage.

    “It is a dream come true to be able to travel overseas and represent my country," said Palotta on the opportunity to represent Canada. "I am extremely honored and excited to be playing this sport on an international stage. I feel that Laurier has allowed me to prepare for an event like this because I am used to having to perform on a week-to-week basis, my training had me working hard throughout the year to stay in shape and the mental toughness when facing adversity will also be something that I will likely face from time-to-time over the course of the tournament. Overall, knowing I’m am going overseas with the label of being a Golden Hawk and Canadian are two things that I couldn’t be more proud to represent.” 

    As for Skeats, the psychology major graduated in 2013 after a five-year career for the Golden Hawks. Following Laurier, Skeats went on to play in the Elite Women’s Hockey League for the Neuberg Highlanders in 2014-15, and most recently, has played two seasons in the National Women’s Hockey League with the Buffalo Beauts. 

    For both Skeats and Palotta, the World Championships will mark their first time playing on an international scale.

    Canada, who is the two-time defending champion and has also finished 1st in the tournament four times in the past five years, will compete in a round-robin series against Slovakia, Great Britain, United States, Italy, and Czech Republic.

    The tournament will run from June 3 to 10 at the Tipsport Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
  • G. Onyeka helps West to win at East West Bowl
    May 15, 2017

    QUEBEC CITY (May 15, 2017) - Regina quarterback Noah Picton threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the East, paving the way for a 37-13 West victory during the 15th annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl at TELUS-UL Stadium in front of 6,528 fans in Quebec City on Saturday afternoon.

    With a second consecutive win, the West improves its record to 9-6 since the Canadian Football League top prospects game was inaugurated in 2003.

    Picton, who won the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2016, awarded to the most outstanding U SPORTS player, continued his stellar year when he was awarded the game’s MVP title for the West, after completing 15 passes in 20 attempts for 228 yards and two majors, in addition to scoring one himself on the field.

    Also standing out for the West was Laurier Golden Hawks defensive back Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont. The two-time First Team All-Canadian posted a team-high 5.5 tackles in the contest, including two solo tackles on special teams. 

    Onyeka’s teammate and fellow defensive back Isaiah Guzylak-Messam of Hamilton, added one tackle while Hawks’ defensive lineman Rashari Henry of Ottawa, didn’t record a statistic in the game.

    The West got the first scoring chance of the game on its third attack in the first quarter. However, running back Atlee Simon from the Regina Rams dropped the ball at the 1-yard line, putting an end to the threat.  The West’s defensive pressure forced the East to give up a safety. After 15 minutes of play, the West led 2-0.

    The East retaliated on the first play of the second quarter. Dubé completed a 36-yard field goal to give his team a 3-2 lead, before putting up another point on the board after a long punt on the following sequence.

    Hugo Richard, the newly named quarterback for Laval’s Rouge et Or, saw his pass intercepted by Jayden McKoy (Manitoba) who brought the ball back 29 yards to the East’s 4-yard line. Two plays later, Saskatchewan Huskies quarterback Kyle Siemens threw a touchdown pass to UBC's Will Watson to give a 9-4 advantage to the West. Guelph kicker Gabriel Ferraro added to his team’s lead with a single on the next kick off. Ferraro and Dubé exchanged a pair of field goals at the very end of the half, before Ferraro was about to add three points to the West’s lead, when a penalty to the East gave them a second chance to attack. Picton seized the opportunity to score a major on a three-yard run. At the half, the West held a 13-point lead, 20-7.

    The kicker showdown continued during the third quarter.  Dubé completed a 14-yard field goal, his third of the game, just before his counterpart, Ferraro, stringed his second, a long 42-yard kick, to bring the gap back to a 13-point lead for the West.

    The West stole the game in the fourth quarter.  After Dubé narrowed the East’s gap to 23-13, Picton threw two touchdown passes to Mitch Kernick(Waterloo) and Richmond Nketiah (Waterloo) to bring the game to 37-13.   

    The West dominated offensively, with 457 yards compared to the East's 344, leading 331-242 in the air and 133-111 on the field. 

    In addition to Picton, quarterback Kyle Siemens also got in on the action for the West, completing 10 of his 18 pass attempts for 103 yards and one major.

    For the East, Richard completed 11 of his 21 attempts for 153 yards and two interceptions, while Queen's quarterback Nate Hobbs was limited to 89 yards, completing 10 of his 17 throws.

    Étienne Moisan (Laval) led the West with 80 yards receiving on four catches, while Guillaume Paquet of the Montreal Carabins had five catches for 92 yards. Tyler Chow (Saskatchewan) and Simon, both representing the West, led the charge on the field with 70 and 64 yards rushing, respectively.

    Defensively, linebacker Nelkas Kwemo (Queen's) led both teams with nine tackles, eight of which were solo. On the West side, linebacker Danny Nesbitt (Regina) stood out with an interception, a quarterback sack and 2.5 tackles.

    NOTES:  Laurier coaches Dwayne Cameron and Irv Daymond served as the Defensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach respectively for the West…at the combine testing earlier in the week, Henry posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of all defensive lineman as he clocked a time of 4.84 seconds while also posted the fastest shuttle time at 4.31 seconds…Guzylak-Messam had the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash time of all defensive backs at 4.70 seconds while also finishing with the fourth-most bench press reps with 16

    - with files from U SPORTS
  • Intramural program recognized for excellence
    May 15, 2017

    WATERLOO, Ont. (May 11, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier University’s Athletics and Recreation department earned their 10th consecutive Outstanding Intramural Achievement Award as they were recognized by the Canadian Intramural and Recreation Association (CIRA) for the 2016-17 academic year.
    Laurier’s intramural program has been received the award repeatedly since the 2007-08 academic year.
    Since first receiving the award 10 years ago, the intramural program has changed dramatically, impacting the Laurier experience for an entire generation of Golden Hawks. From 479 teams at the end of the 2006-07 academic year, the program now has 730 teams in 64 divisions which accounts for 7,750 participants. 
    Over the past decade, 11 new sports have been added to the offering available to Laurier students, including European Handball, Full Field Soccer (11v11), Co-rec Flag Football, Co-rec Ice Hockey, Squash, 2v2 Indoor Soccer, Bouldering Series, Badminton, Wallyball, Cricket and 3v3 Basketball.
    In total, over 150 students are employed to help ensure the program runs throughout the academic calendar year.
    "After coming into university not knowing anyone from high school, I feared it would be hard to make new friends,” said current Wilfrid Laurier University student and Intramural Coordinator Nick McCready on his experience with the intramural program. “This fear completely vanished when I signed up for intramurals at Laurier. Playing basketball and volleyball in my first year, I was able to meet new people very easily. Intramurals have been the driving force of what makes me enjoy Laurier so much and has completely changed my university experience for the better!"
    Schools from across Ontario have been recognized for their outstanding intramural/recreation programs. The schools chosen all offer a variety of activities that promote CIRA Ontario's motto of 'Fun, Active Participation for All'. All programs recognized use students in a leadership capacity within their program.  Laurier has improved the quality of education of their students by acknowledging the value of physical activity for mental and physical well-being.
    CIRA Ontario is an incorporated, non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, promote and develop active living, healthy lifestyles and personal growth through intramural and recreational programs within the education and recreation communities.