Carleton University's Department of Recreation and Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Michel Roy as the next head coach of the Men's Water Polo team.
"Carleton is a great, reputable university and I will be very proud to be part of its great history," said Roy.
Roy comes to the Carleton Ravens from Water Polo Canada and the Gatineau Water Polo Club, where he has been coaching Canadian junior teams since 2011.
As a former water polo player at the Canadian senior level, Roy won the national championship with British Columbia in 1982. He also won a Canadian junior level championship with Sainte-Foy, Quebec in 1980.
Once his playing career ended, Roy joined the coaching ranks as the senior Women's head coach of the British Columbia Provincial Water Polo Club. He moved into a more advanced role with the Vancouver Reign Water Polo Club as the head coach of both the senior and junior Men's and Women's teams.
From 1988-1994, Roy served as the Men's National team programs coach, also leading his British Columbia team to six national championships in seven years. While serving as varsity head coach at the University of British Columbia, Roy led the Thunderbirds to two straight CIAU (now CIS) University Championships (1990-1991). He also led the Pacific Storm Water Polo Club senior Men's team to five straight Canadian National Championships from 1999-2003.
Roy's instant impact at the national level prompted his rise to the international scene. Since 1985, he has coached at the FISU Games, the Pan-Am Games, the World Championships, and even at the NCAA level with the University of Hawaii (2003-2011). He won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's Coach of the Year honours in 2005 and 2006.
His vast experience has brought him to competitions around the world, including water polo tournaments in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the Caribbean and the United States.
Roy has had the pleasure of working with several Olympic athletes during his coaching career. He coached Canadian athletes that participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Olympics as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"With 42 years in Water Polo in Canada and the USA, I bring experience, knowledge and hopefully success," said Roy. "It may take time, but getting a great program already built by Zoltan Csepregi, the former Carleton head coach, I am very excited to take over his achievements and hopefully duplicate his success."
As a Level IV Certified NCI coach, Roy will look to lead the Ravens back to the OUA title this season. The Ravens were the 2013 OUA champions, but were dethroned by the University of Toronto Blues in the championship game in 2014.
"We all know that the University of Toronto team is a very well built program with a very accomplished head coach (George Gross). It will be very challenging but I expect [this year] to be a great season of competition."
With Coach Roy at the helm in 2015, the Ravens will look to make it back to the OUA championship once again, but this time they will be looking for a different outcome.
The 2015 OUA Men's Water Polo season commences this fall.
Source: Carleton Ravens