Area of Expertise: Coaching
Education: Auburn BSC 1997, SFU BA 1995
Primeau, who grew up in Surrey, B.C., joined Trinity Western University in the spring of 2011 after holding the post as head coach of Scottish Athletics for the previous two years, where he guided his team to an 18th place finish at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Since coming to TWU, he has built the Spartans into a highly-competitive track and field and cross country program within the CIS.
While at TWU, Primeau took time off in the summer of 2012 to fill the role as head coach of Canada’s Paralympic Team at the Summer Olympics in London.
Primeau coached Canada’s national track and field team from 2002 to 2009 where he was responsible for jumps, combined events and relay and helped lead Canada at two World Junior Championships and three Pan American Junior Championships. From 2000 to 2009, he was also an assistant coach at UBC in charge of sprints, hurdles, combined events, jumps and javelin and the head coach and administrator with the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club while also, from 1997 to 2009, maintaining the role of head coach of cross country and track and field at St. George’s School in Vancouver.
As an athlete, Primeau was a member of Canada’s senior track and field team from 1990 to 1998 competing in the 400m hurdles event and 4x400m relay.
Primeau has coached some of Canada’s best young athletes in recent years including Elizabeth Gleadle who is the current Canadian record holder in the javelin with a throw of 61.15m, high-jumper Michael Mason, who won gold at the 2004 World Junior Championships and competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and up-and-coming sprinter Rohan Stewart, who has a personal best time in the 200m event of 20.89w.
In 1997 Primeau graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, while double majoring in Political Science and Geography. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a certificate in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University, graduating in 1995.
In 2007 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Coach Award for BC Athletics and, in 1991, he was awarded Sport BC’s “Harry Jerome Comeback Athlete of the Year” after returning to the competitive track after a battle with cancer. In 1994 the cancer returned and once again he was able to win the fight and actually posted his career best times after his second bout.
Primeau has an NCCP Level 3 Technical certificate in sprints and relays and also has Level 3 Practical and Level 2 Theory certificates. He also has a UKA Level 2 coaching license.