TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY (ANNOUNCEMENT)
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAURIER PRIMEAU NAMED SPARTANS TRACK AND FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY COACH
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western University Director of Athletics Murray Hall announced Friday the hiring of Laurier Primeau as the new track and field and cross country coach.
Primeau, who grew up in Surrey, B.C., will join Trinity Western after holding the post as head coach of Scottish Athletics for the past two years and most recently guiding his team to an 18th place finish at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Primeau also 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.
"The leadership of Spartan Athletics just got stronger with the hiring of Laurier as the head coach of our track and field and cross country programs at Trinity Western University" Hall said. “Laurier fully embraces and will strengthen our Complete Champion Approach™ as he joins a stellar CIS coaching staff across multiple sports.
"He’s an entrepreneurial improviser and will excel at building TWU into a perennial contender for all of the highest awards in the four teams he leads. He is centred on excellence, not average. I can think of no better place to study and become a top runner, jumper or thrower than at Trinity Western. Laurier’s competitive spirit and gifting is a natural for coaching at Trinity Western in high performance sport."
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 58.21m, 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.
And while his past coaching record speaks for itself, Primeau comes to Trinity Western with an unbridled enthusiasm to build a program that is much more than just times and distances.
“I’m really drawn by the Complete Champion Approach and the fact that Trinity Western is developing well-rounded student-athletes,” Primeau said. “While sport might be a big part of their lives, it’s not the only part and when they finish at this institution, they need to have skills that will make them good employees, good family people and good citizens. That holistic development is something I can both espouse and admire.”
He comes into a program that is going into just its second year back on the CIS track and field scene, so for Primeau it’s a chance to build a foundation in his liking and expand what has been, so far, just a track and cross country program.
“Being able to start essentially from scratch means that I can put my foot print on it,” Primeau said.”The intention for me is to build a well-rounded program and to recruit the best athletes in this country who are the right fit for this university regardless of what their best event is, whether it is field or track.”
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.
“Laurier brings TWU an immediate impact coach that will have the ability to guide and transform student athletes in track and field and cross country,” said Spartans men’s basketball coach Scott Allen. “Laurier has demonstrated success all through his coaching career and will excel at TWU. He will have the ability to attract student athletes because of his caring attitude and attention to detail. I look forward to working with Laurier and learning from him as well.”
Primeau replaces former head coach Susan Northey after she spent one year coaching the Spartans.
He joins a Spartans program that has been hugely successful of late on the national scene. This past year, the Spartans won three CIS medals including gold in men’s volleyball, silver in men’s basketball and bronze in women’s volleyball. This follows on the heels of a 2009-10 campaign in which the Spartans women’s soccer team won its second of back-to-back CIS gold medals, the men’s volleyball team won the CIS silver medal and the men’s soccer team won the CIS bronze medal.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.
"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 13 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."
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