St. Thomas Names Mike Eagles Director of Athletics

St. Thomas University has named Mike Eagles interim Director of Athletics effective August 1st.

The head coach of the men’s hockey Tommies since 2002, Eagles was the Canadian Inter-University Sport Coach of the Year and Atlantic University Sport Coach of the Year in 2002-03. He will continue as head coach of the men’s hockey team in addition to carrying out his new duties."Mike enjoys the respect and admiration of his players and our wider St. Thomas community, and he has had a successful track record in every challenge he has faced," said Dr. Michael W. Higgins, president and vice chancellor.

Higgins added that the interim appointment will benefit both Eagles and the university, particularly given the timing of the vacancy.

"Mike expressed an interest in tackling the challenges that would come as a university athletics director and, at the same time, we require a smooth transition as the new season approaches. We also wanted to take the proper time to review the role and how its works within our university."

Eagles said that he looks forward to the new challenge and the opportunity to build on the strong foundation established by Jennifer Myers over the past three years.

"I understand the importance of providing hands-on leadership and working with the coaches and teams to produce successful athletes. Athletics and recreation are integral to our campus and our commitment is to enhance each student’s total education experience," said Eagles.

He said that one of his first priorities will be recruiting an athletics co-ordinator to assist him with the administrative duties of the running a varsity programme and managing the O’Keefe Fitness Centre.

A member of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, Eagles had an outstanding hockey career. He won two Ontario Hockey League championships and the Memorial Cup with the Kitchener Rangers. As a member of Team Canada in 1983, he won the bronze medal at the World Junior Championship. Eagles was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques and eventually played for Quebec and the Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals. Throughout his seventeen-year professional career, his dedication and leadership earned the respect of teammates and opponents alike.

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