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Former athletic director John Macdonald, 2010. Photo by Pau Balite

Athletic Director out at Dal

Dalhousie’s stint with athletic director John MacDonald will be remembered as a short one.

In a surprising internal memo sent to university staff in the late afternoon Jan. 23, it was announced that after holding the athletic director position for shortly over two years, MacDonald was stepping down effective immediately. The email said MacDonald will be exploring other career opportunities.

Karen Moore, the associate director of athletics at the school since 1990, will take on new responsibilities as Director, Varsity Athletics.

Moore comes to her new position with a long history of involvement with athletics at Dal. A former Tigers volleyball athlete and 1984 Olympian, Moore was inducted twice into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. She was also head coach of Dal’s women’s volleyball team from 1986 to 1990.

Under MacDonald’s tenure, the campus’ varsity program witnessed continued success with AUS championships in cross country, swimming and track and field, and an unexpected banner for women’s soccer. MacDonald also watched over the decision to not renew the contract of women’s hockey bench boss Lesley Jordan, and a five-year contract extension to men’s hockey head coach Pete Belliveau. The hockey team recently saw a shake-up of responsibilities as Belliveau was replaced in December behind the bench by assistant Chris Donnelly.

MacDonald was appointed athletic director on Dec. 17, 2009.


Women’s hockey splits weekend

It’s a win and a loss for Dal’s fifth place women’s hockey team this past weekend, posting a 1 – 1 record on the road.

The Tigers dropped a close 4 – 3 decision to Moncton, one of the best teams in the loop, and then followed up the next day with a 3 – 2 beating of the outfit they are chasing in the league standings, St. Thomas.


Volleyball 2 – 1 against Quebec

The third and final men’s volleyball interlock of the season came to a close in Fredericton over the weekend, and the Tigers wound up leaving the court with minimal scars against their RSEQ rivals.

After losing a straight set affair Jan. 20 to Laval, the Tigers erased those memories the next day, beating both Sherbrooke and Montreal 3 – 1.

Graeme Higgins claimed Dal’s male athlete of the week honours with a total of 51.5 points and 45 kills during the three-game span.


Fierce Tigers in track and field

Notable Tigers at last Saturday’s Athletics Nova Scotia Open include a top three in triple jump awash in black and gold thanks to Simon Watts, Caleb Patton and Nathan Comeau, respectively. Also, Anthony Bernard was top in long jump, and Justin Blades crossed the finish line first in the 600 metre run.

In the women’s category, Meryl Macdougall took the crown in the 60 metre dash, while Lesley D’Apollonia did the same in the 300 metre.

Ian Froese
Ian Froese
Ian was the Gazette's Editor-in-chief for Volume 146. He was the Sports Editor for Volumes 145 and 144.

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