Brian Breck­les named Direc­tor of Ath­let­ics and Re­cre­ation at Bishop’s Univer­sity

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Fri­daythe 15th, Bishop’s Univer­sity an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Brian Breck­les as Direc­tor of Ath­let­ics and Re­cre­ation. A busi­ness pro­fes­sional, a proven leader and re­la­tion­ship builder who ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in the pro­mo­tion and de­vel­op­ment of sports, Breck­les will as­sume the role im­me­di­ately. He re­turns to Bishop’s where he held the po­si­tions of Of­fen­sive Line Coach and Re­cre­ation Co­or­di­na­tor be­tween 1990 and 1994.

“I’m thrilled to be re­turn­ing to Bishop’s. I’m very ex­cited to have been cho­sen to lead the Depart­ment at a time when so many im­por­tant changes are on the hori­zon,” said Breck­les. “There have been a num­ber of de­vel­op­ments on the Que­bec in­teruni­ver­sity sports scene. I look for­ward to get­ting started and couldn’t be more grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity.”

Breck­les holds a B.A. in Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and an M.B.A from Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity. Com­prised of cor­po­rate and aca­demic ex­pe­ri­ence, Breck­les’ pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes the po­si­tion of Vice Pres­i­dent of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at Na­tional Group Mort­gages since 2009 and Direc­tor of Alumni Re­la­tions at Wil­frid Lau­rier Univer­sity for seven years prior to tran­si­tion­ing into the pri­vate sec­tor. . While at Lau­rier, Breck­les was a cen­tre for the Golden Hawks foot­ball team from 1985-1989, earn­ing All- Cana­dian hon­ours two years in a row. Drafted by the Arg­onauts, Breck­les in­stead chose to pur­sue his pas­sion for coach­ing, amass­ing 14 years in var­i­ous CIS coach­ing roles and win­ning a Vanier Cup with the 2005 Lau­rier Golden Hawks.

“I am thrilled to have Brian join our team of Stu­dent Af­fairs di­rec­tors. Brian’s pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm for Bishop’s com­bined with his lead­er­ship and ex­pe­ri­ence will drive our Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics and Re­cre­ation to a new level,” said Jackie Bai­ley, Dean of Stu­dent Af­fairs. “Brian is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing ex­cep­tional sport and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for the en­tire com­mu­nity. A two-time All-Cana­dian ath­lete and win­ner of a Vanier Cup as a coach, Brian has both the ex­pe­ri­ence and per­sonal drive to push our Gaiters to achieve ex­cel­lence.”

The role of the Direc­tor of Ath­let­ics and Re­cre­ation has evolved and the cur­rent man­date in­cludes lead­ing the depart­ment as ren­o­va­tions are set to be­gin at the John H. Price Sports Cen­tre and the Sher­brooke 2013 Canada Summer Games ap­proach.

Bradley Craw­ford at bat.

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