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Christine Stapleton appointed Western Mustangs' new director

Dinos' athletic director oversaw championship runs by men's football and basketball teams
May 16, 2017
Christine Stapleton. University of Calgary photo

Christine Stapleton. University of Calgary photo 

University of Calgary athletic director Christine Stapleton has been appointed director of sports and recreation services at Western University in London, Ont.

Stapleton joined the University of Calgary in October 2015 after serving as associate director, athletics at the University of Waterloo. She has more than 30 years’ experience in university and high-performance sport in Canada, beginning as a student-athlete and back-to-back national champions in basketball at Laurentian University in 1990 and 1991. She took over as head coach of the University of Regina women’s basketball team from 1993-2002, winning three straight conference titles along with the 2001 national championship.

Stapleton also spent 11 years with Canada Basketball, including seven as a head coach. From 2006-09, she was director and head coach of the National Elite Development Academy in Hamilton, Ont.

In her time with the Dinos, Stapleton oversaw championship runs by the Dinos football and men’s basketball teams, with both falling just short in national championship games in 2016. She brought an enhanced focus to the academic success of student-athletes, along with a renewed culture of accountability within the athletic department.

“It has been an incredible opportunity to work at the University of Calgary with Dinos Athletics,” said Stapleton. “There is tremendous passion for high-performance sport in Calgary and it was a great honour to lead the Dinos the last 18 months. I would also like to acknowledge my many colleagues at the University of Calgary. I deeply appreciate the Dinos staff, coaches and student-athletes and thank them for their commitment to excellence.”

“Christine has done a superb job as athletic director for the last 18 months, and we will very much miss her leadership,” said Dr. Penny Werthner, dean of Kinesiology. “We congratulate Christine on this advancement in her career, and we wish her every success as she moves on to Western.”

Stapleton will remain at the University of Calgary until the end of June. A search for a new athletic director will begin in the near future.

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