WATERLOO – After two seasons with the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawk men’s hockey program, head coach Steve Martell has decided to pursue his academic goals. As a result, Martell will be leaving the position as of the end of the month.
Martell will be moving to Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia to take on a position as an assistant professor in Kinesiology.
"I want to officially thank Wilfrid Laurier for a tremendous experience over the last two seasons,” said Martell. "It has been an extremely valuable athletic experience that I will employ in my future endeavours. I was glad to be a part of a season that helped to bring Laurier hockey back to National prominence."
The graduate of St. Francis Xavier and former right winger joined the purple-and-gold only two years ago and over his time put together a record of 25-19-3 in the regular season. He coached the Golden Hawks to a berth at the CIS Championship this past March.
The Hawks won the final berth in the National Championships defeating Université de Québec à Trois Rivières 2-1 and earning the OUA Bronze. The medal was Laurier’s first in over 15 years.
"In a very short period of time Steve brought the Hawks to a berth at the National Championship," said Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER
. "We thank him for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavours pursuing his academic and research goals at Cape Breton."
The men’s hockey program has won the provincial championship only three times in its history, 1982/83, 1988/89 and 1989/90.
A nation wide search for the next Wilfrid Laurier men’s hockey coach will begin in the upcoming weeks.