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Stu Julius Leaves Post At Laurier

WATERLOO – After nine seasons with the Golden Hawks, women’s basketball head coach Stu Julius has chosen to leave Wilfrid Laurier University.

Julius joined the program in 1999 and through that time has captured a provincial silver while also taking the Golden Hawk squad to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships on two occasions in 2002/03 and 2003/04.

“I've enjoyed my time at Wilfrid Laurier and I believe we accomplished a great deal within the basketball program and the community itself,” commented Julius. “After nearly 30 years of coaching, I feel it is time to step away from Laurier. I would like to be able to pursue other opportunities within the CIS and in order to do so I need to relinquish my duties at Laurier.”

Julius was named OUA Coach of the Year in 2002/03 after the team’s run to an OUA bronze medal, the first medal for the program which came before the team made their first ever appearance at the national championships. The following season Julius led the team back to the playoffs, claiming provincial silver.

Previous to Wilfrid Laurier, Julius has had 18 years of coaching experience at Lakehead University where he was twice named Ontario Coach of the Year. With the Thunderwolves he compiled a record of 311-250, missing the post-season only one time. He has also worked with the Junior National Team as recently as 2005 in Izmir, Turkey where he was the head coach of the development program.

 “Stu came here nine years ago to establish a credible national program, and he has done that,” commented Director of Athletics & Recreation PETER BAXTER. “Wilfrid Laurier’s women’s basketball future is bright thanks to his efforts. We wish him success in the opportunities he is focusing on.”

Wilfrid Laurier University’s student athlete development philosophy is strong with a focus on a learning experience that includes successful academic achievement, personal development and athletic performance.

A national search for the head coach of the women’s basketball team will be underway in the coming weeks.

For information, contact:

PETER BAXTER
Director of Athletics & Recreation
Wilfrid Laurier University             
(519) 884-0710 ext 2216

or

Ari Grossman
Manager of Communications & Business Operations
Wilfrid Laurier University
(519) 884-0710 ext 6483  

or

Stu Julius
(519) 884-0710 ext 3504 (until Monday, April 7th)

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