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Hawks, ROW announce new head coach
WATERLOO, Ont. (August 24, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks and the Region of Waterloo Swim Club (ROW) are pleased to announce the hiring of Russ Franklin as the new head coach of both swimming programs.

Franklin, a native of Winnipeg, joins both the Hawks and ROW from the Beaconsfield Bluefins program based out of Beaconsfield, Que., where he has spent the last 10 years as the elite level head coach. Since 1986, Coach Franklin has had a steady stream of his swimmers compete 
for Canada at the Junior and Senior levels including swimmers who qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"We are excited to have Russ join the Golden Hawks coaching staff," said Laurier Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER of Franklins hiring. "His track record of excellence will allow him to follow in the footsteps of great former Laurier swim coaches like Dean Boles and Nandi Kormendi who have successfully led the Golden Hawks swim program in the past."

"I am looking forward to working with Russ and the Region of Waterloo Swim Club in building a university program which marks Laurier as a destination of choice for the provinces top swimmers," continued Baxter.

"I am excited to be joining the Golden Hawks swim program," commented Franklin. "With it being my first time coaching a university team, there are bound to be some challenges but I am looking forward to taking on those challenges and helping the team reach new levels of success."

Franklin inherits a program that earned a seventh place finish at the OUA Championship last year in the womens event and a ninth place finish in the mens event. Three swimmers moved on from the provincial event to the CIS Championships, including Brittany Shaw of Kitchener, Ont., Whitney Rich of Dorchester, Ont. and Renee Dijk of Stratford, Ont. Those three helped Laurier to a 13th place showing in the womens competition.

Franklin will begin his position starting September 1st with the Hawks season getting underway October 15th when they compete in the OUA Invitational, hosted by Guelph.

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