WATERLOO, Ont. (August 13, 2014) - Wilfrid Laurier director of athletics and recreation PETER BAXTER
has announced that women's hockey head coach Rick Osborne
has signed a five-year contract extension that will see him remain with the program through the 2018-19 season.
"Rick's track record of winning championships, including a national title, not only speaks to his hockey IQ but also illustrates his ability to mentor top academic student-athletes," added Baxter on his decision to retain Osborne for another five years. "Having secured Rick with this long-term contract, we have assured that the winning tradition of women's hockey both on and off the ice continues for the next generation of players."
"After talking to Peter in January about the state of Laurier athletics and how to position the leadership of the women's hockey program for the future, we decided that another contract made sense at this time to maintain day-to-day stability and have time to do some transition planning for the future," said Osborne on continuing with the Golden Hawks.
Over the course of his 11 seasons with the Golden Hawks, Osborne has compiled a resume among the best university coaches in the country. A nine-time OUA Champion and five-time OUA Coach of the Year, he has accumulated an overall record of 278 wins, 41 losses and 20 ties/overtime losses, including playoffs.
This past season, Osborne guided his team to the OUA Championship in what was arguably the toughest conference in the country. Battling Top 10 teams in both the semifinals and finals, Osborne and the Hawks won a pair of hard-fought three game series to advance to the CIS Championship for the 10th time in 11 seasons.
In addition, Osborne has coached six athletes who have earned CIS All-Canadian status and 17 that have been named OUA All-Stars at least once in their career. He has also seen four of his athletes named OUA Most Valuable Player and one named the CIS Player of the Year.
"Our program has been blessed with amazing student-athletes and support staff over the past ten years and I see more of the same moving forward," added Osborne. "It is an honour to be part of a Golden Hawk family that has so many great coaches and I look forward to plenty of excitement and challenges starting right now with this upcoming season."
Osborne and the Golden Hawks will kick off their season with non-conference play against the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday, September 17 at the Waterloo Recreation Complex. Regular season action gets underway on Thursday, October 2 when Laurier hosts the Nipissing Lakers at 7:30 p.m.