BRANTFORD, Ont. (August 23, 2016) - Wilfrid Laurier University director of athletics and recreation PETER BAXTER
announced on Tuesday the hiring of Cory Currie as the head coach of the Laurier Brantford varsity cross country team.
Currie, a coach and past president of the Brantford Track and Field Club, becomes the first varsity head coach in the history of the Laurier Brantford campus.
“The start of Laurier Brantford’s excellence program is now a reality, and we are pleased to appoint Cory Currie as our first varsity coach on the Brantford campus,” stated Baxter. “As a former university athlete, coach and former President of Brantford Track and Field Club, Cory’s experience will help attract some of the top student-athletes who will excel academically and athletically.”
"It is a privilege and honor to be named the first head cross country coach of varsity sports at Laurier Brantford,” said Currie. “I am incredibly grateful to Peter for selecting me to lead the team. I’m very passionate about this sport and look forward to putting together a team roster and competing in the OCAA.”
“With the new YMCA-Laurier facility coming in the near future it shows that the University is really invested in putting together strong athletic programs here in Brantford and really being a community-focused institution,” added Currie. “It’s really a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to one day be a university coach, and now I have this great opportunity to not only do it at a well-known institution but also in my hometown of Brantford."
As the first head coach of Laurier Brantford’s cross country team, Currie brings a number of years of experience with him to the position. Since 2009, he has coached with the Brantford Track and Field Club, where he has overseen provincial and national champions as well as having sent 11 athletes on athletic scholarship to either Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He has also been a top three finalist for the club’s Coach of the Year award.
Outside of his time with the Brantford Track and Field Club, Currie has also served as a distance coach with Team Ontario, working with athletes under the age of 18. In this position, where he oversees 41 athletes, he has guided his team to two victories in competitions against provinces from across the country.
“Brantford has had a long history of developing some of Canada’s top cross country and middle distance runners and Cory’s leadership as a coach at the provincial level developing future national and international athletes will create an environment where student-athletes will flourish,” added Baxter.
A former member of the Rend Lake College cross country and track and field team, where he was named an All-American in both sports, Currie was inducted into their Hall of Fame in April 2013 after helping the cross country team capture a national championship.
Currently, Currie is also the owner of Without Limits Personal Training and serves as a physiotherapy assistant with Hagersville Physiotherapy, Fairview Physiotherapy and the Caledonia Wellness Clinic.