, the Assistant Coach of the Canadian National Women’s Under-22 Team has been named head coach of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Women’s Hockey team, Director of Athletics and Recreation PETER BAXTER
Bowker, a native of Carleton Place, Ontario, was the Head Coach of the Ontario Under-18 Women’s Team that won the Gold Medal at the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and has had extensive involvement with the Canadian Senior Women’s National Program over the past three seasons.
“We are continuing to add high quality coaching in our pursuit of building one of the best intercollegiate athletic programs in Canada,” said Baxter. “Bill is a dedicated coach who will have a great impact on our program. He is a leader and a builder of people which fits within our vision of excellence for student athletes.”
Bowker replaces Josh Batley who led the Hawks to their first OUA title in 1998-99 and a fourth place finish at the CIAU Championships. The new Head Coach will have 15 returning players in the line-up for the upcoming season to help defend the OUA Championship.
“Laurier has a commitment to excellence in Women’s Hockey,” said Bowker. “I see this new challenge as an opportunity to continue the process of building a nationally prominent program.”
Aside from Bowker’s experience with the National and Provincial women’s programs, he has been a member of the Board of Director’s for overseeing Coaching Development for Women’s Hockey in Ontario, and is currently enrolled in the CAHA Advanced Level II Master Coaching Course.
In 1997 Bowker served as an on-ice coach during the evaluation for Canada’s first Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, and has been involved in player selection for the national women’s team since the 1996 season.