LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western Director of Athletics Murray Hall has named assistant coach Rob Pike as the acting head coach of the Spartans men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.
Pike, who has been an assistant coach with the Spartans for the past three years, takes over the TWU program following the resignation of Spartans head coach Laurier Primeau.
"I have full confidence in Rob's leadership,” Hall said. “He is a great culture-carrier and understands what it means to be a Complete Champion and Spartan4Life while also being a top calibre technical coach. The 2015-16 season is shaping up to be our best ever and the future is bright.”
On being announced as acting head coach Pike said: “Each of our athletes possess so much character, talent and potential to carry this team to greater heights in 2015-16 and beyond. I am honoured and excited to know and work with every member of this team and to build further success with them upon the strong foundation that has been created over the past four years.”
Pike takes over a program that has won back-to-back Canada West women’s cross country and Canada West women’s track and field championships. This past year, both of the women’s teams also earned CIS silver medals. On the men’s side, the TWU cross country team nabbed a Canada West silver medal while the track and field team earned a Canada West bronze medal.
"There really are no words to express our thanks and appreciation to Laurier,” Hall said. “He came to us directly from Scotland and quickly led our program from obscurity to national CIS prominence. We owe Laurier a great debt of gratitude and wish him God's best in his future endeavours.”
TWU Endurance Director and cross country coach Mark Bomba, who earned Canada West Coach of the Year honours in cross country in both 2013 and 2014, will continue in his coaching role with the Spartans.
TWU’s athletic program has a high standard of excellence as articulated in its Complete Champion Approach (CCA). Coaches are committed to winning on the court, but are equally concerned for the development of TWU student-athletes to become complete people and champions in all areas of their lives including academic, personal and spiritual.