WINNIPEG, MB - The University of Winnipeg today named Doran Reid its new Athletic Director. Reid succeeds Bill Wedlake, who retired last year. Reid had been serving as Acting Athletic Director since Wedlake’s retirement.  The 49-year-old Reid brings a wide range of experience and
accomplishments to the Athletic Director role. His 21 years in recreation programming and facility management includes being the co-founder of the Junior Wesmen Basketball Program, serving as the
point person on the construction of the Bill Wedlake Fitness Centre and acting as co-chair of the 2004 & 2005 CIS Women’s Basketball Championships. As well, he was the Chair of Recognition Committee and Duckworth Centre Venue Coordinator for the 1999 Pan-Am Games. UWinnipeg alumnus, Reid has broad experience in a variety of roles within the Duckworth Centre, including Facility Attendant, Facility and Events Manager, and Associate Athletic Director. He has coached several team and individual sports, and instructed in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health. He has obtained Level III NCCP Coaching Theory certification.

“Doran’s history of leadership at The University of Winnipeg and involvement with our community will serve him well as Athletic Director,” said Lloyd Axworthy, UWinnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor.

“Doran is a committed, skilled and energetic individual who will enhance our community initiatives, will further develop our academic & athletic programming, and will help our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom and on the court.”

In his new role as Athletic Director, Reid will oversee the many community-based initiatives the University presently operates and he will led the University in determining its new vision of academic and athletic programming. Reid is already a key member of the President’s Task Force on Athletics & Academics.

As the Athletic Director, Reid and the Department of Recreation and Athletics will now be a part of the Faculty of Arts. He will work closely with Dean of Arts David Fitzpatrick, who Chairs the President's Task Force on Athletics and Academics, and with Glen Bergeron, Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health. This integrated administrative structure will draw upon the strengths of both departments in the planning and delivery of enhanced physical activity and sport programs to the benefit of the University students and staff and the inner city community.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

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