MacNeill to review UPEI athletics department

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Dave (Hermie) MacNeill will conduct an examination of the UPEI athletics department.

The decision, finalized on Tuesday, was well-received by Darren Peters, who was one of the people calling for the review.

“We’re very grateful for the university taking this issue seriously,” Peters told The Guardian. “We feel very confident a review in the hands of Dave Hermie MacNeill will be done in a professional manner and with the interest of student-athletes at heart.”

MacNeill coached the UPEI Panthers women’s basketball team from 1978 to 1993 and from 1990 to 1991, is a former executive director of Sport P.E.I. and was the chief executive officer of operations for the 2009 Canada Games.

MacNeill coached the Panthers to the national final in 1988-89 and was inducted into the UPEI Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

“Dave Hermie MacNeill is one of the most highly respected citizens of Prince Edward Island, who has done nothing but give his heart and soul to athletics and to young people of Prince Edward Island,” Peters said.

The examination is expected to be complete by early July.

The budget model and communication are two issues that have been raised over the years regarding the UPEI athletics department.

The issue of a review became public following Wednesday’s resignation of women’s basketball coach Greg Gould. He had coached the team for two years and led them to the Atlantic University Sport semifinal at home earlier this year. He said he was leaving for professional reasons.

Vice-president of administration and finance Jackie Podger told The Guardian on Friday the administration had been thinking about having an objective third party conduct a review for several weeks. It waited to get the budget approved and through convocation and was in the process of finding the person to conduct the review.

Organizations: The Guardian, Panthers, Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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