UPEI resumes search for women's basketball coach

Published on August 1, 2014
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University says Gould can re-apply for former position

A search for a women’s basketball coach at UPEI is back on.

The position has been vacant since Greg Gould’s resignation due to professional reasons took effect on June 20. The university started a search for a new coach, but put it on hold while a review of the athletics and recreation department was done.

The university announced the recommendations of the review on Thursday and Jackie Podger, vice-president of administration and finance, told The Guardian the search for a coach has been renewed.

“We’d like to have somebody in place by mid to late August at the latest,” she said.

Candidates, who filed applications before the process was put on hold, do not have to re-apply.

“It does make it easier because it helps around the timeline,” Podger said.

When Gould took over the program in the summer of 2012, the Panthers had won four games during the previous four seasons combined, including a pair of winless campaigns.

They went 6-14 in 2012-13 and 9-11 this past season and earned a playoff spot. UPEI hosted the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship and lost in overtime to St. F.X. in the semifinal.

Podger said Gould is able to apply for the position.

“We were really sad when he gave his resignation because he has been a great coach to the girls,” she said. “He is absolutely more than welcome to be part of the process. . . If he wishes to apply, we’ll follow the (human resources) process that we already have in place.”

Lyall Huggan, the past president of the UPEI basketball teams booster club, is hopeful Gould applies.

“I only hope we are not too late,” he said. “There are 16 players and a number of coaches who would most welcome his return.”

Darren Peters, a supporter of the basketball team, is hopeful for a quick solution.

“We do have a team of 16 young women who do not yet have a coach,” he said. “We have confidence in the university that they will do everything within their power to rectify that situation as soon as possible.”