Source: Dalhousie SportsInformation

HALIFAX, N.S. – Dalhousie University Athletics and RecreationalServices is pleased to announce that Richard Lehman has been namedthe head coach of the Tigers cross country and track and fieldteams.

Richard joins the Tigers after a 14-month role as the ExecutiveDirector of Athletics Nova Scotia and a two-year position as thephysical education teacher at Kings View Academy.

The past two years he has served as an assistant coach for theDalhousie cross country and track and field teams and his knowledgeof the current program will ease the transition. Richard’s coachingexperience also includes coaching at the club level for two yearsas the Middle Distance Coach for Halifast Athletics and a year asthe head coach of Dartmouth Athletics.

“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be the head coachof both of these teams,” says Richard. “Both Dalhousie’s crosscountry and track and field programs are highly respected acrossthe country and are on the verge of breaking ground nationally. Ilook forward to working with the Tigers in this new capacity and Iexpect the program to continue to be among the very best in theCIS.”

Richard was a two-time track and field CIS first teamall-Canadian and a Canada West all-star in both cross country andtrack and field with the University of Victoria Vikes. He was alsorecognized with the Vikes Martlet Athletic Award for outstandingcontributions to the athletic program in the areas of service,participation, administration and community involvement.

Richard believes that his experience as a CIS student-athletewill be an asset in his new role as head coach.

“It will help me relate to the athletes. It was only five yearsago that I was in their position, so I am very familiar with theway the CIS works and what it takes to win at this level.”

Dalhousie’s cross country and track and field teams have beenvery successful in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) and noted ascontenders on the national stage. The women’s cross country teamhas taken the AUS title the past two years and the men’s crosscountry team last won in 2010. Women’s track and field boasts 23consecutive AUS championships while the men’s track and field teamhas collected 11 consecutive titles. At the 2012 CIS track andfield championship Tiger Simon Watts earned a gold medal in triplejump and Robert McCulloch took home bronze medals in the pentathlonand high jump.

Karen Moore, Director of Varsity Athletics at Dalhousie says,”Richard is a very positive addition to our coaching staff. Hisincredible enthusiasm and energy along with his vast experiencemake him the perfect candidate to lead our cross country and trackand field programs into the future.”