2014 AUS Annual General Meeting Highlights

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Source: AUS Communications

HALIFAX, N.S. – Atlantic University Sport held its 2014annual general meeting earlier this month in Halifax, N.S. The AUSoffice hosted the annual meetings, attended by representatives ofall 11 member institutions, at the Four Points by SheratonHalifax.

Phil Currie, executive director of Atlantic University Sport,chaired the meetings, which were preceded by a one-day marketingsymposium.

Accomplished scholar and active business professionalNorm O’Reilly opened the symposium, attended by marketingrepresentatives from each member institution, with a presentationon sponsorship and sport marketing.

Several longtime contributors to university sport were honoured ata recognition dinner following the symposium. UNB sportsinformation director Maureen Sparks will be retiring at the end ofthis AUS season after 33 years in university sport. Retiringathletic directors Karen Moore (Dalhousie) and Dr. David Murphy(Saint Mary’s) were also recognized by the membership andthanked for their tireless contributions.

This year’s annual general meeting followed. Each AGMincludes receiving reports from the various AUS committees,discussion on any motions coming forward for the 2014 CIS AGMscheduled for June 9-13 in Vancouver, B.C., finalizing the 2014-15AUS playing schedules and reviewing sport-specific motions thatcome from the coaches’ associations of the winter sports.

“Our Atlantic University Sport annual general meetings arealways a productive time for our conference,” said AUSexecutive director Phil Currie. “Now two years into ourstrategic plan, our office and our 11 member institutions are moredetermined than ever to achieve the goals we have outlined andsucceed in creating Canada’s ultimate student-athleteexperience in Atlantic Canada. We had some very positive dialogueat this year’s meetings and I am confident that we arecontinuing to make strides and positive changes which will benefitour student-athletes, our fans and all of ourstakeholders.”

Kevin Dickie, director of athletics for Acadia University,officially began his term as president of the AUS managementcouncil, while Marc Boudreau, director of athletics at theUniversité de Moncton, wrapped up a three-year term aspresident and remains on the executive committee as past president.After stepping down last year following a typical two-year term asAUS president, Boudreau resumed the position for an additional yearfollowing the departure Memorial University athletic directorMichelle Healey from university athletics and the AUS presidency.­­­

In addition to the above, highlights of other items discussed atthese meetings are as follows:

Men’s hockey playoff format set

Beginning in the 2014-15 season, the AUS men’s hockeychampionship format will consist of a best-of-three final playoffseries during the years when the Atlantic conference has twoguaranteed berths in the CIS championship.

During the years when the AUS is guaranteed two or more berths atthe national championship, the AUS championship quarterfinal serieswill be a best-of-three, semifinals a best-of-five, and finals abest-of-three.

The Atlantic conference is guaranteed three berths in the next twoCIS championships being hosted in Halifax. As a result, it ispossible a best-of-three consolation final series will be requiredto determine the third AUS team.

If StFX (in 2015) or Saint Mary’s (in 2016) reach the AUSfinal series, a consolation series will take place concurrent tothe final series.

Women’s basketball award to berenamed

AUS women’s basketball coach of the year award will berenamed in recognition of retired Dalhousie women’sbasketball coach Dr. Carolyn Savoy.

Following seven years as head coach of the StFX X-Women, Dr. Savoybegan a 32-year career as the Dalhousie Tigers women’sbasketball coach in 1977. She was named AUS coach of the year fourtimes (1982, 2001, 2005 and 2007) and under her leadership,Dalhousie teams won nine regular season AUS titles and five AUSchampionship banners.

In 2011, she was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.The decision to rename the AUS award was brought forward by theconference’s women’s basketball coaches and passedunanimously.

2015 Winter AUS championship hostsannounced:

The scheduling for the 2014-15 season was concluded and thefollowing dates and locations have been confirmed for the winterAUS championship events:

– Dalhousie University will host the 2015 Subway AUS swimmingchampionship, February 6-8, 2015.
– University of New Brunswick will host the 2015 Subway AUSwomen’s volleyball championship, February 13-15, 2015.
– Université de Moncton will host the 2015 Subway AUStrack & field championship, February 21-22, 2015.
– Atlantic University Sport will host the 2015 Subway AUSmen’s and women’s basketball championships, February26-March 1, 2015.

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