June 6,2014(ISN) – REGINA, Sask. – Dick White announced Friday morning he will retire after 20 years as
the University of Regina’s director of athletics and 34 years at the university
“For close to three decades, Dick White has been instrumental in the extraordinary
development of the athletics programs at the University of Regina,” said President
and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. “He has shown tremendous commitment to our
University and to our students, and has played a major role in the academic and
athletic success of countless students. I want to take this opportunity to
personally thank Dick for his years of service and his longstanding dedication to
the University of Regina.”
White started his involvement with Cougar Athletics in 1981 and worked as an
administrative assistant and as an athletics coordinator from 1981 to 1988 before
taking over in his current role in 1995.
Under his leadership, the U of R’s athletics department has grown from six varsity
teams to the current total of 16. White was instrumental in bringing CIS football to
the U of R with a community partnership model that saw the junior Regina Rams join
Canada West prior to the 1999 season. The school also added men’s and women’s cross
country, women’s hockey, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and
women’s track & field, and women’s wrestling during White’s tenure at the U of R.
Since becoming director of athletics in 1995, White has seen the U of R’s varsity
teams combine for three national championships and 17 conference championships. The
school’s first national championships were collected by the men’s wrestling program
with CIAU titles in both 1997 and 1998, and the women’s basketball team followed
that up shortly afterwards with a CIAU championship in 2001.
The school has also played host to five national championships over White’s tenure
as director of athletics. The University of Regina hosted the 2002 and 2003 CIS
Women’s Hockey Championships, the 2009 and 2013 CIS Women’s Basketball
Championships, and most recently the 2014 CIS Women’s Volleyball Championship.
“I am exceptionally proud of what we have accomplished in my over 25 years of
association with the University of Regina’s athletics program,” White said. “This
has been done with the support and hard work of many who have helped to build our
vision of excellence for the Rams and Cougars, and I have no doubt that our athletes
will continue to thrive both in the classroom and in competition.”
White has also held numerous positions at both the conference and the national
level, including as president of Canadian Interuniversity Sport from 2005 to 2009
and once again during the 2013-14 season. He also served as president of the Canada
West Universities Athletic Association for two years and as a chef de mission for
Team Canada at the 2005 Winter Universiade in Innsbruck, Austria.
White will officially retire on Wednesday, Dec. 31 with Curtis Atkinson, athletics
coordinator at the U of R, to serve as acting director of athletics for the
remainder of the academic year. A search for a permanent replacement is planned for