(ISN) – Charlottetown, PEI (August 30, 2014)—The University of Prince Edward
Island announced today that Mark English has accepted the position of head
coach of the UPEI Women’s Basketball program, effective immediately.
English, who holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from
Memorial University, has an extensive basketball background. He was most
recently the assistant coach of the men’s basketball team at Lakehead
University and was their chief recruiting officer. While English was at
Lakehead, the team had four consecutive appearances in the CIS nationals.
He is also the director of Blaze Basketball, the local club program in
Previously, English was the coordinator and lead instructor of Memorial
University’s basketball camps and assistant coach with the men’s basketball
team. He has been both a head coach and an assistant coach with numerous
Newfoundland provincial teams.
UPEI Vice-President Administration and Finance Jackie Podger said, “On
behalf of the University, I extend a warm welcome to Mr. English. Mark
brings with him significant experience, a proven track record of success,
and a wide range of connections that will help him recruit top-notch
student athletes to the program. We know he will inspire and lead our
women’s basketball team to new heights.”
English said, “I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to coach
this talented group of young women and cannot wait to get started. It’s
obviously late in the process, but we will get organized and on the court
as quickly as possible.”
Podger added, “I also would like to sincerely thank all of those who
applied for the position as well as the community members and alumni on the
volunteer selection committee, George Morrison, SDU’68, Doug Newson,
BBA’97, and Heather Howatt, BBA’91 along with chair Stephanie
Knickle-Currie for their time and effort given to the hiring process.”
Over twenty people applied for the position with candidates shortlisted
based on several criteria including coaching credentials, proficiency in
fundraising and recruiting, and coaching experience at the university level.
English will be arriving on Prince Edward Island next week.