York University Sport & Recreation announced yesterday that Ken Schildroth has stepped down from his position as manager of interuniversity sport.
He is leaving York to accept a new position as the manager of athletics at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton.
"I have really enjoyed working with the student-athletes, coaches and support staff at York University," said Schildroth. "It has been a huge challenge and now I am moving on to a new opportunity. Working at York and within the OUA [Ontario University Athletics] and CIS [Canadian Interuniversity Sport] has been a fabulous experience and I will carry with me the many lessons I learned here as I begin a new leadership role in Western Canada. I wish my colleagues at York all the best with the upcoming season."
In his six years at York, Schildroth was responsible for the management of interuniversity sport, coaches and programs, and he also served as a liaison with the OUA and CIS. During his time, the York Lions captured a CIS men’s soccer championship (the University’s first national title in any sport in 18 years) accumulated 12 OUA championships from nine different programs and made numerous CIS championship appearances in several sports.
"Ken’s contribution to the interuniversity sport program at York has been significant," said Jennifer Myers, director of Sport & Recreation. "His tremendous experience and knowledge within the CIS has been invaluable as York has grown under his tenure and his dedication to the department and the University as a whole has been exemplary. We wish Ken nothing but success at Grant MacEwan and I know that he will continue to accomplish great things in his new position."
Schildroth has amassed 24 years of experience in a sport management leadership role throughout his career, all in a Canadian university setting. He spent a total of 18 years at McGill University, 12 of those as the intercollegiate coordinator, before coming to York. He also honed his coaching skills as part of the men’s basketball coaching staffs at Laurentian University, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria.
A new manager of interuniversity sport will be announced at a later date.