The face will be familiar but the role will be new as the McMaster women’s rugby team welcomes Cam Mitchell to the position of head coach for the 2011 varsity season.
Previously an assistant coach with the Ontario University Athletics women’s team in 2008 and 2009, Mitchell spent last season as an assistant coach with the OUA champion McMaster men’s rugby team. He returns to the women’s sideline, following a very successful 2010 season that saw the Marauders season end in the semi-finals to eventual champion Guelph. McMaster ended the year ranked eighth in the final Canadian Interuniversity Sports top-ten.
Mitchell brings considerable experience to his new position, having been a member of four OUA championship rugby teams while a student at McMaster and Brock universities. He has also competed for Canada internationally as a member of the national under-21 squad.
“I’m looking forward to developing a program that focuses on both on-field success and player development,” says the new Marauder mentor. “I’m also excited to work with the core group of players that are dedicated to making McMaster an elite team.”
Currently a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in McMaster’s School of Kinesiology, Mitchell is also a fully certified Level 2/Competition Introduction coach in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
His appointment as head coach will begin immediately, to ensure McMaster will be able to recruit effectively in time for next season.