Mohawk loses cross-country coach

Mohawk College Cross-Country Head Coach Wayne Collins is stepping down after nine years in the position.

The Cross-Country programme at Mohawk was highly successful for nearly 30 years, but died in the mid-1990s. Collins said the reasons for its demise were never clear to him.

“In any event I got into running very seriously around 2002 and decided to resurrect the team,” noted Collins. “I have coached the team since 2003. During that time I have had the pleasure of working with some very good athletes (including Canadian silver and Ontario bronze medalists).”

Mohawk’s Director of Student Engagement and Athletics, Michelle Ball, said of Collins, “Wayne has worked really closely with the runners over the years, developing a cohesive team, as well as helping individual runners reach their potential. His dedication to year-round training and running with his team will be missed.”

“The College has been very supportive of me and my team over the years,” said Collins. “The staff in the Athletics Department makes this one of the best coaching jobs in town. Two assistant coaches, my co-worker Rick Trottier and more recently Andre Simon, have been super helpful over the years.

“I love the sport in a way that I cannot describe in words and want nothing more than to see Mohawk back were it belongs, winning races all over the place.”

Collins is the second Mohawk coach to step down this week. Alex Paris gave up his rugby duties after 16 seasons.