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Jun 6 2017 - Chris Belof named Athletics NB High-Performance Coach/UNB Track & Field Head Coach

Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to announce Chris Belof as the new High-Performance Coach, Head Coach for the University of New Brunswick (UNB&UNBSJ) cross country/track & field teams and club coach with the Saint John Track & Field Club.

 

Chris who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and more recently coached in Manitoba brings a wealth of experience to the position in the areas of sprints/hurdles, para-athletics and endurance events. For the last four years, he has been an assistant coach with University of Manitoba Bison’s Track and Field team. Chris also brings excellent coaching credentials and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in Coaching Education with the University of Victoria. Before returning to school to pursue his masters, he was on the staff of Athletics Manitoba, the provincial sports association for track & field where he held numerous roles including the leader of provincial team programs and an interim period as Executive Director.

 

“We are pleased to have Chris Belof join our team to help build on the success of our programs in New Brunswick Athletes. He brings experience and skills that are tailor made to the job requirements of the position”, said Gabriel Leblanc, Executive Director of Athletics N.B.: 

 

Recently Chris has been expanding his coaching expertise, having complete coaching mentorships with Canada’s national relay coach, Glenroy Gilbert and in Arizona at the ALTIS Training Center where he has been able to learn from some of the top coaches on the continent.

 

On the university side, Chris looks to build on the success of the past six years since the track & field team was re-established and in 2017 came off their best season ever.  “I am excited to join the Athletics New Brunswick and UNB team to be involved with a performance and development driven community.  The passion in NB is contagious, and I'm eager to work side by side with such a great group of athletes, coaches and community builders“, said Chris Belof.

The job spans multiple responsibilities including Athletics NB High-Performance Coaching, Head Coach UNB Varsity Reds Track & Field / Cross Country and Saint John Track Club Coach/Coordinator.This position based in Saint John, NB is funded in part by the Province of New Brunswick’s Professional Coach Employment Program in partnership with the three groups name above.

 

“In Chris, we have someone who understands the sports environment of a smaller province but also brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the club athletes and the UNB VReds team,” said Bill MacMackin, SJTC Club president and manager of the UNB Track & Field Team. “We feel very fortunate to have Chris joining us to fill this coaching position in New Brunswick.” Chris will begin work in N.B. in early July.

 

For more information contact:  Gabriel Leblanc – Athletics N.B.: 506-855-5003

Bill MacMackin – Saint John Track Club / UNB Vreds Track & Field Team – 506-647-4931

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