Singer to take sabbatical from coaching for 2012-13 season
Source: Western Sports Info
LONDON, ON – Western Mustangs men’s hockey head coach Clarke Singer has decided to take a one-year sabbatical from coaching and will not be behind the bench for the 2012-13 season. He will remain involved with the program in a variety of administrative roles and will return to lead the Mustangs for the 2013-14 season. Current assistant coach Pat Powers will take over head coaching duties on an interim basis in Singer’s absence.
Singer, who has a master’s degree in kinesiology from Western, will maintain many of his administrative roles, including spearheading the program’s recruiting efforts, and will take on greater responsibility for the program’s alumni outreach activities. He will also take on added teaching responsibilities in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
“This is something I’ve been thinking about for a few years now,” said Singer, who led the Mustangs to a CIS runner-up finish this season. “It is a privilege to lead this program, but at the same time I am looking forward to pursuing administrative and academic interests and spending a great deal more time with my family.”
Having just completed his 13th season as head coach of the Mustangs, Singer has been named OUA Coach of the Year four times and is widely considered to be one of the top coaches in Canadian university hockey.
“We look at this as an investment in the future of the program and in an outstanding coach and individual,” said Western Director of Athletics Thérèse Quigley. “Our people are the biggest reason for our success and we are dedicated to creating an environment that supports our staff and student-athletes.”
Stepping in behind the bench for the Mustangs on an-interim basis will be assistant coach Pat Powers, who just completed his fourth season with the program. Powers has previous coaching experience at the Jr. B-level with St. Thomas and London, in addition to four seasons of minor professional playing experience.
“The program is very capable hands with Pat behind the bench,” said Singer. “He is a tremendous leader and an outstanding coach. Along with other members of the coaching staff and the returning players, I have no doubt that the team is poised for a successful 2012-13 season.”