Harle steps down after 18 seasons as Calgary Dinos head coach
Source: Calgary Sports Info / Photo credit David Moll
CALGARY – The University of Calgary announced Friday that Shawnee Harle has resigned as head coach of the Dinos women's basketball team.
Harle led the Dinos for 18 seasons and leaves as the longest-serving head coach in program history.
“This decision has been made with much thought, deliberation, and planning,” Harle said. “There are some exciting career opportunities I want to pursue, and the timing couldn't be better after the amazing season we just finished. It started with a trip to Mexico where we built a home for a homeless family and culminated with our Dinos playing their best basketball of the season against the toughest opponents at the Final 8, in front of a loud, raucous crowd in our own gym.
“My 18 years at the University of Calgary were the best of my life and I leave with fond memories and a spirit of gratitude.”
In her final season with the team, Harle's Dinos compiled a 14-6 regular season record and, as hosts of the national championship tournament, shocked No. 1 Regina 75-66 in the quarterfinal en route to a fourth-place finish in CIS.
“Shawnee's dedication to this program for nearly two decades has been outstanding,” said Ron Wuotila, director of athletics and recreation. “We express our sincere thanks for her passion for basketball and commitment to her student-athletes and wish her all the best in the future.”
Harle joined the Dinos prior to the 1994-95 season after a two-year coaching stint at Brandon University. A native of Campbell River, B.C., she played for and then coached with the legendary Kathy Shields at the University of Victoria, winning the 1981 and 1982 national championships during her playing career.
She was named Canada West coach of the year in 1996, 2000, and 2008 and led the Dinos to the 2001 Canada West title and a CIS bronze medal a year after winning national silver.
In her 18 seasons with the Dinos, Harle posted a record of 222-150 (.597) in Canada West conference play and a 346-246 (.584) record overall.
The search for a replacement will begin immediately.
University of Calgary Women's Basketball Coaches
Dr. Jean Leiper
Theresa Maxwell (1972-75)
Marilyn McNeil (1975-79)
Donna Rudakas (1979-90, 1991-94)
Jane Anne Smith (1990-91)
Shawnee Harle (1994-2012)