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Travis Grindle

October 1, 2004

Toronto, ON - The Board of Rugby Canada has named Lethbridge, Alberta's Neil Langevin as its Senior Women's Coach. Langevin's appointment follows the resignation of Dave Mays. In August, as interim co-coach of the Senior Women's team, Langevin led the squad to a 33-10 victory over the United States. Joining Neil for the Fall Tour will be Lance Hayward as Technical Assistant Coach, while Matt Parrish will also be joining the program as Head Scout (Selector).

Langevin, 38, a Technology Facilitator with the Lethbridge School Board is married to Carla and has two sons Kade (6) and Carter (2). Neil began his rugby career as a hooker at Sparwood High School in British Columbia's Kootenays before moving to the University of Lethbridge. He continued playing with the Lethbridge Rugby Club and has an impressive record as an administrator and coach. He is currently President of the Alberta Rugby Union, having served on the Board for the past four years as Director of Junior Rugby and Director of Representative Programs.

Langevin began coaching at the high school level before moving on to coach at club and provincial levels. He coached the U17, U18, U21 and U23 Alberta men's teams and five years ago he initiated the highly successful University of Lethbridge Pronghorn Women's program. In 2003, then Women's National Coach Ric Suggitt, recognizing Langevin's potential, invited him to act as an Apprentice Coach at the initial Churchill Cup in Vancouver. Later, Langevin acted as a selector at the National Championships, before co-coaching the Women's U23 team with Dawn Sharp. In 2004 he acted as National Senior Women's Assistant Coach at the Churchill Cup.

"I am very excited to be appointed Senior Women's Coach," says Langevin. " I am confident that Canada has the depth of players it needs that will allow it to continue to move toward its goal of being one of the top teams in the world.

"Obviously we must get back to a competitive frame of mind and improve our results. We play world #2 England twice in November in the UK. This will be a huge challenge and it is the kind of competition we need as we move closer to the Women's World Cup in 2006."

SOURCE: Rugby Canada

For more information contact:

Travis Grindle
Athletics Coordinator
Phone: (403) 329-2705
Fax: (403) 329-2709

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