The PACWEST would like to offer many thanks to Bruce Hunter of the Vancouver Island University Mariners as he steps down as the Conference President and Athletic Director at VIU.
He was an integral part of the PACWEST over the past six years as the President. In his time, the Conference went through a major rebrand becoming the PACWEST in 2011 from the BCCAA. Under his watch 40 PACWEST teams won a CCAA National medal including 14 gold.
During his 15 years as the Athletic Director at VIU, the Mariners became a powerhouse in the PACWEST having won 10 straight aggregate championship titles.
Without a doubt Bruce is a “people person” leading to the Mariners success. His formula to find the right coaches to make the program flourish certainly succeeded. “I really believe that that is the cornerstone to a successful program,” he said. “You need to have a successful coach who has the ability to recruit. You have to have someone that good players want to play for. Once you start to collect a few good players, then good players want to play with other good players. There’s no question that success breeds success.”
With his departure the PACWEST has elected Jake McCallum (pictured) from Langara College as the Conference’s new President. "Bruce has meant so much to VIU and to the PACWEST over the past 15 years,” says McCallum. “As President he always had the best interest of the PACWEST in mind and represented our Conference so well at the Provincial and National level. His knowledge and experience will be missed."
McCallum has been the Athletic Director at Langara for the past five years and is ready to move into the PACWEST President seat. "I am excited to take on the role as PACWEST President and realize that we have some challenging times ahead. I hope to be able to represent our Conference as well as the past Presidents have done and will be leaning on the membership to help continue the storied history of the PACWEST. "
As for the next chapter for Bruce, he’s not going far taking a step back to his roots and heading back to the classroom. He will remain at VIU as a Phys-Ed instructor. “I’m really looking forward to the change. I put my job ahead of a lot of things in my life for the last 15 years and it’s been great, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, but for me, now, I feel like it’s time to make a change. I’ll always bleed Mariner blue. I’ll always be a huge supporter of the PACWEST programs.”
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