Athletics and recreation director moves on

Kevin Boyles has been involved with U of C athletics for 23 of the past 25 years — first as a student athlete, then as a coach and most recently as the director of athletics and recreation. But that is set to change. Boyles is leaving his current post effective Dec. 31 to become the new CEO and general manager of the Calgary Winter Club.

“I’ve had a long history here at the U of C and am really passionate about the work that we do here,” said Boyles. “I love the job of being athletic director here, but the opportunity to go to the Calgary Winter Club as their CEO and GM was just an opportunity that I didn’t feel I could pass up.”

Boyles became the athletic director in 2008. During the past three years, the Dinos won 15 CW titles and six CIS titles.

“When I started, there was need for major change and we had to revamp the department and set a new path,” he said. “I think Dinos athletics is on a good path now and I would hope that someone coming in is going to build on the work that we’ve done in the past three years. The department was facing a fairly large deficit and a couple of sports were struggling to make budget every year.”

Boyles obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology from the U of C. He was a five-time CW all-star during his time on the Dinos volleyball team. Boyles also coached the Dinos women’s volleyball team for nine years.

“Some of the big moments were obviously the big championships we won over the years,” said Boyles. “I had the pretty rare opportunity to win a volleyball championship as athlete, coach and director of athletics, which is something that no one else in Canada has ever done before.”

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