(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers have announced the first ever full-time coaching appointments for the men’s hockey and volleyball programs.
Hockey head coach Kevin Hamlin has been instated in the full-time position. Widely considered to be among the top collegiate coaches in the country, Hamlin has an outstanding record as a winning coach and impressive credentials as a former player.
His career at Windsor includes two OUA Coach of the Year honours, two trips to the national championship tournament, and one OUA Queen’s Cup Championship. The Lancers have also qualified for the playoffs for the last nine years, dating back to 2009-10.
“We are very pleased to be able to appoint Kevin Hamlin as the head coach of the Lancers men’s hockey team on a full time basis,” said Mike Havey, Windsor’s Athletic Director. “Kevin has had a very successful ten-year run leading the club in a part time role highlighted by a Queen’s Cup Championship in 2013 and back to back national championship appearances in 2013 and 2014. We are all very excited that Kevin is now in a position to be able to turn his full attention to leading the Lancers. The program is in good hands.”
Hamlin is excited to embark on this next chapter with Lancer men’s hockey.
“It’s an honour for me to lead our program into another development phase,” he said. “We have been consistently regarded as one of the top programs in Ontario and, while our ultimate goal is to win a national championship, we will continue to develop championship people along the way. I have never been more excited to begin a season.”
Havey also announced the appointment of James Gravelle as the full-time head coach of the Lancer men’s volleyball team.
“Coming off a program best performance in 2017-18, the trajectory of the program has been very positive under James’ leadership,” said Havey. “In a full time role, James will be able to continue to build on the significant program progress that he has been able to achieve in his first five years as head coach.”
Since taking over the Lancers in 2013, Gravelle has re-focused the team on the fundamentals, stressing individual skill-building and steady development of every player on the roster. A great deal of the Lancers development model comes from Gravelle’s time spent with Team Canada as an assistant coach of the National B Team in 2015 and 2016 and head coach of the Canadian Universiade team in Taipei, Taiwan in 2017.
He was also the 2017 Team Ontario 17U Boys head coach.
The steady improvement of the Lancers men’s volleyball program over the past five seasons has been highlighted this past season as they qualified for the national championship tournament for the very first time in program history. They won the program’s first provincial medal following a victory over the Ryerson Rams in the OUA bronze medal game.
The 2017-18 season is the second time in James’ five year tenure that the program advanced to the OUA Final Four.
The Lancers men’s hockey season starts October 3 as Windsor hosts the Western Mustangs at South Windsor Arena with the puck drop at 7:30pm. Men’s volleyball begins the season on the road in Kingston when they face Queen’s on October 27. The men will host their home opener on November 3 when Brock comes to town for a 2pm start.