The University of the Fraser Valley and Cascades athletic director Rick Nickelchok are parting ways.
The circumstances surrounding Nickelchok’s departure aren’t entirely clear. A brief press release issued by the university on Wednesday stated that Nickelchok “has left UFV to pursue other opportunities.”
A UFV spokesperson declined further comment, stating that it’s university policy not to speak publicly on personnel issues.
Nickelchok, likewise, declined comment when contacted by The News.
Chris Bertram, head of UFV’s kinesiology and physical education department and the coach of the Cascades men’s golf team, will serve as interim athletic director.
“At this point, all we know is, Rick is off pursuing other things, and we’re wishing him all the best and thanking him for the time he’s given to the program,” Bertram said.
“I’m fairly up to speed with the workings of the department, and what the immediate responsibilities and priorities are. Really, all I’m trying to do right now is ensure that the disruption to the program is minimized and all the coaches and student-athletes are able to carry on with their business of preparing for their seasons.”
In terms of a timeline for securing a new athletic director, Bertram said the university is doing a review of the job description.
“There’s some thought there might be a bit of a reworking of the roles of that particular position,” he said. “Once that’s been determined, there will be a search commencing immediately.”
Nickelchok had served as Cascades athletic director since July of 2007, when he was hired away from a similar position at Brandon University.