A former captain of the Trinity Western Spartans men’s volleyball program has been appointed the new director of athletics for his alma matter.
Jeff Gamache, who played for the Spartans from 1992 to 1995 and was an academic all-Canadian, was announced as the new director of athletics last week (Nov. 23). He will begin his new role on Jan. 9.
“(Jeff) brings considerable coaching and administrative experience to the position. His enthusiasm for varsity sport is contagious and we are very excited to see where Spartan Athletics moves under his leadership,” said Dr. Blair Whitmarsh, the TWU dean of the school of human kinetics.
“I am so excited to join such a high performing team that is already leading the way in Canada,” Gamache said. “I look forward to leading an athletics program that honours God in all that we do. I truly believe that championships are a result of wanting the best for our athletes in all areas of their lives.”
Gamache has worked as an alumni sport coordinator with the Spartan Foundation, Vice President of BC Boys Volleyball, coordinator of Fraser Valley Junior Boys Volleyball, and is a leadership team member of the BC Boys Volleyball Championships.
“I am incredibly excited and proud to be returning home to a place that was formative in my development as a leader,” said Gamache. “At Trinity Western I saw servant leadership in action and was challenged to infuse my faith into all aspects of life. In my four years as a Spartan athlete I learned the values of perseverance, teamwork and goal setting. In my time away from TWU, I have gained valuable leadership experience in the education and sport environment.”
The former Academic All-Canadian has a bachelor of arts from Trinity Western University (1995), a bachelor of education from Simon Fraser University (1997) and a master’s degree from Trinity Western University (2011). He was also the interim head coach of the Spartan men’s volleyball team for the 1995-96 season.
In addition to his leadership expertise, Gamache has over 14 years of coaching experience as a high school and club coach. In 2014 he was the Fraser Valley Volleyball Association coach of the year.
Gamache is currently the vice-principal of MEI Middle School in Abbotsford.