Sports Services has hired uOttawa alumnus Roger Archambault to the new position of Assistant Director, High Performance Athletics to oversee the leadership, development and implementation of sport-specific performance planning among the Gee-Gees varsity and competitive club programs.
Archambault is a National Coaching Certification Program Master Coach and Master Learning Facilitator, and has worked directly with over 15 national sport organizations during his 26-year career in sport management. As a coach and technical staff member the former national team biathlete has participated in six Olympic Games as well as over one hundred World Cup events and World Championships. He joins uOttawa from Water-Polo Canada where he served as the Director of High Performance since 2014.
“We are very fortunate to have Roger joining the University of Ottawa Sports Services team to help us enhance the overall student-athlete experience,” commented Marc Schryburt, Director of Sports Services. “Roger has a proven track record of working with high performance coaches and programs to achieve excellence both nationally and internationally.”
Prior to his time with Water-Polo Canada Archambault worked for the City of Gatineau as the Director for Sport, Leisure, and Community Development, and spent four years as the Manager of Team Services at the Canadian Olympic Committee which included the preparations for the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Olympic Games.
Coaching education has been a prominent part of Archambault’s career. A long-time biathlon coach and technical director, including two years as the national team head coach, the Gatineau native developed the Long Term Athlete Development model for Biathlon Canada as well as the NCCP Community Based Coaching education program. He is a certified level 5 biathlon coach, a master coach for the National Coaching Institute, and has served on the Board of Directors for Coaches of Canada.
“The CIS is a very important high performance environment and I feel thrilled to have this opportunity to become a part of the success and tradition of the Gee-Gees programs and brand,” expressed Archambault. “I look forward to working with the coaching staff to grow the success that the University of Ottawa has witnessed and help enhance the student-athlete experience.”
Archambault returns to uOttawa after earning a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the Faculty of Social Sciences in 1996. He will begin his duties on January 25.