Lakehead University

Athletics Department

Dawkins Joins Wolves

September 2nd, 2005

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Lakehead Athletics is pleased to announce that Owen Dawkins joins the Thunderwolves family as the new Wrestling Co Coach. Dawkins comes to Lakehead from Edmonton where he was a teacher and coach at McNally High School, coach at the Edmonton Wrestling Club, and an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Alberta from 2002 to 2004-05.

Francis Clayton remains as Head Coach and he will work on video analysis, do one-on-one coaching with some of the development athletes, and develop a support system for team members and team coaches. He will also gather and distribute information (technical and tactical) to Lakehead team members and develop coaching education materials. Clayton said Dawkins is an excellent choice for Lakehead. We are looking forward to having Owen be part of our program, he does bring a lot to the table and has a winning tradition.

Dawkins has an extensive resume of accomplishments in wrestling such as a fourth place finish at the 2000 World University Wrestling Chamlpionships; a second at the 1998 Pan AM Championships, a fifth at the 1998 FILA Test Tournament. He is a five-time Canadian National Champion; four-time National Silver Medalist; six-time National Bronze Medalist; and was a Member of the Canadian National Wrestling Team for six years.

Dawkins has a Level Three NCC Coaching certification. Dawkins said he is looking forward to being part of Thunderwolves wrestling. Im very excited with this opportunity and hope I can take the program to the next level. Its a step up for me in terms of coaching and Im really looking forward to the challenge. Its also very exciting that Lakehead is hosting the OUA championships in my first season as head coach.

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