(SAINT JOHN, NB) Athletics New Brunswick has announced that Chris Belof has been hired as its new High Performance Coach, head coach of the UNB Varsity Reds cross country and track & field teams, and club coach for the Saint John Track & Field Club.
Chris, who was born in Regina and more recently coached in Manitoba, brings a wealth of experience to the position in the areas of sprints/hurdles, para-athletics and endurance events. For the last four years, he’s been an assistant coach with University of Manitoba Bisons track & field team.
Chris brings excellent coaching credentials and is in the process of completing a Masters degree in Coaching Education through the University of Victoria. Before returning to school, he was on the staff of Athletics Manitoba, where he held numerous roles including the leader of provincial team programs and an interim period as Executive Director.
“We are pleased to have Chris join our teams to help build on the success of our programs in New Brunswick athletics,” said Gabriel Leblanc, Executive Director of Athletics NB. “He brings experience and skills that are tailor-made to the job requirements of the position.”
Recently Chris has been expanding his coaching expertise, having complete coaching mentorships with Canada’s national relay coach, Glenroy Gilbert, and at Arizona’s ALTIS Training Center, where he was working with some of the top coaches on the continent.
With the Varsity Reds, Chris will look to build on recent successes as the team is coming off its best season since being re-established. “I am excited to join the Athletics New Brunswick and UNB teams and to be involved with a performance and development driven community,” said Belof. “The passion in New Brunswick is contagious, and I'm eager to work side by side with such a great group of athletes, coaches and community builders.“
This position is based in Saint John and is funded in part by the Province of New Brunswick’s Professional Coach Employment Program in partnership with Athletics NB, the Varsity Reds and the Saint John Track & Field Club.
“In Chris, we have someone who understands the sports environment of a smaller province but also brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the club athletes and the Varsity Reds,” said Bill MacMackin, SJTC president and manager of the UNB track & field team. “We feel very fortunate to have Chris joining us to fill this coaching position.”
Chris will begin work in New Brunswick in early July.