Laurier Primeau, head coach of the Spartan men’s and women’s track and field programs is committed to developing a team that believes in “the vision”.
His goal is clear: produce a nationally and internationally competitive university program within the context of the Complete Champion Approach.
The programs immense growth, from 10 student-athletes when he Primeau arrived in 2011 to 65 in 2013-14, and increased competitive level over the last four years has helped the Spartans gain public recognition. Whether it be the breaking of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) records, winning individual CIS medals or claiming team gold and silver medals in Canada West this year, the Spartans track and field program is catching the eye of the nation.
In three years, Primeau has fostered a program that has built a culture of success, both on and off the field of play.
“There are many small factors that play a role in creating the successful environment that the track and field program fosters,” Primeau says. “TWU is a unique school which attracts very specific athletes. Whether it be injury prevention exercises, nutrition seminars, or sports psychology expertise, the focus of the program is to create an environment that breeds excellence and success in all areas.”
Since Primeau’s arrival on campus, the track and field program has been revolutionized. In three short years, Primeau has turned a fledgling program from a small campus in Langley, B.C. into a national power on the track while also becoming a pillar of strength in the Spartans aim to develop Complete Champions.
“We try and focus on what we do well and never allow excuses to justify underachievement,” Primeau says.