The Brock Badgers have found a new coach to lead the curling program after Murray Etherington’s decade long tenure came to an end following his retirement in the offseason.
John Sawchuk will take over as coach of both the women’s and men’s curling teams.
The women’s team has had an abundance of success in recent years. They won the OUA bronze the past two seasons, a national silver medal last year and bronze the year before at the U Sports championships. They have also won the OUA silver in 2015 and 2016 and another bronze in 2011. In 2011 and 2012, the team also won the national silver.
The men’s team, has not been as successful at the national level, but have definitely dominated at the provincial level, earning the OUA silver last season, gold the year before and bronze in 2017 and 2014. The team last medaled at the U Sports championships in 2012, when they took home bronze.
Sawchuk, a high school teacher, has coached many high level curling teams to top-three placements on the Junior Curling Circuit. He will look to translate his coaching success at the junior provincial level to the university level, hoping to maintain Brock’s reputation as one of the top curling schools in both the province and country.
Sawchuk is a seasoned curler, who has played the sport for over two decades and currently masters his craft at various curling clubs in the Niagara Region.
The curling teams are currently holding tryouts from Oct. 7-9 at the Niagara Falls Curling Club from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.