— Bison Sports (@umbisons) April 18, 2016
Manitoba Bisons boss Coleen Dufresne is retiring after a 32-year career on campus.
The 63-year-old has served in her current role as athletic director since 2001. Prior to that, she was head coach of the Bison women’s basketball program from 1984-01.
“Coleen Dufresne has been an inspiring role model and advocate for sport on our campus, in our province and across the country,” said University of Manitoba president and vice-chancellor David Barnard.
“I want to thank her on behalf of the entire University of Manitoba community for her devotion and enthusiasm to Bison sports and in particular to the thousands of student athletes she has impacted over the years.”
Also with the Bisons, Dufresne was part of the three Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championships for the Bison women’s basketball program when they won in the 1987-88, 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.
“As an athletic director in Canada West, I have had the honour of working with the very best leaders in CIS Sport and I’m thankful to everyone for having been a part of my journey,” Dufresne said.
Her last day at the helm of Bison Sports will be August 31, 2016.