by John Austen
Les Lawton says hes not looking to be the full-time director of
Recreation and Athletics, but a few months down the road he may throw
his hat into the ring if asked.
Lawton was named interim director last month when longtime director Harry
Harry wanted to take things in a different direction than the university
did, Lawton said. He has been great giving me advice and helping
me out. He`s a very classy individual.
Lawton, who is the longtime coach of the Concordia Stingers womens
hockey team, says he likes his new job, but when push comes to shove he
would find it difficult to do both.
As everyone knows, I love the coaching, but with all the travelling
involved, it would be really hard to do both jobs on a full-time basis,
he said. Well see how it goes. It will be a learning experience
for me, and then well see what direction [Concordia] wants to go
Lawton has many different responsibilities in his new job. There are budget
and staffing issues coming up and all the teams schedules have to
be made for the 2002-03 season. We are also replacing our playing
fields, and that takes some work and cordination.
He has an advantage, being a coach and a fixture at the university. Im
lucky that I know and get along with everyone that I work with,
he said. Everyones been very supportive so far, which makes
the transition easier. I will always look out for the athlete first. I
feel revitalized already in this job, and look forward to the challange.
Lawton is considered the dean of womens hockey coaches in North
America. He has coached the Stingers for 20 years and next season will
be gunning for his 500th win behind the bench.
The native of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has guided his team to 13 victories
in 15 Quebec championships and has won Concordias Theresa Humes
Invitational Womens hockey tournament in each of the last eight
He was also the head coach of Team Canada in 1994 when the team defeated
the U.S. 6-3 to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Lake
Lawton and his wife Paddy have four children and live in Dorval.