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February 28, 2002 Harry Zarins leaving Concordia



Director of Recreation and Athletics Harry Zarins is leaving Concordia on March 15 after a nine-year career at the university.

Zarins came to Concordia in July 1993 from the University of Victoria, where he was coordinator of athletics. He was also a member of McGill University’s department of athletics, holding various positions from 1976 to 1990.

In 1999, he was the chef de mission for the Canadian team at the World University Winter Games in Slovakia, and in 1993 for the Games in Buffalo, N.Y. He was also assistant chef for the Games at two other summer games.

Zarins has served on numerous professional organizations related to sport in Quebec, Canada and abroad.

During his term at Concordia, he worked hard to raise the Stinger profile and build support in the wider community through marketing and public relations initiatives. He made a special effort to reach out to alumni and potential sponsors. Harry revived the tradition of the Concordia Hall of Fame and gave the Awards Night and the recognition of exceptional student athletes a higher profile.

He is a strong supporter the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) Association, and as commissioner of the Quebec Interuniversity Football Conference (QIFC) succeeded in consolidating the league despite difficult times.

His support was important in the success of the University’s varsity teams, especially in women and men’s hockey, football and basketball. Under his leadership, work has also progressed on plans for new recreation and athletic facilities on both campuses.
The university thanks Harry for his contribution to Concordia’s success both on and off the field, and wishes him luck in his future pursuits.

Vice-Rector Services Michael Di Grappa will serve as Acting Director of Recreation and Athletics until a successor is found.