The Memorial Sea-Hawks women's volleyball program is about to get a full-time head coach which is something Bill Thistle - and others - have been after for years.
The university will be advertising for the full-time position shortly but there's no guarantee it will be a Newfoundlander as it will be a country-wide search.
Thistle said it was difficult stepping down as Memorial Sea-Hawks women's volleyball coach, but he said the athletes deserve a full-time coach.
Thistle, who has coached MUN for nine years overall, including a stint from 1978 to 1983 and the past four years, says he is likely to stay on as an assistant coach when the new head coach is named.
"Coaching part time is very draining as you try to put full time hours into a program and balance a working and family life," said Thistle. "It sucks the energy from you and when you have such committed student athletes who do not get all the support necessary for success."
Thistle said he really hadn't planned on coming back this season but changed his mind when Michelle Healey, then the athletic director, asked him to return to "bridge the gap" to a new full-time position.
"One of the main recommendations from the varsity task report was to hire a full-time women's volleyball coach," noted Thistle.
"I believe we've made great strides and are very close to the top two teams in AUS. A full-time coach would have the time to do the little things to get to the next level. I really enjoying watching the individual athletes grow not just on the court but as young people. It's very rewarding.
"I'm very optimistic that that will happen for this fall, so I will be staying with the team until the new coach is in place," he said.
Thistle believes things are about to improve at Memorial University in terms of support for varsity athletics. "Some very positive growth is about to occur and president Dr. Gary Kachanoski is firmly behind changes."
Although they went up against each other in the 100-metres last summer, Daniel Kelloway says there's no rivalry between himself and soccer star Tyler Forsey.
That race was on July 13 at the Canada Games selection meet. Kelloway's time was 11.03.
"I believe Tyler was around 11.30. Jesse Walsh actually finished just behind me at 11.05," said Kelloway.
"I wouldn't really call it a rivalry," said Kelloway who finished first in his intitial NCAA 400-metre race last month.
"Tyler was only into track for a short time and he actually did different events. I run the 200 metres and 400 metres while Tyler prefers the 60m or the 100m. I actually only ran the 100m at this particular competition to qualify for the provincial 4x100m relay team," noted Kelloway who competes for Simon Fraser University.