Thistle named interim Director of Athletics for MUN

John Browne
Published on February 27, 2014
Former MUN women's volleyball coach Bill Thistle has been appointed the interim Director of Athletics until a permanent replacement can be found for former Director Michelle Healey.
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Bill Thistle has been appointed “interim” Director of Athletics for Memorial University.
Thistle said he was asked to take on the job by Dr. Heather Carnahan, Dean of Human Kinetics and Recreation “a couple of weeks ago.”MUN

“I’m just filling in until they get someone,” Thistle told The Telegram Wednesday night.

Thistle, the former Mile One Centre general manager who has coached MUN’s women’s volleyball team for nine years, said he was asked to fill the position for about four to six months until a full-time director is selected.

“Hopefully shorter,” added Thistle. “The shorter the better for me.”

Thistle said the university was looking for someone with an athletic background “and I just happened to be available.”

MUN is looking for a replacement for Michelle Healey, the former Sea-Hawks basketball star who recently moved on to the provincial government’s recreation and sports division Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation after serving many years as Memorial’s Director of Athletics.

Thistle said he doesn’t know who the university might have in mind for the position.

“I won’t have the final say in anything, that’s for sure.”

He said he is just happy to help out in the interim and help in guiding the program through the next few months and then “hand it off to the next person who is coming in.”

Thistle, who decided against returning as head coach of the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) squad next year, said he still hopes to help the volleyball team out as an assistant next season.

“That’s my hope, but maybe the person who comes in doesn’t want me. That’s fine as well. I’ll go do something else,” he said.

It is believed the university is in the process of naming a full-time women’s volleyball coach to run the program next season, though it hasn’t been confirmed.