U SPORTS sits down with one key athlete, coach, and staff member of each U SPORTS athletic program in our interview series “Getting to know…”
- Name: Skye Angus
- School: University of Guelph
- Sport: Women’s Basketball
- Position: Coordinator, Compliance & Varsity Sports Operations
- Seniority: 14 years
- Previous job/position: Intercollegiate Assistant
- Hometown: Waterdown, Ont.
1. How did you get to your current position, and what do you enjoy most about our job?
I have worked in athletics at the University of Guelph since 2005 in various capacities. I have been the Client Service Supervisor, Business Clerk, Apparel Coordinator and Intercollegiate Assistant before moving into my current role as Coordinator, Compliance & Varsity Sports Operations. I enjoy working directly with our varsity coaches, student-athletes and other university administrative staff on a daily basis.
2. Who has had the most influence on your career?
Angela Orton. Not only was she my coach, but she has also been my mentor and biggest supporter during my career in university sport.
3. What is your greatest sporting moment or achievement?
Winning an OUA Championship as an assistant coach in 2005 on my birthday and with my youngest sister a member of the team. Also, winning back-to-back national championships with Team Ontario as a head coach.
4. What does success look like for the University of Guelph athletics program?
Winning national championships and setting (and then re-setting) the bar for not only ourselves, but our colleagues at other schools and across campus.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you face in today’s sports world?
6. Where would you like to see Canadian university sport in the next three to five years?
I would like to be able to turn on the TV week in and week out and watch Canadian university sports – not just the finals of the U SPORTS Championships, but every week and from all across Canada.
7. If you could sit down for dinner with one person in the sports industry (athlete, coach or manager), who would it be? Why? What would you talk about?
Michael Jordan. He was my sports idol growing up and the greatest of all time in my opinion. I would want to talk about his evolution in sport, as well as obstacles and adversities he faced.
8. What would you say to a sports fan who’s never watched a U SPORTS game/tournament/competition?
You are missing out! With a lack of professional leagues in Canada, U SPORTS competition is the pinnacle for many sports in our country. The level of competition is very high and the games/events are very entertaining.
9. What do you enjoy doing when you’re away from work?
Hiking, working out, reading, spending time with family