After 13 years with the Manitoba colleges Athletic conference, Bill Wedlake is retiring and stepping down as its executive director.
Under Wedlake’s leadership, the MCAC added new member schools, new programs and most recently the league was unanimously given full acceptance into the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association.
“One of the main reasons why the MCAC hired Bill was to help our conference get to a point where we could one day apply and hopefully be accepted as a member conference in the CCAA,” said Scott Masterson, MCAC president. “It has been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs but the MCAC is incredibly grateful for the wealth of knowledge and experience that Bill has brought to our conference.”
The MCAC has seen growth in its championship weekends and within each sport throughout Wedlake’s time with the league. Brandon University became a league member, Assiniboine Community College and Red River College added soccer programs, the Université de Saint-Boniface added basketball teams and a women’s soccer program, Providence University College returned to full MCAC involvement under his leadership.
Masterson said a lot of improvements have been made behind the scenes due to Wedlake’s contributions.
“Over the past 13 years, with Bill’s leadership, the MCAC has improved its policies and processes, schedules, championships, public awareness, and overall student-athlete experience,” said Masterson.
“Of course, it has now culminated with the MCAC’s acceptance as a member conference of the CCAA and that is something that Bill, and all of those who have worked together with him over the years, can be proud of. Bill’s involvement in the MCAC has demonstrated his ability to continually have a positive impact on sport within Manitoba.”
Wedlake also helped the league build stronger relationships with provincial organizations like Basketball Manitoba, Volleyball Manitoba and the Manitoba Soccer Association.
Wedlake said getting CCAA membership was a major goal for him and now that the goal has become reality, it is time for him to step down. He said he has confidence the league’s athletic directors and leaders will continue to build on the league’s recent success.
“They’re a great group of young athletic directors to work with, they made my job very easy and I really enjoyed working with them and I wish them all the best,” said Wedlake.