Humber’s current athletic director, Ray Chateau, attributed his early success to other staff, and seven years of shadowing the legendary Doug Fox.
Chateau replaced Fox, who retired after a 35-year career last spring. Fox’s era was defined by success, seeing 32 national and 143 provincial gold medals. Chateau was part of that story, guiding Humber’s varsity men’s golf team to 10 CCAA National Championships in 12 years, and obtaining the 2012 CCAA Coaching Excellence Award.
This fall, Hawks teams were awarded medals in every sport, including championships in men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s rugby, and women’s fastball.
Chateau said the shift into his new role was smooth.
“I’m very happy with the transition. It was good timing,” he said, adding the role is one he always saw himself assuming.
Chateau said that Fox’s mentorship allowed him to understand the role before the move.
“Philosophically, Doug and I are the same,” Chateau said. “We share a responsibility to offer athletes the opportunity to win and be successful (on the playing field), and to be successful in the classroom.”
The biggest challenge for the first-year athletic director has been managing the number of events Humber College has taken on, he said.
“We’re hosting four Ontario championships, and one national championship, on top of the regular 20 teams, Humber Cups, new laundry facilities and a new Lakeshore campus facility,” Chateau said.
Taylor Hutchinson has played volleyball at Humber for three years. She says the sports program has remained strong through the move.
“The transition to a new athletic director hasn’t affected athletics from what I’ve noticed, our teams are just as strong,” said Hutchinson.
Jim Bialek, Humber athletics manager, said the transition has been “seamless.”
“The biggest thing he’s allowed is operations to continue as they did in the past,” he said.
Bialek has worked full-time at Humber for 33 years, spending most of his career with Fox as athletic director. Bialek said the ease of the takeover is because of how tightly Fox and Chateau had worked at Humber.
Now that Chateau has taken over, Bialek credits the personality of Fox’s successor for easing the move.
“He has his own way. He’s very cut and dry, very decisive and very goal oriented,” he said.