McGill ski coach Côté headed for World University Winter Games



MONTREAL - David Côté, head coach of McGill alpine ski team, has been named to the coaching staff for the CIS team that will represent Canada in alpine skiing at the 2011 Winter Universiade, also known as the World University Winter Games, in Erzurum, Turkey, Jan. 27 to Feb. 6.


Côté, a 25-year-old native of Boucherville, Que., is in his fourth season as head coach at McGill, after two years coaching with the Bromont ski club. At the Games, he will work under head coach and team leader Vincent Lavoie of Université Laval.


The six-member women's squad is comprised of College François-Xavier-Garneau teammates Maëlle Bergeron and Catherine Morel, Westminster College's Kendall Brown, Harvard's Rebecca Nadler, Nevada Reno's Nicole Poleschuk, as well as Marie-France Tessier of the Montreal Carabins.


Laval teammates Philippe Crête-Belzile and Simon Mannella, Montana State's Christopher Barber, Montreal's Olivier Lacaille and Dartmouth College's Braden Long make up the men's team.


Lacaille is the only skier with previous Universiade experience. The Montreal native took part in three events in 2007 in Turin, Italy, when he was studying at the University of New Mexico, finishing 44th in the slalom, 48th in the Super-G and 53rd in the giant slalom.


Canada, which did not participate in this sport at the 2009 Games in China, has won two Universiade medals in alpine skiing over the years - both gold - including Josée Lacasse in the slalom in Sapporo, Japan, in 1991 and Lisa Richardson in the downhill in Lake Placid, NY, in 1972.


Team Canada website:

2011 Winter Universiade website:



Name                          School                                     Hometown


Maëlle Bergeron          Collège F.X. Garneau               Quebec City, Que.

Kendall Brown             Westminster College                Toronto, Ont.

Catherine Morel          Collège F.X. Garneau               Quebec City, Que.

Rebecca Nadler           Harvard University                  Ottawa, Ont.

Nicole Poleschuk         University of Nevada Reno     Winnipeg, Man.

Marie-France Tessier  University of Montreal            Montreal, Que.

Christopher Barber      Montana State University         Guelph, Ont.

Philippe Crête-Belzile  Laval University                      Cap-Rouge, Que.

Olivier Lacaille              University of Montreal            Montreal, Que.

Braden Long                  Dartmouth College                   Clarksburg, Ont.

Simon Mannella           Laval University                      Montreal, Que.




Head Coach: Vincent Lavoie, Laval University (Quebec City, Que.)
Coach: David Côté, McGill University (St-Hubert, Que.)


Schedule (local time)

Jan. 29 (10:00): Women's Super-G

Jan. 30 (10:00): Men's Super-G

Jan. 31 (10:00): Women's Super Combined (Super-G)

Jan. 31 (13:00): Women's Super Combined (Slalom)

Feb. 1 (10:00): Men's Super Combined (Super-G)

Feb. 1 (13:00): Men's Super Combined (Slalom)

Feb. 3 (9:00): Women's Giant Slalom (first run)

Feb. 3 (13:00): Women's Giant Slalom (second run)

Feb. 4 (9:00): Men's Giant Slalom (first run)

Feb. 4 (13:00): Men's Giant Slalom (second run)

Feb. 5 (9:00): Women's Slalom (first run)

Feb. 5 (13:00): Women's Slalom (second run)

Feb. 6 (9:00): Men's Slalom (first run)

Feb. 6 (13:00): Men's Slalom (second run)



Earl Zukerman

McGill Athletics & Recreation

514-398-7012 (mobile website)

earl.zukerman [at]"> earl.zukerman [at]