Trent Excalibur Welcomes New Men’s Soccer Coach to Trent University

New head coach Grant Purdy to begin building the team immediately in preparation of the 2019-20 season


Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Peterborough

Trent University’s Athletics & Recreation department is excited to announce the appointment of Grant Purdy as the new head coach of the men’s varsity soccer program.

 Mr. Purdy has built and coached numerous teams over the course of his 25 year educational career and brings with him a passion for working with individuals to bring out their best in a team environment. Born in United Kingdom, his love of sports and especially soccer comes naturally (better known to him as football). A four-year varsity athlete at York University, his experiences give him an understanding of the demands of being a varsity student-athlete.

 “I recognize the importance of education through sport and keeping the balance between the two and the difficulties and demands that varsity athletics and academics place on the athlete in a university setting,” said Mr. Purdy. “Working with the players is my fuel, watching them develop individually and together as a team drives me to be better as a coach. Whether in the classroom or playing the field, I instill a sense of purpose and belief in individuals.”

 Mr. Purdy has excelled as a coach across multiple sports at the high school level, with championships at the OFSAA and CISAA level. His successes have also extended to coaching at the club level, winning back-to-back Ontario Cups with the Aurora 98 Stingers (first in the club’s 46-year history), OYSL league championship with North Mississauga 1998 Panthers, and most recently winning the Ontario (OPDL) Cup with the 2001 Whitby Boys team.

 “The Trent Excalibur are very excited to have Mr. Purdy join the Green & White,” said Deborah Bright-Brundle, director of Athletics & Recreation. “He will lead the charge on a new era of men’s soccer, building off the tremendous work of the staff before him.”

 Mr. Purdy holds a National B license, working towards his A license in soccer, with NCCP certifications over a variety of sports. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Science in Education, with an emphasis on coaching and sports psychology.


About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.




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