Dennis Barrett – Track and Field
Dennis Barrett has had success as both an athlete and coach at McGill, and is currently in his 30th season as a coach. After transferring to McGill from the NCAA in 1981, Barrett led the Redmen to the Québec track and field title and earned All-Canadian status–the first track athlete from McGill to do so. Since then he has coached 42 more athletes to All-Canadian honours in track and an additional 20 in cross-country. In the 1981-1982 season, Barrett placed second in Nationals for the 600m and set multiple school track records including a 1:27.92 in the 4x200m relay, a record that still stands today. Barrett has received RSEQ Coach-of-the-Year 22 times in track and 32 times in cross-country. He has led the Redmen to 10 titles in cross-country and six in track and field, and the Martlets to 22 cross-country and 16 track and field titles.
Rachèle Béliveau – Martlet volleyball
Rachèle Béliveau held a 500-463-2 record in 965 career contests entering the 2014-2015 season—the most wins by any coach in any sport in the history of McGill. Béliveau, a Sherbrooke, Québec native, played volleyball at the Université de Sherbrooke for five seasons between 1982 and 1989, leading the team to three consecutive RSEQ titles. In the process, she was a two-time All-Canadian and was inducted in the Vert et Or Hall of Fame in 2009. Béliveau also appeared for the Canadian national team between 1983 and 1986 and represented her country at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles. As coach, Béliveau has earned RSEQ Coach-of-the-Year four times and led the Martlets to their first ever conference championship in volleyball in the 2001-2002 season.
Marc Mounicot – Redmen soccer
Marc Mounicot has been coach of the Redmen soccer team since January 2013 after serving as head coach of the Martlet soccer team for the previous 15 seasons. He led the Redmen to a 6-2-4 record and a third-place finish in the RSEQ this past season. As Martlet coach, Mounicot held a .815 regular season winning percentage in 203 games. He was selected the RSEQ Coach-of-the-Year four times and won CIS Coach-of-the-Year in 2009. He guided the Martlets to eight Quebec titles and four medals at the CIS National Championships. Mounicot ranks fifth on McGill’s all-time scoring list, having played on the team for three seasons from 1994 to 1997 as a striker, scoring 26 goals in 54 career games. A two-time All-Canadian, Mounicot led the RSEQ in scoring in his final season and was voted conference player of the year. That same season, Mounicot won the Bill Searles Trophy as team MVP and co-captained McGill to the 1997 National Championship title.
Jose-Luis Valdes – Martlet soccer
Jose-Luis Valdes became the coach for Martlet soccer following former coach Marc Mounicot’s departure to coach the Redmen soccer team in January 2013. In his first season as coach, Valdes led the Martlets to an 8-3-3 RSEQ record, good for a third-place finish in the conference. Valdes had previously served 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Martlet soccer team from 2001 to 2011 under Mounicot, helping win five conference titles during that period. Valdes played goalkeeper for the Redmen from 2001 to 2004, graduating in 2005 with a degree in physical and health education. He has been appointed to the coaching staff for the CIS women’s soccer squad that will be competing at the FISU World University Summer Games in South Korea in July 2015.
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