Karen Danylchuk came to Western in 1986 after five years of experience teaching a variety of subjects including kinesiology, physical education, racquet sports, swimming, waterpolo, and track and field, first at McMaster University and then at the International School in Hong Kong.
After taking a position at Western as a professor and as tennis coach, she also became the coordinator of Women’s Athletics, a position she held until 2001. As coordinator, she faced a number of challenges including the struggle with turnover of part time coaches, and budgeting for women’s sports in a setting that continued to favour the “big sports” of football and men’s basketball. Her time as coordinator was also marked by the success of numerous women’s teams at the intercollegiate level throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including the tennis team under her guidance as coach.
Karen Danylchuk remains at Western today as an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology.