Russell Willms

Director of Athletics

Russell Willms





204.487.3300 ext. 690



Russell oversees the CMU Athletics Program, including the CMU Blazers Varsity Sports Teams, CMU Summer Sports Camps, and recreation and fitness opportunities on campus. CMU competes intercollegiately with men's and women's varsity sports teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball, and futsal in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.

Coming to CMU in 2008, Russell has previous experience as the director of a non-profit organization and many years working in the Athletics Departments at University of Manitoba and Providence University College in event organizing and coaching.

"Athletics is a vibrant part of campus life for CMU students," Russell shares when asked how athletics relates to the university experience. "Among the myriad of other things, sport teaches us teamwork, leadership and to handle adversity, victory, and defeat with humility, diginity, and grace."

When away from the office, Russell enjoys spending time with his wife, Jira, at their home in the quiet, south-Winnipeg community of St-Norbert. Russell enjoys running, playing and coaching soccer, and is an avid sports-enthusiast.

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