Men's volleyball Head Coach Wayne Harris has been named the top men's volleyball coach in Canada by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) at their National Championship Awards Banquet.
This year, the Royals were ranked as high as second in the CCAA national rankings. They won the bronze medal at the provincial championships after finishing their season with a 14-4 record.
When asked what winning the award meant to him, Harris said "It means that we did some very, very good things in our program this season and that we played this game we love with passion, precision, and purpose. It means that I was able to work with outstanding, 'coachable' young men and an excellent co-coach. This award belongs to the 16 of us who shared a vision and worked tirelessly towards building the team we became."
It is a fitting end to the season, and to the career of Coach Harris as he plans to step down after the season. He finishes his Redeemer coaching career with 57 wins and 3 provincial medals in just 5 seasons.
Athletic Director Dave Mantel applauds Harris for his time and impact as a member of the Royals Coaching Staff. "Every student-athlete that we've asked has praised Harris for his leadership, knowledge and attitude towards them," says Mantel. His co-coach this year, Brad Douwes, will become head coach next year.
The award also marks the first time a Redeemer coach has been named the CCAA Coach of the Year. For more on Coach Harris and the award, visit redeemerroyals.ca.