Brad Karren (Head Coach)
Avery Harrison is in his 4th season at the helm of the Kodiaks and is in his 29th year coaching in the ACAC, making him one of the longest serving coaches in the CCAA. After starting in the 1980’s, this is his fourth decade coaching at the College level. He started coaching at Hugh Sutherland High School in Carstairs with Blaine Vadnais in 1980. In three seasons there, the team went undefeated in league and zone competition (39-0; 124-15 overall), winning the 2A Provincial championship in 1982-83.
Harrison joined the SAIT Men’s Coaching staff during the 1983-84 season and was part of the ACAC Championship teams from 1984-87, as well as their undefeated National Championship team of 1986 (43-0). Following the 1987-88 season he joined the SAIT Women’s coaching staff as an Assistant coach before stepping in as head coach for the 1990-91 season. In 1991-92 he was named ACAC coach of the Year, and took the Trojans to the National Championships in 1993 and 1994. They became the first Technical school in the history of the CCAA to attend the Nationals in Women’s basketball, he took them 6 times.
In 1997 he joined Mount Royal College as their head coach and over the next two seasons guided the Cougars to two ACAC Championships and a 47-1 record in ACAC regular season and play-off action. In 1998, the Cougars won a Silver medal at the Nationals, upsetting the top two ranked teams in the country. After taking a team with nine high school rookies in the line up to the National final, Harrison was named the 1997-98 ACAC Coach of the Year.
In June 1998 he returned to SAIT where to team won ACAC and National Championships in 1999 (42-3), and 2001 (37-4). He was named CCAA National Coach of the year both those seasons.
After a brief retirement Harrison came to Lethbridge College in 2010-11, and took the Kodiaks to the Nationals in 2012. He was again named ACAC coach of the year, and became the only coach in the ACAC to have won the award at three different colleges.
In 19 seasons as a head coach his teams have won 4 ACAC Gold medals, 3 Silver, and 4 Bronze; 2 CCAA Gold medals, and 1 Silver. He has coached 37 ACAC All -stars, 9 All Canadians, 2 ACAC Players of the Year, and 2 Canadian Colleges Players of the year. His head coaching record stands at 436 wins and 262 losses.
“It’s about the players, after all these years,” said Harrison, “ We get a unique opportunity to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Sports is really about developing people, and helping them succeed in the classroom as well as the playing field. One thing we are very proud of is that over half our team has a GPA over 3.00 and they are all doing well. After a successful basketball career with the Kodiaks, it makes our day to see them walk across the podium in April and graduate.”