Kodiaks Add 15 years of Post-Secondary Experience to Coaching Staff
The Kodiaks Men’s Volleyball Team are ecstatic to announce the addition of 3 assistant coaches with very decorated playing careers within Canada. All three grew up in Lethbridge, and have gone various directions in their post-secondary careers. They have all been coached by Kodiaks head coach Ian Bennett at some point in their careers, and are excited by the opportunity to contribute to a successful program.
Mike Hawkins – In his first year, Mike won an ACAC and CCAA gold with Mount Royal, then transferred to Lethbridge College where he played two years for the Kodiaks, a captain in both. He then transferred to Thompson Rivers University to finish his final two years of eligibility and complete his degree. For the past two seasons, Mike has been on the coaching staff at TRU, which saw their resurgence this year with a Canada West bronze medal. Coach Ian Bennett adds, “Mike has always been a huge part of this program. When I got the job down here, he made it ‘cool’ for great players to choose Lethbridge. On top of a great playing career, he already has the coaching ability to be a head coach in this league.”
Chris Gilbert – In the argument of ‘one of the best players to ever play high school ball in Lethbridge,’ Chris was the leader of LCI’s 59-0 season, capped with a 4A provincial gold medal. He first took his talents to Red Deer College for two years before transferring to the University of Saskatchewan, to play three years with the Huskies. In his fifth year, Chris was named a Canada West first team all-star. “He has always had the ability to make opponents blocks look foolish, and his own attackers look great. I have also witnessed him put as much passion into his coaching as he did into his playing.” – Ian Bennett
Patrick Lenaour – Pat was a starting middle on the same Mount Royal Team as Mike Hawkins, winning ACAC and CCAA Gold. He then moved to the University of Calgary where he won yet another national championship, this time in the CIS. Pat has played every attacking position in the game at some point in his career, and has a deep understanding of what is needed to be successful at every level. “Pat has always been a player who was very attentive to the hard lessons that needed to be learned to play the game well. He is doing an exceptional job working with our Junior Kodiak Club team.”
“All three of these gentlemen are exceptional players and coaches. They will add immeasurable benefit to our program. This programs core values and track record of success is attracting great recruits and great coaches who want to contribute. I have always believed that a great coach is someone who surrounds himself with great people – I know I have done just that.”
Kodiaks Head Coach Ian Bennett