Kodiaks MVB continue to dip in the international talent pool with signing of Aussie Taylor

Kodiaks MVB continue to dip in the international talent pool with signing of Aussie Taylor

The Lethbridge College Kodiaks Men’s Volleyball team is excited to announce the addition of Outside Hitter Tim Taylor for the 2015/2016 season.  Tim joins the Kodiaks after spending the past year training with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport), as well as the U-23 Australian Junior National Team. 

Taylor will join the long list of recent international student-athletes who have experienced success for the Kodiaks. That list includes recent graduates Kai Hesthammer, who has transferred to Macewan University (CIS) after winning ACAC Rookie of the Year, as well as last year’s team captain, Hakon Ostrem, both coming from Norway. “I am excited to have a player of Tim’s quality join our group for next year. He has played at a very high level in Australia, a country that has achieved impressive results recently in international competitions, and has produced a number of great athletes who have come over to play in the ACAC and CIS.”

Along with an impressive athletic resume, it is Tim’s experience that Hawkins believes will be most valuable when the team joins together to begin training in September. “Similar to last season, we have a young group of Outside Hitters on our roster. I think Tim can have a positive impact on those young athletes, along with returnees like Dax Whitehead, Kagen Kieftenbeld and Kevin Tait, on how to handle the demands of being an ACAC student-athlete. Though this will be Tim’s first year in the league, he can set the standard on how hard you need to work in practice and in the weight room”.

According to Taylor’s National Team coach, Dan Ilott, Tim will fit the identity that Hawkins is looking to establish with this program. “He is physically a great specimen right now, because he has a superb work ethic in the weight room and on the court. Tim is very coachable and has a really great attitude for the team and for himself. I wish all my guys had the same work ethic and the same internal and external focus. He will not let anyone down in these areas, guaranteed.”

When asked how being a part of the program will help his athletic career, Tim said “I believe Lethbridge can help me light the fire in my competitive drive and bring together all the area of skills which need improvement and help me grow as a player within an already close knit team.” In terms of why he chose Lethbridge College over a number of other ACAC programs that were recruiting him, Taylor compliments the LC admissions staff and advisors for helping him determine which academic program suited him best.