Lethbridge College Kodiaks charge into a new season

Sept. 13, 2016 – A new sports season is underway at Lethbridge College, where more than 120 student-athletes are set to call themselves Kodiaks. Competing in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), Kodiaks players are dedicated to achieving success in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field.

“It’s a culture of success,” says Todd Caughlin, manager of Kodiaks Athletics. “Coming into the 2016-17 season, Kodiaks Athletics has committed itself to improving the culture of the department and all of the sports within it. Athletics plays a very important role on campus, building community and pride in what Lethbridge College stands for. The student-athletes, coaches and administration are committed to that.”

Last year the Kodiaks earned more than 55 different provincial and national honours, including a silver-medal finish at nationals for the men’s cross-country team, a bronze-medal national finish for the women’s cross-country squad and a silver medal finish at provincials for the men’s soccer team.

In addition, Kodiaks Athletics continues to make academics a priority, with six student-athletes earning CCAA academic awards, 32 student-athletes receiving ACAC academic honours and over one-third of the student-athletes maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. Kodiaks Athletics is committed to maintaining this standard during the 2016-17 school year. The teams also plan to participate in community service activities throughout the upcoming school year, including organizing the annual Operation Warm Paws clothing drive in November.

“It was another great year for student-athletes in 2015-16, both on the court and in the classroom, and we are looking forward to 2016-17 being just as successful,” says Caughlin. “Two new volleyball coaches at the helm, a reloading from the basketball teams, strong recruiting classes for cross country and indoor track, and the soccer teams building on what they have already established lead to a high level of anticipation. Combine this with the college earning the bids to host the ACAC championships for both women’s basketball and indoor track, and it makes for the potential of 2016-17 being a very memorable season.”

Kodiaks soccer games are free for everyone. Lethbridge College students receive free admission to all basketball and volleyball home games by showing their student ID, while college employees can attend games for $3. Prices for the general public are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, youth and alumni. For more information on Kodiaks Athletics, including the 2015-16 game schedule, visit gokodiaks.ca.

Two fall sports are getting things going for the Kodiaks, as the men’s and women’s soccer teams opened their seasons over the weekend. Both are now on the road until Oct. 1. The cross-country season begins this weekend with races hosted by both St. Mary’s and SAIT, leading to the ACAC championships on Oct. 29 in Grande Prairie.