Men’s Volleyball Signs Three
April 20, 2017 - Heading into his second season as head coach of the Kodiaks men’s volleyball program, Greg Gibos is excited to announce three key signings to kick off the 2017-18 recruiting season.
Last week, Gibos secured commitments from a pair of stand-out southern Alberta athletes. After finishing stellar high school careers with the Eagle Butte High School Talons, Cole Mack and Hayden Klaiber will make the move west on Highway 3 and suit up for the Kodiaks next season.
Gibos is also thrilled to announce the commitment of Connor Compton, who will be transferring from Olds College. Compton is a versatile 6’7 player that displayed flashes of dominance in the ACAC last season and will instantly help the Kodiaks as they seek a return to the ACAC conference tournament in 2018.
Read more about each recruit below as we welcome them to Kodiaks Country!
Cole is a 6'2 setter who has been an effective multi-sport athlete throughout his high school career. He shined throughout his senior season, being named league MVP in the Southeast Region this past year. Cole will bring a physical presence to the net, as well as positive, calming presence while on the floor. He is strong physically and will only continue developing into a consistent setter and leader.
Kodiaks head coach Greg Gibos added "One of the biggest things we are looking for in our program is quality leaders, teammates and people. I know we got a great person coming in with Cole.”
“His physical tools are obvious but to us they are secondary. I am very excited to see how he helps volleyball grow within our program and all of Southern Alberta."
Cole will be entering the Physical Education and Leadership program and learn skills which he will put towards a Degree in Education. When asked about coming to Lethbridge College next season, Cole stated "I've always dreamed of playing post-secondary volleyball. I'm thrilled to continue that dream and become part of the Kodiaks volleyball program."
Welcome to the Kodiaks family Cole!
The Kodiaks are also proud to add another elite Southern Alberta prospect from Eagle Butte High School in the form of Hayden Klaiber. Hayden is a 6'1 left side and is well known for his excellent ball control as well as a strong presence at the net. Hayden was named a Southeast First Team All-Star last season.
"We really wanted to add another athlete who brings a strong first contact," said Kodiaks head coach Greg Gibos. "Hayden is one of the premier passers in the province, and we know he will help stabilize us on the floor."
“Hayden's biggest attribute, however, is the quality of person, and leader he is. Hayden's just a great guy who is really joining to help shape the culture we want in our program. Hayden also has a really high contact point - and I'm excited to see what he accomplish at the net at the ACAC level."
Hayden joins the Kodiaks from the successful Eagle Butte Talon volleyball program, who were consistently one of the top teams provincially at the 3A level. Hayden is currently playing for the U18 MHVC Tropics where he continues to grow and develop.
"Hayden just finds ways to push his team to the next level and win" adds Gibos.
Klaiber is excited to be joining a dynamic Kodiaks team, and looking forward to the challenge of playing collegiate volleyball.
"I'm excited to start a new chapter in my life with a great group of guys that will push me to be the best player that I can be" said Klaiber.
The Kodiaks are also thrilled to announce the commitment of college transfer student Connor Compton from Olds College. Connor is dominant 6'7 athlete who has the unique ability to play multiple positions on the floor.
"He's really a Swiss Army knife on the court" says Gibos "We are so excited and humbled that Connor chose our program to continue his athlete development at the collegiate level. We certainly noticed him last season where he grew and developed over the ACAC Season."
Connor is originally from Crescent Heights School in Calgary, Alberta. He has proven he has the ability to make an impact every time he's on the floor with his presence and attitude. When asked about joining the Kodiaks, Connor stated "I'm excited to a part of an elite program in Lethbridge College. I'm looking forward to the getting in the gym with the boys and learning the game from some of the ACAC's top players. I think I can bring a competitive advantage to the team, and physicality at the net. I can't wait to get going this fall!"
We are looking forward to watching Connor push the Kodiaks to the next level in the 2017/2018 season.