Tietz headed to the ACAC Sports Hall of Fame

The Lethbridge College Kodiaks would like to congratulate former soccer coach Alvin Tietz on the announcement he will be inducted into the ACAC Hall of Fame Class of 2017 later this spring. 

Tietz was instrumental in building the Kodiaks soccer program, spending 11 years coaching the Kodiaks. His coaching career was highlighted by winning a CCAA Gold Medal with the Kodiaks women's team in 1995, which remains the only CCAA Gold Medal in Kodiaks soccer program history. Tietz continues to be a huge supporter of Kodiaks Athletics, making numerous contributions to student awards each year.

From all of us in Kodiaks Country, congratulations on this well deserved honour Alvin! 

Read more about Alvin's induction into the ACAC Hall of Fame in the article below.

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ACAC Class of 2017: Alvin Tietz

The following article was written by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips.

In celebration of its 50th season of competition, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) held its inaugural ACAC Hall of Fame selection and ceremony in 2014 with induction of 50 individuals within the categories of builders and administrators, coaches and student-athletes.

In this the second installment, a total of eight inductees will be named with a Class of 2017 ceremony scheduled for May 13, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta.

Coach Category - Alvin Tietz, Lethbridge College Kodiak Men's and Women's Soccer

For nearly 60 years, the name of Alvin Tietz has held prominence within the Lethbridge, Alberta soccer community.

According to the Lethbridge Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in the Athlete Category in 1989 for soccer and broomball, Tietz was a star soccer player in high school and senior men's, " known for his banana kick" while participating in the Western Canada Molson Cup, Ritchie Paterson Cup, Frank Miles Memorial Trophy and the Alberta Soccer Association Cup.

He would later join the Class of 1997 as a coach for the 1994 Lethbridge College Kodiak women's soccer Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national champion and again in 2016 as a member the 1963 Western Canadian soccer champions Lethbridge Hungaria.

Tietz, now 76 years-of-age, coached Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) soccer for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks from 1985 – 1996 with the first eight years guiding the men's team and after a one-year hiatus, three years with the women's side.

During his 11-year tenure with the Kodiaks, he would be named ACAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year twice and ACAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year once.

In 1994-95 the Kodiaks women's soccer team would win ACAC gold by defeating the MacEwan Griffins 4-0.

It was the Kodiaks first year in ACAC women's soccer with the conference having expanded from four to seven participating schools.

The Kodiaks would advance to the 1994-1995 CCAA Women's Soccer national championships held in Abbotsford, British Columbia and hosted by the University College of the Fraser Valley, winning gold by shutting out Langara College 1-0.

To date, it is the Kodiaks, men or women, only CCAA soccer gold.

Tietz also officiated soccer until the age of 72 and his legacy with the college remains, as the Tietz/Petersen Scholarship Fund is awarded annually and supplies financial aid to a total of six Kodiaks athletes from the women's and men's soccer teams.

Of the ACAC Hall of Fame recognition Tietz replied: "It is awesome. I really didn't know that the (ACAC) had a Hall of Fame. But to be honoured like this is just amazing.

"I grew up with this game of soccer and to be recognized for something you love is amazing."