One of the finest volleyball players ever to don a Red Deer College Kings jersey is part of the latest class being inducted into the ACAC Hall of Fame.
The Alberta College Athletic Conference has announced Gavin Schmitt is the first of eight people to be inducted this year as part of the second ever ACAC Hall of Fame class. The first was a group of 50 builders, administrators, coaches and student-athletes, inducted in 2014.
The 6'10" Schmitt came to RDC following two years of CIS play at the University of Saskatchewan and most recently represented his country at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio, Brazil. That team placed fifth.
In his one year (2006-07) at RDC, he led the Kings to an ACAC banner, recording 43 kills in just nine sets of ACAC playoff action. The same squad then travelled to Nanaimo, BC where the Kings won the CCAA national title for the eighth consecutive year.
Schmitt was named MVP of that tournament to go with his ACAC All-Conference and CCAA All-Canadian nods.
He also holds the record for the most points in a match in South Korea's V-League, where he played for the Daejon Samsung Bluefangs, winning three straight national titles from 2010 to 2012. During one match in 2011-12, Schmitt recorded 58 points.
The 31-year-old currently plays professionally in Poland for Asseco Resovia Rzeszów.
The ACAC Hall of Fame class of 2017 will be inducted during a ceremony on May 13 in Calgary.
Gavin Schmitt, Red Deer College, Kings Volleyball
Keith Kadonaga, SAIT Trojans, Badminton
Karyn Kadonaga, SAIT Trojans, Badminton
Joe Voytechek, University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings, Men’s Hockey
Alvin Tietz, Lethbridge College Kodiaks, Men’s & Women’s Soccer
Murray McAuley, SAIT Trojans
Yvonne Becker, University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings
SAIT Trojans Men’s Hockey, 2006/07-2009/10
Red Deer College Kings Men’s Volleyball, 1999/00-2006/07
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