The RDC Kings Volleyball dynasty and one of its star players are now enshrined in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Hall of Fame.
The Kings teams who won a record eight-straight national titles from 1999-2000 to 2006-2007 were honoured in the Team category.
“The commitment to excellence across all the ACAC institutions created wonderful competition that really did prepare us for national championships,” said Keith Hansen, head coach for seven of the national championships. “I think a lot of our successes had to do with being pushed by other colleges and the great programs they ran. This league is definitely one we can be proud of.”
Gavin Schmitt, a pivotal part of the Kings winning their eighth consecutive championship title, was honoured in the Player category.
During his time at RDC, Schmitt led the Kings in kills and kills per game, and “he hit the last ball to win the national title during our eight-in-a-row run,” Hansen says. Schmitt was recognized as an ACAC All Star and a CCAA All-Canadian, as well as the CCAA National Championship MVP that season.
From 2007 to 2016, Schmitt played with the Canadian Men’s Volleyball Team and was instrumental in helping to build the program into a top 10 team in the world. He has also spent the past 10 years playing professional volleyball in top leagues, including Korea, Turkey, Russia, Brazil and Poland.
“We have so much to be proud of with our history, and such an exciting future with our current and upcoming student-athletes,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “As our programs grow and evolve, we will continue to instill the values of hard work, commitment and community contributions that will help our student-athletes during their time at RDC and throughout their future lives and careers.”
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