The long-time head coach for Red Deer College Queens Volleyball is stepping down.
Medical reasons are forcing Talbot Walton to take a leave of absence from his coaching position.
"I was diagnosed with PSC [primary sclerosing cholangitis], a bile duct disease, in 2000,” Walton
explained in a statement. "Due to the progressive nature of my condition, I need to step away from coaching to better take care of my health."
Talbot started as Queens Volleyball coach in 2000, guiding the team to four ACAC provincial championships and CCAA national titles in 2014 and 2015. Walton is a five-time ACAC and one-time CCAA Coach of the Year. Talbot will stay on as a full-time Kinesiology and Sport Studies instructor at RDC.
"We will continue to support Coach Talbot as he’s addressing what he needs to at this time, and we look forward to him resuming his coaching role in the future," says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director.
Chris Wandler will take over as Queens Volleyball coach starting July 1. A teacher at Notre Dame in Red Deer, Wandler has been head coach for the Olds College Broncos women's volleyball team since 2011. Wandler also spent time as an assistant coach with the Queens under Walton.
"I’m looking forward to the opportunity to take on the head coach role for the Queens," Wandler says. "Coming back to RDC Athletics feels like a natural fit for me, and I’m also looking forward to coming back to the community, because I’ve lived in Red Deer for 16 years, and it will be exciting to take on this new role in my home town.”
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