RED DEER- The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has announced Red Deer College as the host of the 2019 Men’s Volleyball National Championship.
Eight teams from five Canadian conferences will compete for gold from March 6 - 9.
“This men’s national championship is a tremendous opportunity for our College and our communities to come together to celebrate and support elite CCAA volleyball,” said Joel Ward, Red Deer College President & CEO. “With the strong and rich history of the RDC Kings, we are honoured to host the Men’s Volleyball Championship in our first year in the brand new, state-of-the art facility.”
The new Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which was a key component to the CCAA bid, will be open for classes starting in September of this year.
The facility will house modern teaching and learning spaces, along with athletic training and competition areas – including a performance gymnasium that has a 1,200 seat capacity.
The two-time defending CCAA gold medalists, the RDC Kings Volleyball team, will join other student-athletes from RDC Athletics when they begin training and competing in the new Centre in fall 2018.
With the new Centre, RDC Kings Volleyball Head Coach Aaron Schulha is looking forward to hosting the championship, which will feature some of the most talented volleyball players in Canada.
“It means a great deal to our program to be able to host the national championship next season,” said Schulha, the 2014 CCAA Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year. “Our crowds have always been fantastic, especially during the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships, and I expect them to be louder with the significantly increased seating capacity of the new competition gym, along with the excitement of being able to watch some of the best young volleyball players in the country. It is truly a tremendous opportunity, and one that we are very much looking forward to.”
The Kings have an impressive tradition with 13 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championships, but they have been unable to host the national tournament since 1987 because the facilities didn’t meet the criteria.
(Gary McKinnon - Red Deer College)
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