Edmonton, AB (February 25, 2019) – The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) is proud to announce Chris Wandler of the Red Deer College Queens has been named the ACAC Women's Volleyball South Coach of the Year.
Chris led the Queens (16-8) to second place in the south with 32 points. With his motivation and strong coaching ability, Chris inspired his group to a remarkable 15 wins in its last 18 conference matches, earning a spot in the ACAC Championship.
"With eight first year student-athletes on the Queens, Chris has worked hard to prepare and develop this young group throughout the ACAC season," says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. "He holds his players to high standards in competition, the classroom and in the community, reflecting the values of Red Deer College and RDC Athletics."
Chris has an extensive coaching resume. He was an assistant to Talbot Walton with the RDC Queens from 2003 to 2012, and then took on a head coaching role with the Olds College Broncos Women's Volleyball team from 2012 to 2016. He led the Broncos to an ACAC bronze medal in his third year. Then he took over as the head coach for the RDC Queens Volleyball team in 2016-17 and guided them to a pair of ACAC bronze medals in the last two years. In addition, he coached Team Alberta at the Western Canada Summer Games and the Canada Games, earning gold in 2013.
Chris is originally from Cold Lake, Alberta and teaches at Notre Dame High School in Red Deer.
Chris received the award at the 2019 ACAC Women's Volleyball Banquet & Award Presentations held on Wednesday, February 20 at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta.
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About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to foster the development of the student athlete through the administration and promotion of intercollegiate athletics as part of the educational experience and provide a leadership role in the development of sport in Alberta.
For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca
For additional information, contact:
Mark Kosak, ACAC
Chief Executive Officer
Diane St-Denis, Athletic Director
Red Deer College
Twitter: @acac_sport / #ACACWVB19