Cambrian College’s varsity athletes will be facing new foes in the OCAA western division, and in many cases, the teams will be under new leadership as the Golden Shield has brought in number of talented new coaches.
"We’re expecting a lot of new faces to join us this year," said Tim Yu, Athletics Coordinator at Cambrian. "We have added Tom Sutton as the new men’s volleyball coach, who brings coaching experience from the OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletics Association) and the high school level through work with Collége Borèal and the Lo-Ellen Knights." Yu noted that Cambrian’s women’s volleyball team is in a rebuilding year under veteran coach Dale Beausoleil after many star players graduated in the spring, including CCAA Overall Kills Leader, Shawna Metcalf.
The men’s basketball team will be headed up by former Loyalist coach, Richard Whitfield, who is new to the bench at Cambrian. Yu explained that Whitfield is "setting the bar high," vying for a national basketball championship within three years. The women’s basketball team is entering its second year in the OCAA under head coach Bruce Cowtan. Yu said Cowtan is aiming to place among the top four teams of the west division.
"In women’s soccer, we’re pleased to welcome Dayna Corelli as our new assistant coach," Yu continued. "Dayna is with us thanks to a national coaching mentorship program. She’ll be working under Master Coach Guiseppe Politi, who is head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer teams. We’re also expecting some high-calibre female players to join our ranks, but we won’t know how our teams will shape up until after tryouts are finished in September." The men’s soccer team finished in the top four of the eastern division last season, and Yu said that they will rally for the same spot, or better, in the west division during the upcoming season.
In cross-country running, former Golden Shield athletes Eric Leishman and Leigh Peacock are taking over the coaching duties after Megan Juuti stepped down. Leishman took silver at nationals last year as a member of Team Ontario. Peacock was a member of the women’s team, but was hindered by a stress fracture in her leg last fall.
The badminton team is planning to improve on last year’s performance by adding provincial medals to their list of achievements. Yu expects that it will be a rebuilding year where the veterans’ experience will provide excellent leadership to new team members.
Veteran Golden Shield athletes will be facing new challenges because Cambrian was reassigned to the west division by the OCAA. "We’ll be meeting a whole new set of athletes and playing against some coaches that we have never seen before, but with all of this new blood, many of our athletes and coaches won’t notice the change," Yu mused.
Golden Shield games will once again be broadcast on Eastlink TV (channel 10), and Yu is inviting everyone to warm the benches in the bleachers, or line the running trails over the course of the season. "Watching the games up close is every bit as exciting as watching pro athletes on television," Yu explained. "Our athletes put everything into their matches and races, and they feed off the energy from a good crowd." Game schedules and information about joining the Golden Shield can be found on Cambrian’s Varsity Athletics website at www.caa.cambrianstudentlife.com.
2012-13 Varsity Highlights
• Women’s volleyball team placed 2nd in the OCAA East Division and took bronze at the OCAA provincial championships
• Cross-country runner Eric Leishman won silver at the CCAA national championship as a member of Team Ontario
• Men’s soccer team placed 4th in the OCAA East Division
• Badminton athletes earned 5 regional championship medals and qualified 7 individuals for the provincial championship
• Star volleyball player Shawna Metcalf was named:
• OCAA East Division scoring champion
• OCAA overall kills leader
• OCAA overall offensive points record holder
• OCAA most kills in a season record holder
• CCAA overall kills leader
2012-13 Varsity Highlights (Continued)
• 10 athletes were named League All Stars
• 50 athletes received the OCAA All Academic Award
• 5 athletes received the CCAA Academic All Canadian Award
• 5 Sudbury House of Kin Sports Award winners
• 2 OCAA Hall of Fame inductees
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