MacAlpine named CCAA Coach of the Year

MacAlpine named CCAA Coach of the Year

Kevin MacAlpine of the Concordia Thunder has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Badminton Coach of the Year.

He received the award this evening at the 2017 CCAA Badminton National Championships banquet, hosted by Seneca College in Toronto, ON.

“Kevin has been part of the Concordia University of Edmonton badminton program for 16 years, and this season he achieved excellent results while continuing to grow the program and challenge Nationally,” said David Munro, CCAA VP Sport Development.

MacAlpine, who was also named the CCAA Coach of the Year in 2011, was once a student-athletes at Concordia before joining the coaching staff, first as an assistant and then as the head coach in 2009.

Despite recently losing key veterans, Concordia has managed to bring in new young blood and the team has remained competitive without missing a beat. The Thunder are a deep team and have closed the gap considerably with perennial ACAC powerhouse NAIT.

Concordia competed in the Honolulu Badminton Open in January with many great results, including winning the women’s singles and doubles categories.

MacAlpine has done an outstanding job of managing student-athletes with various skill levels. Some have competed well at the National level and participated in the Pan Am Games. Others are fresh out of high school and have had very little coaching in the past.

MacAlpine, who is a high school teacher, also prides himself in having one-on-one conversations with his student-athletes to ensure they are on the right track academically.

“Kevin exemplifies the qualities expected of great coaches and puts a strong emphasis on academic performance while pushing his athletes to be their very best,” said Munro.

MacAlpine has been heavily involved with the Alberta Winter Games, coaching the Zone 5 team since 2004. In addition to coaching his high school team, he is also in the last year of his four-year term as ASSA Badminton Commissioner.

CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.

For a full list of this year’s award recipients, visit the official site of the 2017 CCAA Badminton National Championships.

OTHER NOMINEES

 

Mason Shantz

 

Richard Bennicke

 
     
 

Conestoga Condors

 

Dalhousie Rams

 
 

Shantz guided four of his student-athletes in three different disciplines to berths at the OCAA Badminton Championships. Conestoga’s consistent play in five Invitational events earned them a CCAA National Ranking. This season, Shantz focused more on strength and conditioning. A local high school teacher, Shantz has helped several of his student-athletes with studying for exams and tutoring as needed. He is also actively involved with coaching at the high school level.

  Bennicke led the Rams to an overall record of 107 wins and 90 losses this season, a year removed from a 36-109 record in the ACAA. He routinely brought in outside players of higher abilities to challenge and keep his players from getting too use to individual styles of play. Thus, the overall competitiveness of the team improved tremendously. Bennicke is a board member of Badminton Nova Scotia and is the lead organizer for two different community clubs. In addition, he coaches two high school teams.