Whitty a sharp choice as CCAA Coach of the Year

March 16, 2016 – Josh Whitty of the Holland Hurricanes has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

Whitty received the award this evening at the 2016 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship banquet, hosted by Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB.

He guided the Hurricanes to a dominating first-place finish in the ACAA with a 20-1 record. Holland enters Nationals as the No. 3 seed.

“Josh has been instrumental in transforming Holland College into one of the elite Men’s Basketball teams in the CCAA,” said David Munro, CCAA VP Sport Development. “He’s an excellent choice and very deserving of this great honour.” 

Whitty is also strong advocate for student-athletes and their commitment to academics. Last season, six of his players received the CCAA National Scholar Award. 

“In addition to the on-court success, Whitty expects the team to have the same commitment in the classroom and he encourages players to be involved with the community as well,” said Munro.

Whitty has coached at many levels provincially and he has also conducted numerous sessions for basketball teams during his tenure as head coach at Holland.

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

OTHER NOMINEES

Matt Kuzminski   Ryan Heggie   Jim Flack   Daniel Martin
     
VIU Mariners   Lethbridge Kodiaks   Sheridan Bruins   Saint-Lambert Cavaliers
Despite having only five returning players from last year’s CCAA silver-medal winning squad, Kuzminski led the Mariners to a first-place finish in the PACWEST with a perfect 21-0 record. His preparation and hard work make him a great role model for his players. Kuzminski ensures his student-athletes achieve athletic success by holding mandatory study hall, commutating with professors and enforcing academic standards. He also runs Jr. Mariners and Youth Hoops programs that provide opportunities for young players to learn the game.   Heggie guided the Kodiaks to a 15-6 record and a tie for second place in the ACAC’s South Division despite losing several members from last year’s ACAC Championship team. The Lethbridge bench boss believes in unselfish execution of offensive and defensive principles. Heggie is the lead conductor of all Kodiaks Summer Camps and also runs his own position-specific camps geared toward advanced training for all levels.   Sheridan improved by 16 points in 2015-16, as Flack led the Bruins to a 15-3 record and first-place finish in the OCAA’s competitive West Division. He provides mentorship to his student-athletes in determining proper career paths based on their skills and ambitions. Flack runs Summer Camps for children ages 7-14 and offers tutelage to young coaches that are beginning their careers in local youth clubs. He has also written and self-published a book on defensive systems.   Martin led the Cavaliers to an 11-3 record and a tie for first place in the RSEQ regular season. The largest area of improvement at Saint-Lambert has been off the court, where his student-athletes have demonstrated their growth as leaders under Martin’s influence. He also assists his players with nutrition and mental training as well as life planning and decision making. Martin, who continues to work tirelessly to obtain more certification, also coaches a high school juvenile team.

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