Hertzog named CCAA Coach of the Year

Hertzog named CCAA Coach of the Year

Andrew Hertzog of the Vanier Cheetahs has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

He received the award at the 2019 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship banquet, hosted by Langara College in Langley, BC.

Hertzog guided the Cheetahs to a 16-0 record and first-overall finish in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). Vanier completed the perfect season by defeating the Nomades de Montmorency in the RSEQ Championship final.

“Andrew has been coaching at a high level for a long time and he has produced many outstanding players through the years,” said David Munro, CCAA VP Programs. “This was a tremendous season for Hertzog and Vanier; going undefeated in a very competitive RSEQ is a significant feat.”

Hertzog knows what it takes to get to CCAA Nationals, and the Cheetahs will be a team to watch this week in Langley, BC. He led Vanier to gold at the 2011 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in Oshawa, ON. The Cheetahs also qualified for CCAA Nationals in 2014, the last time the event was hosted in British Columbia.

He believes in personal development for his student-athletes. His players have weekly video sessions and often do Yoga sessions to properly stretch their bodies out.

Hertzog, who owns his own law firm, is also the current President of the Vanier College Foundation.

“It’s always incredible to have a coach like Andrew, who puts so much time and passion into his program and his players,” said Mai-Anh Nguyen, Athletics Coordinator at Vanier College. “We are grateful for his 30-plus years of service as a head coach and are extremely proud and happy that he is the RSEQ and CCAA Coach of the Year.”

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

Joe
Enevoldson

 

Reagan
Wood

 

Jay
McNeilly

 

Josh
Whitty

     

Douglas Royals

 

Concordia Thunder

 

Seneca Sting

 

Holland Hurricanes

Enevoldson led the Royals to a 12-6 record and second-place finish in the PACWEST. He continually strives to develop quality student-athletes and the best post-secondary program in the country. Enevoldson leads the Men’s Basketball Study Hall at Douglas and works with the Royals Academic Strategist to ensure all players are receiving the support they need. As Manager of Boys High Performance and Technical Director at Basketball BC, he is responsible for long-term athlete development. Enevoldson is also involved with the Canada Basketball coaching development program.

 

Wood guided the Thunder to a 20-4 record and first-place finish in the ACAC North Division. He has built a first-class program at Concordia that is continually a championship contender. Wood’s goal is to develop young men into sound decision makers who are constantly in pursuit of self-improvement on and off the court. As the director of Coach Education at the Alberta Basketball Association, he organizes NCCP basketball activities in Alberta. Wood hosted a summer skills camp for Edmonton Youth Basketball and a coaching clinic for Sherwood Park Basketball.

 

McNeilly led the Sting to a 17-3 record and first-place finish in the OCAA East Division. He helps foster a love for the game that supports his student-athletes’ continued development and progress in the sport for years after they have left the program. McNeilly is honest and fair in his communication and always puts his players’ best interests first. He is all about developing well-rounded individuals who are responsible, caring and constructive members of society. McNeilly also works with Triple Balance Youth Basketball and the Canadian Youth Basketball League.

 

Whitty guided the Hurricanes to a perfect 21-0 record and first-place finish in the ACAA. Whitty is an extremely dedicated and focused coach who continues to achieve success year after year at Holland. He combines technical ability with keen strategy to optimize team potential and on-court results. Whitty is a father figure to many of his student-athletes and plays an active role in their lives on and off the court. He is tremendously involved in youth development with Basketball PEI, running camps and coaching several teams.