June 02, 2015 - 11:16 AM
KAMLOOPS - The latest recruit for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team shouldn’t have any trouble fitting in with his new team.
Jadon Ward of Vernon has agreed to join the Canada West team beginning in September. The 6’8” middle will come to TRU to take courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology.
When he steps onto the court he will be joined by three players he is familiar with along with head coach Pat Hennelly. Hennelly coached Ward along with Brad Gunter (Courtenay), Graham Stoliker (Surrey) and Nic Balasz (Prince George) with Team B.C. at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games which were held at the Tournament Capital Centre, the home court of the ‘Pack.
“There were many highlights from my time with Pat, Brad, Nic and Graham,” says the 21 year old Ward, a graduate of W.L. Seaton Secondary. “What I remember the most was the passion and intensity they brought to the game.”
While Gunter and Balasz came to TRU right after Team B.C., Stoliker followed a year later after playing at Douglas College. Ward spent three seasons with the Columbia Bible College Bearcats (PACWEST.)
“The CIS and Canada West is a completely different level of play from the CCAA and PACWEST,” Ward states. “In short, everyone is stronger, taller and faster. I believe it will take me around a semester just to adjust to the speed of play. “I also am anticipating a change in mentality from the ‘big-kill” attitude in college to the calculated ‘smart-shot’ play of the CIS.”
Ward is looking forward to becoming involved in the many community endeavours that the WolfPack are involved with.
“I believe that as we go about our lives we often forget we have an audience, regardless of what we are doing. Playing in an environment such as that at TRU will be a good reminder that, as in all areas of our lives, people are watching and what we do and the way we live life matters.”
He joins fellow WolfPack recruits: Kyle Behiels , 6’8”, middle, Edmonton, AB/Jasper Place Secondary-Team Alberta/Nooks), Sam Taylor Parks (6’7” middle, Kelowna/Kelowna Secondary-Team B.C./Kelowna Klutch), Charlie Bringloe (6’6”,outside hitter, Waterloo, ON/Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary-Team Ontario/London VBC), Tristan Dexter (6’5” left side, Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey Composite/FOG U17 Black), and Josh Mullaney (6’8”, outside, Calgary, AB/Centennial Secondary/Team Alberta/Elite West.
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