Providence job opportunity: Head Coach Men’s Soccer; Sports Camps & Recreation Coordinator

Providence University College (PUC) job opportunity: Head Coach Men’s Soccer; Sports Camps & Recreation Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of Athletics, the Head Coach for Men’s Soccer role is responsible for following the vision set by the Providence Athletics Department, recruiting a full roster, developing players with a focus on their spiritual and character development, the development of superior fundamental skills and technique, leadership skills, mental preparation, physical strength, and tactical theory. The coach will also be responsible for promoting and maintaining the Providence Athletic Departments culture of hard work, discipline, and pursuit of excellence.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Athletics, Partnerships, the Recreation & Sports Camp Coordinator role is responsible all recreational activity organization and sports camp administration. This includes the annual leadership and execution of Athletics sports camps and Fitness Center management. Additionally, provide leadership in the development and implementation of greater recreational activity options, awareness and engagement for all Providence students.

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PUC earns CCAA’s Community Service Award

Press release from CCAA

Providence University College (PUC), with its ‘Pilot Initiative’ program, has earned the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Community Service Award on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

The CCAA’s Community Service Award, presented annually since 2000, recognizes a member institution that has successfully developed and administered a community relations program.

“The ‘Pilot Initiative’ was such a great program to launch, especially as we transition out of the pandemic when our communities need to feel connected again,” said Joel Mrak, CCAA VP Safe Sport. “These student-athletes are gaining valuable training and life experience that will serve them, and their community, well in the future as they demonstrate that they are more than just an athlete.”

Scott Masterson, Director of Athletics at Providence, received the award at the CCAA Hall of Fame Banquet in Halifax, NS. Providence is the first institution from the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) to receive a CCAA member award.

The purpose of the ‘Pilot Initiative’ is to make an impact in local communities, while simultaneously teaching student-athletes the value of serving others.

“Providing opportunities for our athletes to get real-world, hands-on experience in serving others is a key foundation of our program,” said Masterson. “Servant leadership is something that our athletes will be able to bring with them to whatever communities they move to in the future, and we are grateful to have an opportunity to work together with our athletes to serve our local communities while they are part of our program.”

Providence begins by training and equipping its student-athletes on how to be leaders and how to serve. With internal training, they aim to build the “total athlete,” an initiative meant to develop other aspects outside of athletic ability.  

The ‘Pilot Initiative’ sends all 90+ Providence student-athletes out into local communities to impact, serve and build relationships. In total, the combined efforts of Providence student-athletes this past season added up to more than 2,000 hours of service in Southern Manitoba.

Some of the projects this past season included:

  • Refuel Events: An internal training program where Providence equips and trains its student-athletes before sending them out into the communities. The events include leadership training by in-house leadership director, ongoing small-group training for all team leaders, as well as having special speakers come to train and teach our athletes.
  • Bear Clan: Bear Clan is a non-profit that makes a massive difference in the rougher parts of Winnipeg by providing security, clean-up, and essential supplies. Bear Clan started as an initiative to help provide protection for the aboriginal communities. Providence sends various teams throughout the year to assist in Bear Clan’s initiatives in the inner city of Winnipeg.
  • Sports Clinics: Through a partnership with Niverville’s Community Resource and Recreational Centre, Providence Athletics offers sports clinics for local youth.
  • Youth Drop-ins: Student-athletes participate in local drop-ins where they build relationships and impact local youth.
  • Food Drives: Teams do food drives where they go to different neighborhoods and collect food donations. This food is then used by the local food banks to help the less fortunate.
  • Operation Christmas Child: All six varsity teams join the school community to build gifts for less fortunate children across the world.
  • Local Non-Profits: Teams volunteer regularly by providing manual labour hours at non-profits such as retirement homes, schools, churches and food banks.
  • Local Towns: Student-athletes volunteer for local township districts where they help with manual labour tasks such as raking leaves, shoveling snow and painting.

Official! MCAC officially voted in as full time members of CCAA

On June 14, 2022 morning, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) were officially voted in as full time members of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

MCAC competed for the first time at the CCAA National Championship events during the 2021-22 season in soccer and volleyball competition.

MCAC have been part of the CCAA for the last three years as a probationary member before full time membership was approved.

“The MCAC thanks the members of the CCAA for their support and confidence on our conference,” stated Shane Ray, MCAC. “Our student-athletes, coaches and members have worked very hard over the last number of years to make this happen. We are excited for the opportunities that this opens up to the MCAC and look forward to the future.”

Blazers Tai Linklater and Levi Klassen selected as inaugural 2021-22 Bill Wedlake True Sport Award winners

The True Sport awards recognize student-athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) is pleased to announce Tai Linklater – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers women’s soccer/futsal fullback player – and Levi Klassen – CMU Blazers men’s volleyball libero player –are the inaugural 2021-22 Bill Wedlake True Sport Award winners.

The True Sport awards recognize student-athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. These awards were established to recognize Bill Wedlake, the first Executive Director for the MCAC and his commitment to living the True Sport Principles with the MCAC. At the end of each season, two student-athletes receive a $250 award.

CMU’s Director of Athletics Cara Isaak discussed both award winners, “Tai is very active on campus and is a member of student council. She plans group bike rides for students and sustainability events. She volunteers with Special Olympics and encourages her teammates to get into coaching to give back. Levi is his team’s representative with the varsity athletes council (athlete leadership group that coordinates activities and advises staff on athlete issues). Last semester, Levi led the volleyball team in collecting winter clothing at home games to be donated to the Main Street project. He is especially good at including and welcoming everyone in sport.”

The True Sport seven principles are: Go For It; Play Fair; Respect Others; Keep It Fun; Stay Healthy; Include Everyone; Give Back.

Linklater commented: “Being a well-rounded person is important in sport because it helps you develop good relationships. Pushing yourself to be better and encouraging other is more important than winning. There are a lot of people watching you when you play sports and it is important to be good role models. These principles go beyond sport and are important to our community.”

Klassen stated: “It is important that athletes and those supporting them embody values that make sport about more than self-contained competition, and instead, see it as something that is generative in the lives of both the athletes and those who watch them. This is why values like those embodied in the True Sport Pillars are so important; they encourage athletes to grow in their athletic environments in a way that helps them to look beyond themselves, broaden the scope of what they consider to be important, and ultimately, learn to work against the underlying forces that can make athletic competition a destructive force in society. At its most ideal, sport can be one of the most creative spaces for people to explore the kind of person that they want to be, so it is great that in the MCAC, there is growing recognition for those who pursue that.”

Les Rouges Brielle Grenier is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022

For the first time ever, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) had a representative at the women’s volleyball Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship. The 2021-22 MCAC champion Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges played well in the 2022 Nationals and fifth year middle Brielle Grenier was a big factor and was recognized as MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022.

Les Rouges entered the championship as the eighth seed and after losing to the top seed Douglas Royals on day one, USB registered a comeback 3-1 win on Saturday, Mar. 26 over Holland Hurricanes to advance to the bronze semi final match against Red Deer Queens and lost to eventual third place team on Sunday, Mar. 27.

Grenier was named Player of the Match for Les Rouges in the first match and overall produced 17 kills (hitting efficiency of .330) along with six blocks and three service access throughout the weekend. In the historic win for the program on day two, the Morris, MB native added nine kills and three digs with two service aces.

USB’s head coach Evan Turenne said, “In her fifth and final season of eligibility, Brielle got to finish her college career with a successful showing on the national stage. She was not intimidated by size of the opposition and effective as always as an attacker.”

Grenier was a co-captain and MCAC 2021-22 Female Athlete of the Week winner twice this season as she was also selected on Week 11 (for the week ending Nov. 21, 2021).

Turenne continued, “It was great to see her finish on such a positive note, playing with confidence and contributing on both sides of the ball. Brielle is a game changer. She commanded respect and drew a lot of attention from opposing blockers from the best teams in the country. She accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion. She will be so incredibly difficult to replace on our team.”

The Arts student-athlete at USB was also selected to 2021-22 MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov. 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov. 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov. 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov. 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC

Week 13 (ending Dec. 5, 2021)

WBB: Julia Schatkowsky – CMU

MVB: Carter Beattie – ACC

Week 14 (ending Jan. 30, 2022)

WVB: Maddie Fehr – PUC

MVB: Nick Friesen – PUC

Week 15 (ending Feb. 6, 2022)

WFUT: Tiegan Kroeker – CMU

MBB: Joshua Armstrong – PUC

Week 16 (ending Feb. 13, 2022)

WVB: Valeria Gonzalez – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 17 (ending Feb. 20, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MBB: Seth McKenzie – CMU

Week 18 (ending Feb. 27, 2022)

WVB: Jenna Campbell – USB

MBB: TJ Paguirigan – USB

Week 19 (ending Mar. 6, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 20 (ending Mar. 13, 2022)

WFUT: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MFUT: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 21 (ending Mar. 27, 2022)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Levi Klassen – CMU