Ken Briggs is the Canada West women’s volleyball coach of the year (photo by Robert Antoniuk).
Women’s volleyball Coach Ken Briggs is MacEwan’s first recipient of a Canada West coach of the year award.
After guiding his team to a 17-7 record to qualify for the first Canada West playoff spot in Griffins women’s volleyball history, Ken was selected by his peers as the conference’s women’s volleyball coach of the year.
“It’s a tremendous honour for the institution and a testament to all the hard work of the student-athletes and coaching staff,” said Ken Schildroth, MacEwan’s director of Athletics. “We’re really proud of their accomplishments and Ken’s ability to motivate those young athletes to higher levels.”
Associate Coach Nicole Ban couldn’t be happier to see Ken receive this recognition. “He’s one of the hardest-working coaches, and I’m really proud of what he’s done and the growth that he’s made since we’ve joined Canada West.”
After missing the playoffs on the wrong end of a three-way tiebreaker with a 12-12 record last year, the Griffins improved by five wins in 2019/20 to finish fourth in Canada West and earn the right to host a best-of-three quarter-final series. Although they lost to Thompson Rivers University in the opening round, the Griffins’ season was groundbreaking for the program on many levels.
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“Ken works just as hard every single season,” says Nicole. “But our athletes succeeding and excelling on the court allowed Canada West and the other coaches who voted him in to recognize that we did have something truly special.”
Ken has been the women’s volleyball head coach for 18 seasons; six of those in Canada West. The Griffins have been trending upward under Briggs, going from four wins in 2017/18 to 17 in 2019/20.
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