Red Deer College and RDC Athletics are thrilled to announce the appointment of Darren Graham as the head coach of the Kings Basketball program. Graham brings Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) coaching and playing experience to the College, including two seasons in a Kings uniform, from 1996-98.The past four seasons, Graham was an assistant coach with the Concordia University Thunder, who play in the ACAC Men's Basketball North Division.
The Red Deer College Cross Country Running team will be hosting an identification and prospects camp from July 25 to 27 on RDC's Main Campus.This camp is open to athletes who are 13 years of age and older, or who are entering grade 9 in the fall, and want to expand their running skills and knowledge. Additionally, a 5 km race will occur for the registrants and those who want to try out for the 2019-20 RDC Cross Country Running team.
Red Deer College and RDC Athletics are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Botham as the head coach of the Queens Basketball program. The past two seasons, Botham was the head coach of the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Wolves, who play in the ACAC Women’s Basketball North Division.
Brock Davidiuk, who led the Red Deer Kings to back-to-back National Championships in Canadian Collegiate Athletic Assocation (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball, will be inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame in the Athlete Category on June 11 in Calgary.
Cor Ouwerkerk, who excelled as a coach in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) over five decades, will be inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Hall of Fame in the Coach Category.
After careful evaluation and deliberation, Red Deer College has decided to suspend the Golf program indefinitely.
Tight budgetary constraints made the continued operation of the team difficult and unfeasible in light of several factors.
It was another impressive year in RDC Athletics and the student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and supporters were recognized at the 2019 RDC Athletics Awards Night, held on Tuesday evening at the RDC Arts Centre.
During 2018-19, RDC Athletics picked up another 26 medals. Red Deer College teams won 10 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and three Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) medals. RDC student-athletes added 11 ACAC individual medals and were recognized with 23 ACAC awards. At the CCAA level, two individual medals and eight awards were earned. Kari Elliott (Cross Country Running), Scott Bergdahl (Golf), Brad Hamilton (Curling) and Chris Wandler (Queens Volleyball) were honoured as ACAC Coach of the Year.
Former Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) President Allan Ferchuk will be inducted into the CCAA Hall of Fame in the Builder Category. Ferchuk was the Athletic Director at Red Deer College for 18 years and coached its Men’s Hockey team in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) for 14 seasons.
As Olympic curler Cheryl Bernard shared her inspirational message to RDC student-athletes and community members about the power of choice and writing one’s own story, two student-athletes were celebrated for their leadership and contributions throughout 2018-19 at the 16th Annual Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast on Tuesday. Shae Best, of Queens Basketball, and Spencer Klassen, from Kings Basketball, were announced as this year’s recipients of the Nexus Energy Technologies Student-Athlete Leadership Awards. Best and Klassen demonstrated leadership qualities on their teams, within Red Deer College and throughout central Alberta communities.
While Cheryl Bernard has spent less time on the ice since retiring from competitive curling, she still remains involved in sports and communities across the nation. As the President & CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, curling broadcaster on TSN and volunteer, she still finds time to take on keynote speaking roles at numerous events throughout the year. The successful Canadian curler and compelling leader is looking forward to sharing her message about creating one’s path in life with College student-athletes and central Albertans who attend RDC’s 16th Annual Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast on April 9.
Two players on the RDC Kings received special recognition on Friday, March 22 for their outstanding play during the 2018-19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey season. Tanner Butler was named the ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year and a member of the First All-Conference team. Chase Thudium was also selected to the ACAC Men’s Hockey First All-Conference team. The gifted student-athletes helped guide the RDC Kings (19-7-1-1) to third place in the standings.
After the RDC Kings and MacEwan University Griffins split the first two games of the semi-final in overtime, and had identical regular season records (19-7-1-1), it was no surprise that the third and final game of the series needed extra time.
After two days of running, the SAIT Trojans men and MacEwan Griffins women stood at the top of the team standings at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships. The Red Deer College Queens earned silver and the Kings won bronze, and RDC runners impressively added four more ACAC medals.
The Red Deer College Kings hit the ice at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre knowing they had to win to continue the best of three semi-final against the MacEwan University Griffins, and ultimately their season. After the two first periods were tight, the Kings started to take control in the third period and used that momentum to down the Griffins 1-0 in overtime. The home victory evened the semi-final at one game apiece, sending the series back to Edmonton for a third and final contest.
The visiting Red Deer College Kings had an energetic start to game one of the best of three semi-final against the MacEwan University Griffins, skating out to a three goal lead. The Griffins chipped away at the deficit and eventually downed the Kings 4-3 in double overtime.
This week the Red Deer College Kings Hockey team will compete against the MacEwan University Griffins in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey semi-final. The RDC Indoor Track team will race at the ACAC Championships over two days in Calgary.
Led by a pair of goals from all-star defenceman Tanner Butler, the Kings took an early lead in game two of the best of three quarter-final against the host Concordia University Thunder, and never relented, downing the home team 6-1 to advance to the semi-final.
The atmosphere at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre during the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Mens' Volleyball National Championship final was simply electric. The host Red Deer College Kings had the majority of fans behind them in the sold out facility, but unfortunately the visiting Fanshawe Falcons took the final bow. The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Champion Falcons continued their undefeated play in the regular season, OCAA playoffs and CCAA National Championship in Red Deer. They were strong from the service line and limited their errors en route to a four set gold medal win over the host Red Deer College Kings (25-12, 25-13, 22-25 and 25-23).
In the semi-final match, Lacombe's Mark DeWit powered the Red Deer College Kings over the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners in three sets (25-23, 25-20 and 26-24), advancing to the national championship final against the Fanshawe Falcons on Saturday.
The RDC Kings celebrated a decisive win at home on Friday as they began a best of three quarter-final series against the Concordia University Thunder this weekend. On the strength of 20 save shutout performance from Troy Trombley, the Kings blanked the Thunder 5-0, taking a one game lead in the best of three series.
The two most winning collegiate men's volleyball programs went head-to-head to kick off their national championship journey, and the home team came out on top. Backed by a 12 kill performance from RDC middle Adam Turlejski, the host Red Deer College Kings downed the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Champion Limoilou Titans, in three sets (25-11, 25-21 and 25-22). Energized by the home crowd, the Kings played perhaps their best match all season.
Regan Fathers added two more prestigious awards to his resume on Wednesday, March 6 at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship Banquet & Awards. The fifth-year from East Fremantle, Western Australia was named the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year and an All-Canadian.
This week, the Red Deer College Kings Volleyball team will host the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Volleyball National Championship at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre from March 7 to 9. The Hockey Kings will open the quarter-final against the Concordia University Thunder.
After wrapping up the regular season with eight wins in their past ten games, the Red Deer College Kings (19-7-1-1) will enter the quarter-final against the Concordia University Thunder (7-19-1-1) with momentum. On Friday, March 8, the best of three quarter-final will open at 7:00 p.m. at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Seven of the top men’s volleyball teams from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) will soon arrive in Red Deer and join the RDC Kings, as they compete for national gold at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre from March 7 to 9.