The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Kari Elliott, Head Coach of Red Deer College's Cross-Country team, has been selected by her coaching peers as the 2016-17 Coach of the Year. The award was presented to Coach Elliott on October 29 at the ACAC Cross-Country Championship at Grand Prairie Regional College.
Elliott is honoured to receive this award, and she credits the strength of her coaching staff as a huge part in the team's success. "I couldn't have done this without my assistant coaches Jody Nesbitt, Steph Flieler and Courtney Long," she says. "I work with a truly great coaching team."
The RDC runners had an exceptional finish to the season, with the Women's Cross-Country Running team finishing 1st out of the competing ACAC schools and the men finishing 4th as a group. "Our ladies all stepped up at the Championship, and our top four women were in the top 10 overall, which is what made them score so well," Elliott says. "The RDC women completed a great ACAC season with a fantastic last race."
The men's team also finished strong. "I am so proud of how they performed," says Elliott. "It was an impressive fourth place finish for our men, with personal bests for almost all of them."
Elliott, who is in her first year as Head Coach with RDC, brings a strong athletic background to her role. "Coach Elliott has such a passion for the sport, as she competes at a high level, herself, and has experience coaching at post-secondary institutions," says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. "Being named by her peers as the ACAC Cross-Country Coach of the Year – in her rookie season as Head Coach – is a tremendous tribute to her skill and leadership, as well as her dedication to the team."
With their first place finish in the ACAC, the RDC Women's Cross-Country Running team has qualified for the CCAA National Championship, which will be held on November 11 and 12 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.