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Avery Harrison has seen a ...
Avery Harrison has seen a lot of things in his 19 years of being a women's basketball head coach in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).
has coached 37 ACAC All-stars, nine All-Canadians, two ACAC Players of the Year, two Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association
(CCAA) Players of the Year and one would think he
had seen it all.
That was until this season, when he
was presented a first in his
ACAC career- coaching a player he
first coached 10 years ago.
Third year St. Mary's University Lightning post Kassandra Harkema was recruited by Harrison in 2005 to play for the SAIT Trojans.
Harkema, 28, now in her second year with the Lightning, has been reunited with Harrison, who joined Lightning women's basketball squad as an assistant coach this summer.
was a key part of my development as a player and having him on the bench again brings me back to the amazing first year I had with him," she
After reaching the post-season last season, head coach Shoults is hungry for a top-three finish this year in the ACAC South Division, and knows Harrison
can lend a hand in making that happen.
Harrison comes to the Lightning with quite an impressive list of accolades, including four ACAC and two CCAA championships.
been named Coach of the Year four times by the ACAC
, most recently in 2014 with Lethbridge College
, and was named coach of the year by the CCAA
in consecutive years (2000, 2001).
brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program.
Avery Harrison, assistant ...
Avery Harrison, assistant athletic director for the SAIT Trojans, says the club has been struggling to maintain a team in the men's, women's and mixed divisions, and have lacked in the coaching area as well.
"We never had any consistency in coaching," Harrison
"Our sports are really student's driven," Harrison
The curling team will remain a club team unless student participation increases enough to justify entering it into the ACAC league
"There won't be an ACAC curling team at this point," Harrison
SAIT Trojans | Avery Harrison
SAIT Trojans | Avery Harrison
Avery Harrison is currently the Coordinator of Intramurals at SAIT.
He has been a physical education instructor at SAIT since 1984 and has seen countless improvements in the department over that time period.
Avery sat on several committees in the ACAC including the Eligibility, Awards and Women's Sport Committees, and served as the Women's Basketball Convener from1999-2001.
He has also been part the women's athletic team room renovations; sat on the Field house development committee; served as the academic advisor for athletics; oversaw the development of the Intramurals website; developed an Intramurals marketing plan and brochure; and led the development of the Adopt A Trojan program.
An alumnus of the University of Calgary, he
graduated in 1985.
He began coaching at SAIT in February of 1984, and began teaching in the Fall of 1984.
After 6 years as an Assistant Coach in both the men's and women's basketball programs he was named the head coach of the women's team in 1990.
recently stepped back from coaching at SAIT
to spend more time with family.
Born in Olds Alberta, he has two daughters, Tiffany and Courtney.
Kodiaks add to their coaching roster this season | Lethbridge College
Brooke Heggie will join Lethbridge College Athletics Manager Avery Harrison on the bench of the women's basketball team and Gladys Chumba Kochei will join Coach Bertil Johansson in cross country running.
"I've been coaching in the ACAC since 1983 and have thoroughly enjoyed watching players grow and mature, not only as athletes but as leaders with their team and in the community," says Harrison
"The students are eager to contribute ...
"The students are eager to contribute to the community with this initiative," says Avery Harrison, the college's athletic director.
"This season is difficult for families facing financial struggles," adds Harrison
"When dollars are tight and the weather is cold, families sometimes have to make hard choices.
Our student-athletes want to collect as much gear as possible to give those families a bit more breathing room - and a lot more warmth - this winter."
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