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.