Benj Heinrichs named women’s volleyball coach
The Department of NAIT Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce the hiring of Benj Heinrichs as the new Ooks women’s volleyball head coach.
This past season Heinrichs coached the Medicine Hat College women’s volleyball team to a 12-8 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season record and the fifth seed at the ACAC Championships.
Heinrichs had been coaching volleyball at Medicine Hat for the past 14 seasons (1999-2003 men’s team and 2003-2013 women’s team). Prior to coaching at Medicine Hat, Heinrichs played professional volleyball in Lyon, France during the 1997-1998 season and was a member of the Canadian National team from 1995-1997.
Heinrichs said he's looking forward to helping the NAIT Ooks defend their ACAC gold medal next season.
“What a tremendous opportunity this is," he said. "NAIT is a world class institute of technology offering outstanding programs and providing unparalleled resources and support for its athletics teams. This combination has resulted in a rich history of success for the Ooks, both in competition and in the community. This is certainly a dream job for me, and I am honored and excited to have been appointed coach of the NAIT women’s volleyball team.”
NAIT Athletics Manager Gregg Meropoulis is happy to have Heinrichs join the athletics program.
“Benj Heinrichs was an outstanding athlete and now is a successful and well respected coach. I am confident he will continue to build on the successes of this season."
Linda Henderson, NAIT’s Director of Athletics and Recreation, said she's looking forward to having Heinrichs lead the ACAC champion women’s program into the future.
“We are delighted Benj will be a part of our Ook family," she said "His volleyball experiences both on the national team as professional athlete, along with his years of collegiate coaching, are incredible strengths to bring to our women’s volleyball program. He will be a great addition to an already successful program.”
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