The 2012-2013 Rattlers will be an exciting team to watch. The roster includes 5 returning players and 6 freshmen. The Rattlers will look to their returning players for leadership and expect the new players to dive right in as the club has their sights set on a strong performance during the ACAC season and playoffs.
The Rattlers will be led by 4 returning starters, including 4th year setter and ACAC All Star Talayna Tremblay, 4th outside hitter Kelsey Konihowski, 3rd year middle Jordan Michie, and 2nd year middle Julia Kryzan. Add to the mix 2nd year setter-turned-libero Katie Henderson, and the Rattlers look to have the experience to deal with anything thrown at them. The Rattlers will depend on a couple of freshmen to take on big roles on the outside. Local McCoy graduate Mikayla Fritzke, Calgary grads Emmalyn Copping and Sarah Burris, and Moose Jaw native Taylor Stevenson will look to have an immediate impact in that role . The Rattlers also recruited some much needed depth as middle Cari Munro and setter Karmen Tateson, both from Brooks, look to challenge for court time in their rookie campaigns.
The 2012-2013 Rattlers will be characterized by effort, discipline and staying in the moment as they push toward a playoff birth in the toughest conference in the country. They will be focused on playing aggressively and improving every match and be best known for always honoring the game. The Rattlers will continuously demonstrate their commitment to their team and sport, and more importantly to their development as students, citizens, and individuals.
The 2011-12 season will be Benj Heinrichs’ 13th year as a head coach at Medicine Hat College. Heinrichs’ volleyball experience began in 1989 as a player and over the course of 10 years he competed for the Red Deer College Kings, University of Calgary Dinosaurs, Team Canada, and played professionally in France. Heinrichs won a national championship with the Dinos in 1993 and was named an ACAC and Canada West All-Star. Heinrichs competed in the 1995 Pan American games in Mar del Plata, Argentina and the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, Italy. He was also the 1997 US Nationals Senior Men’s MVP while playing for Canuck Stuff and the 2002 Canadian Nationals Senior Men’s MVP while a member of FOG. From 1995-1997 while obtaining his Master of Kinesiology degree (in The Art and Science of Coaching) Heinrichs was an assistant coach with the University of Calgary Dinos. Heinrichs completed his NCCP Level III training in 2006.
Heinrichs began his head coaching career at Medicine Hat College at the start of the 1999-2000 season. He coached the men’s team for four seasons before switching to the women’s program in 2003. Heinrichs was the ACAC Coach of the Year in 2007-08 and employs the Positive Coaching Alliance philosophy. His program vision is: Rattlers Women’s Volleyball consistently fields competitive teams comprised of competent student athletes who are team oriented, disciplined, respectful and make a difference.
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