Posted on: July 26, 2005
By BRONWEN SCOTT
July 26 2005
KAMLOOPS – Patrick Hennelly, currently first assistant coach at Northern Arizona University, will be the WolfPack’s men’s volleyball head coach, TRU Athletics Director Ken Olynyk announced today.
Hennelly, who was born in Vancouver and raised in Winlaw, BC, will come to Kamloops the first week of August to prepare his team for its first year of play in the Canada West conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sports.
There are two major reasons for his return to Canada, Hennelly said.
“I’m attracted by the prospect of returning to men’s volleyball and competing in the best conference in the country,” he said. “I also relish the opportunity to start and nurture a program from the beginning. This will be a tremendous challenge, one I am looking forward to.”
He’s also happy to be coming to Kamloops. “I have been to Kamloops twice,” he explained. “The 1992 Canada Games, I thought the city did an incredible job of hosting. I also went through on a UBC Volleyball trip around 1997. I really enjoyed the town, especially the river, and the people were tremendous. After a year in Arizona, I am looking forward to being near water and growing with the university and city.”
Hennelly, who played Team BC for five years and was a member of the 1989 Canada Games team as a youth, coached volleyball at UBC between 1995 and 2004, and traveled with the UBC Men’s Team to Korea, Russia, Finland and Estonia. He coached at Northern Arizona this past year because he wanted the opportunity to coach full time and experience the NCAA.
He has already started recruiting for the WolfPack, and will continue to contact potential recruits and returning players throughout August. He also plans to partner with the Kamloops Volleyball Association, in the role of administrator.
“I’m excited about bringing Patrick Hennelly to our campus,” said Olynyk. “Patrick will fit in well in our division. He’s a real people person. This is a positive move for us. We’ll be moving forward with a team not dissimilar to the team that would have been here anyway, and Patrick brings a lot of CIS, club, and NCAA experience to our program.
“He also really understands the total scope of a successful volleyball program, including community relations, scheduling, fundraising, and recruiting.
Hennelly, who holds both Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Human Kinetics degrees, and has taken a number of teams to medal spots at national volleyball championship, was selected from a shortlist of three candidates winnowed from a dozen applications from coaching prospects from Canada, Europe and Australia. He is contracted for a one-year appointment until March 31st next year.