Posted on: March 7, 2018
The success of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team has translated into multiple nominations for the upcoming Kamloops Sports Council awards.
Head coach John Antulov, midfielders Mitchell Popadynetz of Nelson, BC and Ryan Glanville of Williams Lake, BC along with the team itself have been nominated as finalists for various awards which are based on the calendar year 2017.
The team is a finalist for the team of the year. The WolfPack won a bronze medal at both in both the Canada West playoffs and the USPORT Nationals, which Thompson Rivers hosted. They were the first USPORTS medals for soccer in the school’s history.
Antulov is a finalist for coach of the year.
Both Popadynetz and Glanville are finalists for the University athlete of the year award. Popadynetz was the Canada West player of the year, a first team Canada West all-star and a USPORTS first team all-star. Glanville was a USPORTS Academic All Canadian and Canada West second team all-star. Both players were named to the USPORTS Nationals all-star team.
WolfPack Athletics and Recreation director Curtis Atkinson was pleased. “This is great recognition for a team and program which performed at a high level. This team impressed a lot of people and it came to fruition at the national championships. They did a lot of great things in a very tough conference. They built throughout the season and inspired a lot of people in the community with how they conducted themselves both on and off the field. John Antulov has built a successful program in a short period of time-medaling at the national level is a huge accomplishment. From recruiting, to fundraising, to community work, John brings the program together. Mitch and Ryan were leaders on the team and received well deserved recognition throughout the Canada West season. Both had great individual performances but also inspired their teammates which you saw in the national championships. “
WolfPack swim coach Brad Dalke joins Antulov as another nominee for coach of the year. Dalke is being recognized for his work with the Kamloops Classic swim team.
The awards will be handed out April 28 th at the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame/Kamloops Sports Council awards banquet at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre.