Winnipeg – For the sixth time of his brilliant career, U of M Bison’s Garth Pischke has been named the U-Sports Coach Of The Year in Men’s Volleyball. Pischke, who also won in 1982, ’84, ’88, ’90, and ’95, received the honor at the National Awards Ceremony in Edmonton this morning.
Pischke, in his 35th season at the helm of Bison Men’s Volleyball, guided the Herd to a 21-3 conference record for a first place finish in Canada West. The U of M also held the #1 ranking in the country for 4 weeks during the season.
Besides the impressive won-lost record, the other highlight in 2016-17 for the former National Team Coach and 61 year old Winnipeg native was his 1300th career win on January 14th- at home to UBC. In addition to being the winningest coach in North American Men’s Volleyball history, his 1311 career coaching victories also ranking him first on the all time U-Sports list for all sports.
Joining the coach at the podium in Edmonton this morning were U of M team members Ken Rooney, Devren Dear, and Luke Herr.
The 22 year old Rooney, a product of College Jeanne Sauve, was named the winner of the Dale Iwanoczko National Award for Student-Athlete Community Service. Dear, a senior right side and Lord Selkirk Grad, was named a First Team All Canadian. Fellow senior Herr, a setter out of John Taylor Collegiate, made the second team.
The #2 Bisons begin play in their 27th U-Sports Championship under Pischke on Friday Night at 7:30 p.m. CDT versus the host and 7th seeded Alberta Golden Bears. In 26 previous appearances, the U of M has won 9 National Titles, finished as the tournament runner up another 9 times, and have 5 Bronze medals.