New players join the ‘Pack

The WolfPack will gain promising new talent for the 2015-16 season

Every year the ‘Pack says goodbye to talented athletes and says hello to new recruits. Over 10 athletes have already stated their intentions to play with the WolfPack next season, and there will be many more to come.

Volleyball

The men’s volleyball team said goodbye to an outside hitter who recently quit school, according to head coach Pat Hennelly. The ‘Pack will send off four other players who will be completing their eligibility at the end of the season, including team captain Matt Krueger.

However, the team isn’t desperate to find recruits as they already have more signed than any other ‘Pack team, with four already committed to play next season.

Tristan Dexter, a 6’ 2” left side and Kyle Behiels, a 6’ 8” middle will be moving on from their high school teams in Edmonton to play with the WolfPack.

The team will also bring in two more out of high school with Sam Taylor-Parks, a 6’ 7” middle from Kelowna and Charlie Bringloe, a 6’ 6” right side from Waterloo, Ont.

Hennelly is especially excited to have Bringloe signed.

“We think he’s the best right side in the country,” Hennelly said.

Bringloe will be mentored by current right side Brad Gunter, who has one more year of eligibility remaining.

“Being able to play one season with right side Brad Gunter will really benefit my playing for the next years. I will be able to learn a lot from him and hopefully be able to use it to help the WolfPack in the next seasons,” Bringloe said.

“It’s hard to say he’s a replacement for Brad but we think he’s a guy that has a good ability and plays like Brad,” Hennelly said.

Women’s volleyball has only signed one recruit so far. Kendra Finch, a 5’ 11” player from North Vancouver, is the new recruit who can play multiple positions from outside hitting to libero.

Basketball

Men’s basketball has signed Jeff Tubbs, a 6’ 2” point guard from West Kelowna who can play multiple positions. He has experience as team captain of his high school team.

The ‘Pack will be losing forward Tallon Milne and two guards, Brett Rouault and Brett Parker.

“We probably need to replace some wing, scoring and some perimeter play,” said head coach Scott Clark.

Clark would like to sign another four players to the team before next season and will be especially looking at players graduating high school.

“It takes a guy a year to get acclimated to the system of play, to university academic rigors… I think having some longevity is really important,” he said.

“Some kids have been attracted to come and visit, which maybe in the past didn’t happen. I think that’s because the name Thompson Rivers University and the campus itself is growing and the name itself is expanding and because of that, we’re attracting more, better athletes.”

Soccer

Women’s soccer said farewell to goalkeeper Emily Edmundson and midfielder Bronwyn Crawford, who both completed their eligibility when the season ended in October.

The hole in net will be filled by newly signed Deanna Brady, a high school goalkeeper from Richmond along with current player and backup goalkeeper Shalayna Isakson.

The team will also gain two Kamloops recruits, midfielder Brittany McDonald and midfielder/forward Nikki Manwaring, both who have played under head coach Tom McManus on multiple youth teams throughout high school.

Men’s soccer has signed midfielder/forward Mitchell Popadynetz from Nelson B.C. Popadynetz played a season with UBC, scoring a goal at the Canada West final. He transferred from UBC this year but had to red shirt for the season due to CIS transferring regulations.

WolfPack coaches will continue to search for recruits to round out their rosters for next season.