Langley, British Columbia—The skills they’ve demonstrated on Trinity Western University’s home court have landed three TWU coaches in the international coaching arena. Ron Pike (men’s volleyball), Carol Hofer (women’s volleyball), and Shane Wiebe (track and field), have been named assistant coaches for Team Canada at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. The trio was selected by the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) and Team Canada to lead the national team in their respective areas of expertise.
As the world’s second largest multi-sport competition after the Olympics, the 21st Summer Universiade/World University Games will bring over 5,000 world-class university athletes from more than 140 countries to Beijing.
“To coach for our country at that level is an amazing opportunity,” says Pike, who currently serves as president of the CIAU Men’s Volleyball Coaches Association. “Coaching or playing internationally is great experience. And with China hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, this will be an exciting, preliminary event.”
The World University Games in China will mark the second summer Pike has coached internationally. He went to Cuba last year to coach the junior national men’s volleyball team, and will leave for Winnipeg at the end of July to work with the Universiade men’s volleyball team at training camp. He and the team will make a short tour in Japan prior to the games in Beijing, which begin on August 22.
Carol Hofer recently returned from training camp in Winnipeg, where she lent her expertise to the national women’s volleyball team headed to Beijing.
“I’m looking forward to coaching volleyball at an international level,” says Hofer, who was awarded a Coaching Development Award from the CIAU Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association this spring. “This is the next step for some of our players at TWU, and it’s a great opportunity for me to learn and use these experiences to take our own team forward and help our players reach their goals.”
The coaching selection for the World University Games comes after TWU’s second year of competition in the CIAU, Canada’s top university league. This year also marked history for the University as TWU’s Laura Wilson, under the direction of Wiebe, came home with Canada’s national title in the women’s 60 metres.
Wiebe, a former decathlete ranked 5th in North America who served as field events coach for BC’s provincial senior team at Edmonton’s Senior National Championships this June, is scheduled to coach long jump, triple jump and high jump, and co-coach sprints.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with other coaches and share ideas and experiences. I hope to bring back inspiration and new technical information for our athletes here,” says Wiebe.
The three coaches will return to the Lower Mainland in September to lead TWU athletes into the University’s third year of CIAU competition.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21