Kelowna Secondary's Chandler Proch has decided to join UBC O for the Heat's final season in the CCAA. Proch, a 5'10" Setter, joins the Heat with some impressive credentials including: starting Setter for the Gold Medal winning BC team at the 2009 National Team Challenge Cup, a sixth overall ranking among B.C. high school prospects, and a reputation as the top Setter in the entire province under the age of 18.
Proch puts the Heat coaching staff at the top of her numerous reasons for choosing UBC O; "Steve, Becki, Jackie and Karl have already helped me with my game significantly. They have been nothing but supportive throughout my club and school volleyball seasons and also with many other things outside of volleyball. Learning so much during the times that I have been coached by them, either during open gyms or getting tips after a game, makes me very excited about what they could teach me when receiving coaching from them for an entire season."
However, she's also quick to point out how much she looks forward to joining the current Heat players; "The entire team has already been very welcoming and I can't wait to play alongside them, learn from them, and get to know them better... Every time I am around the team, it feels natural and comfortable, and every time I play with the team I have an absolute blast."
Chandler will be pursuing a degree in Human Kinetics at UBC Okanagan with the hopes of one day becoming a pediatrician adding, "it's a pretty big goal to shoot for, but it's still my number one academic and career focus. I love kids and to have the training and ability to help them, maybe even save their lives, would be amazing."
With such strong credentials, Proch was heavily recruited by some larger schools already competing in the CIS, but she has been solid about her choice of UBC Okanagan: "I have been committed to UBC O for some time and the more I think about next year, the more anxious and excited I become. Also, it will be nice to be home and in Kelowna, where I am content and used to, which will make the transition easier... Another of the many reasons was the excitement of going (to) CIS. To be at that next level will be unbelievable and so challenging. As well, to get the opportunity to do my best to help the program at the beginning of it all would be amazing. I am looking forward to the Heat's future and am so very lucky and excited to be a part of it."
Heat head coach Steve Manuel is delighted with Chandler's choice and adds, "we couldn't be happier that Chandler is joining our program. We have been working with her and watching her play for several years and we believe that she has all the attributes to help us succeed at the Canada West level. She will have the opportunity to work with our veteran setters and we will look to Chandler to be our setter of the future."
With top notch setters Caitlyn Nyhus and Alycia Bradstock to learn from, you can bet that Chandler Proch will only improve her game as a member of the Heat in the years to come as the Chandler and her Heat teammates look to move up to face the best teams in the nation in the CIS starting September 2011.