Kristof Schlagintweit from Yale Secondary has given his letter of intent to play for the UBC Okanagan Heat beginning next fall. A strong athlete and excellent off-court student, the 6’4” Kristof will try to step up as an option to replace Preston Tucker and become the Heat’s setter.
Heat coach Greg Poitras has high hopes for Kristof and is excited for him to play for the Heat next fall. “Filling the shoes of graduating setter Preston Tucker will be no easy task. Kristof will provide good depth in that position along-side Jon Russo, (1st year Lake Country, BC) who has primarily played as a winger for us this year but did run the offense at various times throughout the season.”
“I have chosen UBC Okanagan because I was looking for a strong academic school with a competitive volleyball program,” Kristof said, regarding his choice for post-secondary education and sport. “By spending a weekend with the Heat volleyball team, I got to know and like the atmosphere created by the players and coaching staff. I am looking forward to helping UBC Okanagan climb the ‘CIS volleyball ladder’.”
“We are excited to have a player like Kristof join the program and help our team accomplish even more next year,” says an excited Poitras as he looks forward to next season after an extremely successful first year in Canada West, that included a trip to the post season.
His coach at Yale, Mike Ivany, believes he will do just fine both academically and athletically after High School: “On top of his superb volleyball skills, Kristof is also an excellent student that consistently gets straight A's. There is no doubt in my mind that he is ready to compete and excel at the university level academically and athletically.
Coach Ivany, praises his leadership and commitment to his team, commenting that “This was my first year coaching senior boys volleyball at Yale and Kristof's knowledge and understanding of the game helped our team immensely. He was the captain and leader of our team, always supporting and encouraging his teammates. Kristof has the ability to make everyone around him play at their highest level possible. He helped turn our team of great 'athletes' into a very solid 'volleyball' team that took 11th place in the province.”
Kristof has an impressive volleyball resume that includes bronze medals at both the National Indoor and Beach volleyball championships in 2011, Provincial MVP award at the Indoor championships from 2008-2010 and being the Team BC Captain in 2010. Off the court, Kristof served as President of Yale’s Grad Council and has remained on the Principal’s Honor Roll from 2009 to the present.
“He has played for a great volleyball club (FVVC) and has been coached by some of the best,” points out Poitras. “Kristof is very dynamic young man who will prove to be a leader on our team. His academic and athletic accomplishments are very impressive, just adding to the high achieving recruiting class we have ready for 2012-2013.”