Heat head coach Greg Poitras looks to continue to build upon his men’s volleyball team’s excellent first season by adding another quality recruit as he gets Josh Harvey from Alberta to commit to the Heat for the fall.
Harvey is a six foot six middle blocker who will graduate from Cochrane High in June; he carries a 90 per cent average and has been accepted in the Engineering program at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
“I chose UBC Okanagan based on my interest in both the engineering and volleyball programs,” explains Harvey on his decision to play for the Heat.
Josh is already aware of the academic advantages of going to a smaller University like UBC’s Okanagan campus.
“From my perspective the university offers an excellent learning environment with good professors, small classroom sizes and a reputable degree,” he adds.
Poitras thinks the Albertan will be a perfect fit to his roster and is the start of a strong nucleus of middle blockers.
“Josh is a great addition to our 11/12 class as he will provide competition to our other young middles,” is the plan Poitras has laid out. The Heat are losing only Mark Broome from the middle spot, but fellow Cochrane native Brett Uniat will be playing in his final year at the position, as such the need to rebuild that spot on the court is now.
Greg likes Josh’s upside and his work ethic, adding that, “Josh has a very positive attitude and is a very hard worker. He has good size and a great frame for volleyball. He's trained with Dinos Volleyball Club out of Calgary under some very well-respected coaches. He loves to train and is an outstanding teammate.”
Josh knows full well the opportunities that are present with this team and is welcoming the challenge put forth by the coaches.
“The volleyball program is also very inviting as the coaching staff brings great experience and knowledge. Overall I see many great opportunities to succeed at the UBC Okanagan,” adds Harvey.
The other players that have committed to join the Heat in the fall for Poitras are: Jim Bell (Middle, Surrey, BC), and Alex Swiatlowski (Outside, Victoria, BC), setter Kristof Schlagintweit (Abbotsford, BC) will also be joining the roster this fall.
Look for Josh and the other young middles to battle each other all season long for court time as the men’s volleyball team attempts to get back to the Canada West playoffs in the Heat’s second season in the CIS.