KELOWNA, BC - Kelowna’s own Adam Kern from Mount Boucherie Secondary has committed to the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team for the 2014-15 season. Heat coach Greg Poitras continues to build his team by securing the best local talent as the quest continues to mount a return trip to the playoffs in their fourth tour in CIS.
A 6’6 middle blocker, Kern brings a lot of length and athleticism to a team in need of some shoring up on the defensive front. When visiting the UBC Okanagan gymnasium he broke the previous Heat block touch record at 10’10.5’’ and narrowly missed the highest jump ever recorded in the gym at 11’7’’.
“Adam is one of the top middle blockers in his age group,” said Heat coach Greg Poitras, “He is a lean jumping machine … He has the ability to attack the ball at angles teams don’t normally have defense in place for.”
Kern already holds championship hardware in his trophy cabinet in a gold medal at the U17 Mid-Western elites with Team BC, and he recently came off a championship run with his 18U club team the Kelowna K’Pow at the Provincial Club Championships.
A local product, Kern is ecstatic to be able to attend a high-quality institution so close to home. “I’m choosing UBCO because of its … great potential for future years in the CIS, its great campus, and that it offers all the courses that I need in order to get to where I want to be in life,” he said. “It also helps that I’m able to live at home and not have to deal with another stressor on my post-secondary career.”
Kern’s coach from Mount Boucherie, John McParland, thinks that he is more than ready for this next step, eschewing his abilities both on the court and in the classroom. “He had a fantastic senior year and is very deserving of the chance to play at the CIS level,” McParland said. “I believe that UBCO is the right fit for him to develop.”
At the BC High School Boys Volleyball Championships held this past December partially in the UBC Okanagan gym - Adam’s new home court for the next five years - his Mount Boucherie squad finished with the Bronze. Adam’s heroics at the provincial championships earned him a spot on the first all-star team and placed him as the eleventh ranked player coming out of a strong BC high school class.
As a hardworking student earning straight A’s and work ethic distinctions in high school, Kern will pursue a degree in Science at UBC’s Okanagan campus and try to balance academics and athletics as well as he did in high school throughout his university career.
Adding depth to a middle position that is becoming a strength for the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team Adam will be in a position that features a trio of third years in Jim Bell, Josh Harvey, and Leo Schober, who redshirted last season due to injury and will return for his junior year this fall, and last year’s freshman middle Chris Wilson.