KELOWNA, BC – Brad Hudson has been named the Interim Head Coach of the men’s volleyball team at UBC Okanagan.
Familiar to all in the BC volleyball coaching circles, Hudson has a reputation for building a solid culture, identifying, recruiting and developing talented student athletes, and of consistently winning, in all the programs he has led.
“Brad has an impressive record of building winning teams and a strong reputation as a student athlete oriented coach. In my experience these things very often go hand-in-hand,” said Rob Johnson, Director of Athletics & Recreation, adding that “The Heat men’s volleyball and the UBC Okanagan athletic department are fortunate to attract a coach of Brad’s calibre.”
“I am extremely grateful to UBC for affording me this opportunity” said Hudson. “Through my coaching career I have invested wholly in the shared pursuit of personal and collective excellence and I believe there is no greater platform than that of head coach at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Our culture, relationships and ultimately our commitment to High Performance as well as the complete Student-Athlete experience, will give us the tools to be successful. I’m excited and am looking forward to a great season.”
Hudson has earned numerous coaching awards in his career, winning three of the last four PACWEST Provincial Coach of the Year awards (2011-12, 2014-15, and 2015-16) and being named CCAA National Coach of the Year in both 2011-12 and 2014-15.
Medalling in half of his 10 years as head coach of the Douglas Royals men’s volleyball team in the PACWEST conference, Hudson’s squad never failed to qualify for the post season, earning two league championships, two provincial championships, and five provincial medals. In three trips to the CCAA national championships, the Royals won a silver and placed top-five all three trips.
Prior to his decade-long stint manning the sidelines for the New Westminster-based college, Hudson helmed the Capilano University Blues, another PACWEST team, from 2001-2004. In three stellar seasons in North Vancouver, the Blues ended each season with a trip to the national championships, winning a silver in March of 2004.
Along with coaching collegiately for well over a decade, Hudson has also been a fixture — as either a head or an assistant coach — with Team BC, leading various age-group provincial teams to a national medal on numerous occasions.
2016-17 will be the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s volleyball team sixth season in the Canada West conference, the toughest men’s volleyball conference in the CIS. Of the 50 championship teams in the history of the CIS, 43 have come from Canada West, including 21 of the last 22.
This extreme level of competition will not be totally foreign to Hudson as he was an assistant in 2004-05 with the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver, and his Douglas team would routinely schedule CIS and NCAA foes in their yearly exhibition schedule.
The gruelling 24-match conference schedule will see the Heat open the season on their home court, hosting the Brandon Bobcats on Friday, October 28. The first semester will end with a pair of home matches against the University of Calgary Dinos (December 2-3) and the season will close, once again on their home court, versus the MacEwan Griffins on October 25. You can find the full schedule at goheat.ca.
Hudson’s selection as follows the recent departure of former head coach Greg Poitras.