The person we have chosen
to honor this year, has been coaching at Vanier for the past
ten seasons. During that time he started as a position coach
and worked himself up the ranks to assume head coaching responsibilities.
In his particular sport,
much of the work is done in the off-season with recruiting "making"
or "breaking" the team, before anyone takes to the
field. The number of hours spent traveling, scouting, and attending
recruiting functions is staggering. Not only student athletes
need to be recruited in this particular sport, but coaches also
need to be attracted to the program. To be able to assemble the
staff of the quality that he has brought to Vanier is also proof
of his leadership capabilities.
This year's coach of the
year was faced with an unfortunate incident where the team
was forced to forfeit four of their first five victories due
to an eligibility problem.
Many teams would have been too bitterly demoralized at that point
of the season to be able to pick themselves up and regroup. The
team however, stuck together and went on to win the rest of their
regular season games, which was a great testament to the leadership
abilities of the coaching staff.
It gives me great pleasure
to announce that Ray Gagnon is this year's Vanier College Coach
of the Year." (As presented by Sam Kay, Director of Administrative
Services and Secretary General)