In his fifth season leading the Lethbridge College men’s basketball team, Ryan Heggie has been named ACAC south division coach of the year. He was announced as the winner at the ACAC awards dinner Wednesday night in Olds.
Last season, the Raymond native coached the Kodiaks to an ACAC championship. However, he lost many key members of that team over the off-season, and it was expected the Kodiaks may struggle to once again be an ACAC contender. Instead, Lethbridge College won 15 games, lost only six, and tied for the second-best record in the south division.
“It’s hard to find a coach who puts in the time and effort that Ryan does,” says Todd Caughlin, Manager of Kodiaks Athletics. “He is truly committed to get the most out of his student athletes, day in and day out, and to do it in the right way. Earning this recognition from his fellow division coaches supports that.”
Heggie is a former Kodiaks player and garnered all-Canadian recognition in 1984-85 as Lethbridge was ranked second nationally. He then played at the University of Lethbridge and was part of the Pronghorns Canada West championship team in 1985-86, before playing professional basketball in Europe.
“Ryan has committed to the goals of the department and truly exemplifies what every athletics manager wants in a coach. He is there for his student athletes and the department,” says Caughlin.
Heggie became Kodiaks head coach in August 2011.