FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2018
Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is pleased to announce the partnership with the Dinos Men’s Volleyball Club headed by University of Calgary coach Rod Durrant for the Calgary premier league season.
Dinos were the original junior boys club in Calgary, dating back to the 1980s. The Dinos Mens Volleyball Club brand is well established in Calgary as many high school athletes that have entered the program have gone on to achieve their post-secondary aspirations. Many of these athletes have enter the draft for The Calgary Premier League.
The mens premier league team will be coached by Rod Durrant. Rod has encouraged the entry of many athletes in Calgary as he sees the potential the league offers for CIS and other high-level athletes.
“The Dinos Volleyball club is excited to be involved with the ONE Volleyball Premier Volleyball League this summer. This an opportunity for athletes to develop and gain experience during a time which has been traditionally an off season. The two months of competition and training will benefit all athletes involved,” says Rod.
In his 10th season as head coach of the Dinos in 2015-16, Durrant led his team to a program-record 18 wins and a top-five national ranking throughout the season. He earned the program's second CIS Coach of the Year honour and the first since 1978. During his tenure, Rod has led the Dinos to the 2010 U SPORTS National Championship and the 2011 Canada West Title. He was the Conference Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2016, and in 2016 added U SPORTS Coach of the Year honours after leading his team to a program-record 18 wins during the regular season.
Rod coached the Canadian Men’s Standing Disabled team to three consecutive World Championship titles in 2002, 2004, and 2006, adding to the team’s World Cup gold in 2005 and silver in 2003. He coached Team Alberta to a silver medal at the 2001 Canada Games and was an assistant coach of the Dinos men from 2000-2002.From 1995-99, Durrant served as Head Coach of the Mount Royal College men’s volleyball program, capturing three consecutive Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) provincial titles from 1997-99. He added a national silver medal in 1997 and back-to-back Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships in 1998 and 1999. He was named ACAC Coach of the Year in 1998 and CCAA Coach of the Year in 1999.
ONE Volleyball Calgary Director Jarron Mueller is excited by the Dinos involvement saying, “We are extremely happy to bring on a program like the Dinos. There are a huge part of the volleyball community and can contribute significantly to the development of players here in Calgary.”
About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.
Tickets go on sale in May 16, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information about Jr Dinos Mens Volleyball Club visit the link below for details
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary