University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s volleyball coach Larry McKay has earned coach of the year honours for the third time in his career.
The Canada West distinction comes as McKay marks 29 seasons leading the men’s team, which travels to UBC on Friday to play for a conference bronze medal.
“The team earns it, not me,” McKay said in a statement. “They’re the ones that do the work. That’s why I’m really reluctant to accept the praise. I’m really humbled that they would decide on me.”
McKay is now up for the national U SPORTS award, which he has previously won twice (1993, 2002). The winner will be announced March 15 in Hamilton, Ont.
Also singled out on Tuesday was fifth-year Wesmen libero Logan Brennan, who was honoured with the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Service Award for his contributions off the court and in the community.
“The biggest thing that I try to remind myself on those days where it’s hard to keep putting in the time — whether it’s studying or it’s volunteering– it’s that somebody else did it for you before, and it’s the idea to help the next one in line,” Brennan said.
The Wesmen ended the regular season with a 15-9 conference record. A berth in nationals is on the line this weekend as they meet the UBC Thunderbirds.