By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
February 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The No. 8 University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team’s head coach Craig Beaucamp was named Canada West Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his 10-year career.
This is Beaucamp’s second-straight nod as the conference’s top coach, while fourth-year stand out Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) was named to the Canada West second-team all-star list.
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Beaucamp, a previous Canada West Coach of the Year recipient in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2011-12, led the Vikes to a 16-6 regular season record in 2012-13. The Vikes further boasted a 12-1 record at home in McKinnon Gymnasium and ended the regular season with a sweep over rivals and, at the time, No. 2-ranked UBC Thunderbirds.
Despite losing 82-79 on the road to Manitoba during the season, Beaucamp led his squad to an impressive 2-0 sweep at home over the Bisons in the conference quarter-finals to advance to the Canada West Final Four for the seventh time in his career.
Entering the 2012-13 playoffs, the Vikes boasted the conference’s top-scoring defence, averaging 68.8 points per game. Beaucamp’s squad was ranked second in the Canada West in rebounding with a margin of +9.3 and was led in scoring all year by Evans, who averaged 16.7 points per game.
“To receive this distinction for the second-consecutive year is a strong statement that coach Beaucamp continues to garner the respect of his Canada West coaching peers for the competitiveness of our Vikes program,” said Clint Hamilton, director of Vikes Athletics and Recreation.
Beaucamp, born in Burnaby, B.C., is also an active coach in the community, helping to run the Vikes TLC Camps for kids in Victoria and helping to establish the Vikes Basketball Academy. He also served as an Assistant Coach with Canada’s men’s Pan-American Games team that competed in October 2011 in Guadaljara, Mexico and was a head coach at the 2012 B.C. Summer Games in Surrey.
Senior Evans has been the home-crowd pleaser all season as the social science major led the Vikes in scoring for 14 of the Vikes’ 24 games. Helping the Vikes sweep the Bisons, Feb. 22-23, Evans scored a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Friday game and led with 21 points and eight rebounds on Saturday. Evans also scored 14 of the Vikes’ first 16 points in Game 2.
Evans boasts a shooting percentage of .527, leads the team in rebounds, averaging 7.5 per game, and leads the conference in steals (3.0). Evans has started 19 of the Vikes’ 24 games so far and is likely to be a crucial component to the Vikes’ success this weekend at the Canada West Final Four, hosted by the UBC Thunderbirds, Mar. 1-2.
The Vikes men will tip off against the Winnipeg Wesmen, Friday at 8:45 p.m. A win in this semifinal will automatically qualify the Vikes for a spot at the CIS National Championship, hosted Mar. 8-10 by Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont.
Following are the Canada West men’s basketball Award winners & All-Stars:
- MVP: Stephon Lamar, Saskatchewan
- Rookie of the Year: Youssef Ouahrig, Alberta
- Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Baker, Saskatchewan
- Ken Shields Award nominee: Todd Bergen-Henengouwen, Alberta
- Coach of the Year: Craig Beaucamp, Victoria
ALL-STARS (alphabetical by surname)
- Sam Freeman, Fraser Valley
- Stephon Lamar, Saskatchewan
- Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary
- Kenneth Otieno, Alberta
- Doug Plumb, UBC
- Andrew Cunningham, Winnipeg
- Terrell Evans, Victoria
- Mark Perrin, Trinity Western
- Derek Waldner, Lethbridge
- Stephen Walton, Manitoba
All-Star with previous awards…
Sam Freeman 2009 CW Rookie of the Year 2009 CIS All-Rookie
Each award recipient moves on as a finalist for the annual Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) awards, with winners to be announced in Ottawa ahead of the Final 8 national tournament, March 8-10 at Scotiabank Place.
This Friday and Saturday, the Canada West Final Four goes at UBC in Vancouver on Friday and Saturday night, where the host T-Birds face Fraser Valley in Friday’s early game, followed by Victoria vs. Winnipeg. Medal games take place on Saturday. Finalists will qualify for the CIS tournament, with one national at-large berth also available. All game can be seen live on canadawest.tv.