May 16, 2014, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – It took Nick Schmidt two years to cross the Rockies but the Calgary, AB native has made it to Kelowna to be a part of the UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball team starting in the fall of 2014.

Transferring after two years of setting for the Avalanche at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, BC, the Western Canada High School graduate Schmidt has committed to the Heat men’s volleyball team, slated to join head coach Greg Poitras’ rotation of setters.

Fresh off of a college season where he helped the Av’s to a bronze medal at the PACWEST championships – including player of the match in the semi-final, the 6’2” Schmidt will be the first setter from the Calgary area to join the program, “which is known for producing very good setters,” according to Poitras.

“I watched Nick during this past PACWEST season and immediately felt he would help our program right away,” Poitras continued.

Schmidt’s coach at College of the Rockies, Steve Kamps, emphasized the former’s high volleyball IQ and strong leadership skills, concluding that Schmidt developed into one of the premiere setters in the PACWEST. Kamps recruited Schmidt for his extensive volleyball experience right out of high school with Schmidt excelling for a variety of top clubs in Alberta including Canuck Stuff and the Dinos.

Poitras expects the growth and success to translate well over into the CIS game. “Coach Steve Kamps is a close coaching colleague of mine and I know he has prepared him well for CIS volleyball,” said Poitras. “Nick is a determined athlete and has proven to be a great teammate in post-secondary volleyball.

Schmidt’s plan has always been to transfer into UBC Okanagan’s sciences program and then get into a good team environment to continue his volleyball career. His two years at the College of the Rockies he focussed on his studies while in the pre-engineering transfer program at CotR.  

“When I came down for a recruiting trip in March, I knew UBCO was the right fit,” Schmidt recalled. “The team and coaching staff seemed focused on getting better and winning and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Schmidt joins Adam Kern as freshmen on this year’s Heat volleyball team, he will provide depth behind Kristof Schlagintweit and hopefully push the Heat’s starting setter much the same way graduating college transfer Davis Proch had done these past two seasons.

You can catch them all in action next fall as the Heat kick off their fourth Canada West campaign. Check back at goheat.ca for updated schedules and never miss the action on canadawest.tv.

List of Accomplishments

List of Volleyball Accomplishments:

  • Alberta High School Provincial Bronze Medalist 2011, 2012
  • Alberta Volleyball Association Provincial Bronze Medalist 2012
  • Team Alberta Tryout Invite 2010, 2011, 2013
  • 2012 Western Canada Redmen MVP
  • 2012-2013 College of the Rockies Avalanche Rookie of the Year
  • 2014 Bronze Medalist at Pacwest Provincials
  • School Accomplishments:

  • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship Award Winner 2012
  • Western Canada High School Honour Roll 2009-2012