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Simpson named CCAA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year

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 Simpson named CCAA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year

March 18, 2015 – Remy Simpson of the St. Lawrence Vikings has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

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Simpson received the award this evening at the 2015 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC.

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Simpson guided the Vikings to a 15-1 record and first-place finish in the OCAA’s East Division. St. Lawrence improved on their 12-4 record from a year ago.

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“Under coach Simpson, the Vikings have made great progress and finished as the top team in their division,” said Mireille Béland, the CCAA Women’s Basketball Convenor.

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This year, St. Lawrence had an influx of talented players with a combination of new talent along with the leadership of returning veterans.

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“The fourth-year coach is hoping to continue to add quality players to the program in order to continue growth and improvement to propel the team into a national contender,” said Béland.

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Simpson has an academic coach who works closely with faculty to ensure the athletes are meeting their academic criteria and goals.

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In addition to offering guest lectures, Simpson works with his players in the off-season to put on a basketball clinic. The clinic is targeted at elementary children and the goal is to develop an interest in basketball as well as teach the fundamental skills required to play the game.

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Coach of the Year recipients receive a CCAA customized ring provided by Jostens Canada

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OTHER NOMINEES

PACWEST: Dany Charlery guided the Quest Kermodes to a perfect 21-0 record and first-place finish in the PACWEST. Quest also defeated two NWAC opponents in exhibition play. Charlery’s emphasis on pushing the tempo helped the Kermodes improve on last season’s record of 16-5, despite losing five players. He has taken the opportunity to mentor his players and develop their life skills. Charlery founded the Kermode Clubs Skills Development for Squamish youth.

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ACAC: Chris King led the Lakeland Rustlers to a first-place finish in the ACAC’s North Division with an impressive 22-2 record. The Rustlers doubled their win total from a year ago (11-10). He has worked extremely hard to retain student-athletes by creating a positive culture. King also works as a mentor coach for the Ponoka Basketball Academy and coaches community camps and clinics.

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RSEQ: Trevor Williams led the Dawson Blues to a second-place finish in the RSEQ with a 13-3 record. The Blues defeated St. Lawrence, Algonquin and Humber at the Winter Classic. Even with nine rookies, Dawson improved on its 11-5 record from 2013-14. Williams hires his players to work at his summer camp. He is also the president of a foundation that helps keep youths off the street.

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ACAA: Michael Connolly guided the Holland Hurricanes to a 14-4 record and second-place finish in the ACAA. Holland also posted a 7-2 record in exhibition play against AUS, RSEQ, and ACAA competition. Connolly is devoted to the academic success and personal growth of his student-athletes. He previously coached at UPEI and has transformed the Hurricanes from a provincial playoff team to a national contender.

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The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.

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