Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have tapped into the ever growing girls volleyball programs on Vancouver Island for their first recruit for the 2018-19 season.
Head coach Chad Grimm and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 5’9” power hitter/outside Erin Mutch of Oak Bay Secondary in Victoria has committed to the program.
“We are very excited to have Erin join our program,” says Grimm.” Erin is the type of athlete and competitor that will improve our program immediately. She approaches the game in a professional manner which is evident in her work ethic and level of physical fitness. She will add to the culture of our program in further developing a level of professionalism in how we go about preparing for success, both on the court and in the classroom.”
Mutch’s high school team finished 12 th at the 2017 BC High School championships while her club team—Victoria Volleyball Association were second at the 2017 provincial championships after winning the title the previous three years.
“I had trained with Team BC in 2016 at Thompson Rivers and really loved the gym and the campus environments,” said Mutch, who will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.
“I like how the girls volleyball program seems to get better and better with each passing year, and the the team seems to be very connected and friendly.”
Her coaches with Team BC this year all had Kamloops and TRU connections; alum Ashley Shannik and Spencer Reed along with current WolfPack women’s assistant coach Nathan Bennett.
Bennett adds,“Watching Erin from the stands as we were recruiting her, it was easy to tell that she is a good player,” he says. “Where I really became an Erin Mutch fan was when I got to coach her this year at Canada Games. She has a level of intensity and focus that is easy to follow for her teammates, as well as a laser focus to obtain her goal. I am very excited to see Erin in a WolfPack uniform!”
Her club coach at the Victoria Volleyball Association has been Mike Toakley. “ Really pleased to hear Erin is coming your way – a quality player and person! With Erin we have been club Provincial Champions for two of those years and last year came away with the silver. Erin has been a power hitter with us. She not only has played a role as gifted six rotation player but has also contributed huge energy and enthusiasm, both in matches and at practice. Her work ethic is her number one attribute. She is fast, athletic and powerful for her size. Her drive to be excellent has, at times, caused her to get down on herself when she does make an error, but she knows this and has made strides to improve in this area. She will do fine in “the spotlight” of Thompson Rivers athletics – I could see her becoming a crowd favourite. One of my favourite moments with Erin was a time she was cautioned by a referee for celebrating too enthusiastically – a call I didn’t even existed in the rule book! I have heard good things about where TRU Women’s Volleyball is headed and look forward to cheering you and Erin on in the near future. “
Mutch says she wanted to commit to a program early in her grade 12 year “So I could spend my year focusing on what I would like to do at University versus choosing where to go.”
She was also considering Camosun College (PACWEST) and the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, BC before committing to Thompson Rivers.
Coach Grimm already knows where Mutch will fit into his system. “Although Erin competed with Team BC in the Canada Games as their starting libero, I believe she has the ability to be a solid P2 outside hitter at the USports level. Erin’s ability to be stable in service reception and limit her errors on the outside will allow her to be successful at this level and combined with her ability to elevate into the 10 foot range Erin will provided an added level of athleticism to our group. We are thrilled to have added someone of Erin’s character and ability to our program.”