The Camosun Chargers Men’s Volleyball team completed a historic season in 2017-18, winning the PACWEST conference title for a fourth consecutive year, a feat not accomplished since the inception of the league in 1971. The team went on to a fourth place finish at the National Championship, hosted at Camosun College, losing 13-15 in the fifth set of a dramatic bronze medal match.
Head Coach Charles Parkinson was set to retire from the Chargers after this season but Camosun College is pleased to announce that Coach Parkinson will remain at the helm of the Men’s Volleyball program for 2018-19.
“I love this program and the support that the College provides to our student-athletes and coaching staff from our President on down is really incredible,” stated Parkinson. “We have already set our goal to be the first team ever to win five titles in a row and are calling our 2018-19 campaign the Drive for Five.”
Athletics Coordinator, Graham Matthews was delighted with the outcome and is thrilled to have Parkinson back behind the bench. “Charles is an inspirational coach and has set the bar high not just for the Men’s Volleyball program, but for all our coaches at Camosun,” said Matthews. “The culture of excellence he has cultivated, coupled with his attention to detail and focus on the process, has not only produced great volleyball athletes but great students and leaders as well.”
Centre for Sport and Exercise Education Dean Richard Stride is also pleased with the return of the Men’s Coach. “Charles is both a coach and faculty member and brings a wealth of applied knowledge to our students”, said Stride. “He has a tremendous work ethic and I am not surprised with the results that his teams have been able to accomplish given his commitment in the gym. He brings the same passion and preparation to the classroom and our students are the beneficiaries.”
Planning for the 2018-19 season is already underway and interested student-athletes are encouraged to contact the Chargers for more details.