Winning is strong trait in Mohawk recruits

Mohawk Mountaineers men’s volleyball team, winners of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Bronze Medal last season, has been busy recruiting in the off-season.

The latest additions to the Mountaineers volleyball lineup include:

Eric Danecke is a Middle. The 6-4 athlete graduated from Grand River Collegiate where he was on seven regional title winning teams. He has a high school provincial Silver medal and a fourth place finish in addition to being named a regional most valuable player and earning First Team All Star status in 2011. He was this year’s graduating Male Athlete of the day.

At the club level, Danecke played four years with the Waterloo Tigers.

Head coach Matt Schnarr’s comments:
“Another blue chip recruit, Eric’s business like attitude – get in, get it done and get out – is infectious and hopefully this rubs on his fellow teammates. Watching Eric in the semifinals at the OFSAA championships dominate a UCLA recruit was the moment Mohawk knew we had to get Eric. MVP of his school’s zone league we look for Eric to bring his winning attitude and to push for a lot of court time with our middle group.”

A left side power, Bradley Regier comes to Mohawk from St. Annes Catholic Secondary School in Clinton, ON. The 6-1 athlete started playing volleyball in Grade 6 which helped him earn the volleyball award in high school in grades 9, 10, and 12.

Away from school league play, Regier played in the Ontario Summer Games in Ottawa and started playing Club for Forest City in London for three years in Under-16.

With the U-16 team, he placed fourth in the Nationals and was awarded the “Nothers Team Award”, presented to a team player who always gives 100%. The same award was his the following year in U-17 play.

Schnarr’s comments:
“Brad is a blue chip recruit who has the potential to be a dominant all-round left side in the OCAA ranks. His aggressive nature and work ethic are what separates Brad from other recruits; qualities that are hard to find in young athletes. Brad plays the game the “Mohawk Way” and we are excited to have him join us in accomplishing our goals.”

John Zimmerman is a 6-2 Left Side from Hamilton and a member of the MAC club team. Winning seems to follow him around: In 2008 he was on the 15-Under national championship team, and, as team captain, was on back-to-back junior volleyball title winning teams with the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s St. Jean de Brebeuf in 2008 and 2009.

In 2009 he was the school’s volleyball MVP. The following year his school was HWCDSB finalists and in 2011 they won the Silver medal and repeated that finish this year. Zimmerman was team captain for all five of his high school seasons, twice being named school MVP.

Schnarr’s comments:
“A home grown product, John was the first of our recruits to commit. We think that John’s length and athleticism gives him a chance to develop quickly into a solid left side in the OCAA. With openings on the left side, John has the ability to compete and make an impact early in the lineup. We look forward to his addition.”