Redeemer University College has found its next bench boss for the women’s volleyball program.
He just so happens to be one of the most decorated individuals in Redeemer’s men’s volleyball history. Brad Douwes assumes the reigns of the women’s program after the departure of Doug Veldman following the 2013-14 season. Douwes comes with an impressive resume including numerous Ontario Colleges Athletic Association medals as both a player and coach with the men’s program.
Douwes will continue coaching the men for the 2014-15 season and also manage the women’s team effective immediately. He will look to replicate the success he has had on the men’s side and work towards solidifying the women’s program as one of the best in the province as well.
The Lady Royals are coming off of one of their best seasons ever where they made it to the bronze medal match at the OCAA provincial championships after an impressive 13-5 season. Returning most of their roster from 2013-14, Douwes will step into a team that appears to be championship ready and will have home court advantage at this year’s provincial finals. Redeemer University College is the host of the 2014-15 provincial event and will have an automatic bye into the championships.
“I am excited about the opportunity to coach the group of women that former head coach Doug has put together,” said Douwes. “This team has had two very strong seasons in the last two years and we will be looking to build on that. The chance for these women to play in a provincial championship at Redeemer is incredible and my goal is to prepare them to succeed on that stage.”