Position: Small Forward
High School: Sir Winston Churchill
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Pregame Meal: None
Pregame Ritual: Naps
Favorite Sports Movie: Space Jam
Favorite Professional Athlete: Lebron James
The 2010 ACAC basketball season will mark the end of a long and successful sporting career for 5th year basketball player Mike McCorquindale. The 6’0 small forward scored his 1000 ACAC point along with 16 others in route to a victory over the Lakeland Rustlers. McCorquindale has consistently produced for the Vikings over the past five seasons and as a result, wins are finally coming.
“I feel like I can bring leadership through my actions to this team and help shoulder the scoring load,” says McCorquindale, “It’s nice to see that help towards a big win like this.”
Growing up, Mike was an excellent all-around athlete. Starring in multiple sports for Sir Winston Churchill, one of the most athletically successful high schools in Calgary, McCorquindale enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity in 2005 by competing for Canada’s National Track and Field as a high jumper in the Pan Am Juniors held in Windsor Ontario where he competed against several athletes that went on to compete in the Olympics. The following school year, McCorquindale found himself at Augustana.
“I was attracted to Augustana because it gave me the opportunity to complete a University of Alberta degree. Getting to play college basketball was fun too.”
Since then, McCorquindale has enjoyed life in Camrose.
“The smaller classes and personable professors have been great,” says McCorquindale, “it’s really great community.”
And while Vikings basketball has not seen much success in McCorquindale’s tenure at Augustana, signs of improvement are evident this season.
“This is the most talented group that I’ve played with in my time here,” says McCorquindale, “The work ethic has improved a lot. I’m hoping now to help guide the younger players through the rest of the season in preparation for next year when a few other players and myself have gone.”
That task may serve as preparation for McCorquindale’s future as he plans to undertake a career in education and possibly coaching as well.