Posted on March 5, 2015 by Jadene Mah

The  Alberta  Colleges  Athletic  Conference was  pleased  to announce that Roger Galenza, Head Coach of the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus Vikings, has been selected by his ACAC coaching peers as the 2014-15 Coach of the Year. The award was presented to a very surprised Coach Galenza at the ACAC Curling Championships on February 28 …

Coach Galenza 1The  Alberta  Colleges  Athletic  Conference was  pleased  to announce that Roger Galenza, Head Coach of the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus Vikings, has been selected by his ACAC coaching peers as the 2014-15 Coach of the Year. The award was presented to a very surprised Coach Galenza at the ACAC Curling Championships on February 28 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Galenza has brought 8 of 9 teams to Conference Championships in just three years,  winning two Conference Championships (mixed curling) and 4 silver medals (women’s, men’s, and mixed curling). The dedication that he has fostered with his Student Athletes has been second to none. Says second year Physical Education student and All-Conference Award-winning third, Lynelle Mahe, “Roger always goes above and beyond to ensure that we have all that we need to achieve our goals and be successful. It is such a privilege to have a coach that cares so much about us.”

In only his third year of coaching intercollegiate Curling, Galenza has established the Vikings Curling program as not only a consistent high performing team within the ACAC, but a group of Student Athletes who are heavily engaged in promoting curling in the Community. Spearheading the Little Rockers Curling Program, leading High School All-star and recruitment clinics, and supporting their fellow Vikings on the eleven other varsity sports teams at Augustana are just a few ways that Roger’s leadership shows throughout his team’s enthusiastic community engagement.

Says Director of Athletics & Campus Recreation, Greg Ryan, “Roger has revolutionized Vikings Curling, each one of his teams are league leaders, they are extremely involved in the community, coaching younger athletes in both the Academy and the Vikings Little Rockers and they are terrific students, reporting consistently high GPAs.”


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