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Brad Hudson named assistant coach with Volleyball Canada NextGen Pan Am Cup team

Heat head coach Brad Hudson will serve as an assistant coach with Volleyball Canada's NextGen Pan Am Cup team this summer (Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)
Heat head coach Brad Hudson will serve as an assistant coach with Volleyball Canada's NextGen Pan Am Cup team this summer (Photo Credit: Conan Shing Photography)

OTTAWA – UBC Okanagan Heat men's volleyball head coach Brad Hudson has been named an assistant coach with the Volleyball Canada NextGen Pan Am Cup team for the 2022 season.

Hudson, who is entering his seventh season as head coach of the Heat, was one of three coaches announced last week as part of the Next Gen Pam Am Cup team, along with head coach Dan Lewis from Team Canada and fellow assistant Grant Wilson from the Brandon Bobcats.

"I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity," commented Hudson on the appointment. "I'm so appreciative of Volleyball Canada head coach Ben Josephson, UBC Okanagan and our Athletic Director, Tom Huisman, for allowing me to be a part of this. In athletics, there is no greater honour than to represent one's country, our communities and our families. I look forward to learning and sharing; and of course, to our collective pursuit of international excellence."

"I'm also deeply grateful for the love and support of my wife Maisie and our kids Cade and Makena," added Hudson. "Without them, nothing is possible."

Hudson is coming off his best season at the helm of the Heat program. His team posted the highest winning percentage since joining U SPORTS at 0.625 while the team's 10 wins were also the most since UBCO moved to the University circuit in 2011-12. Those numbers were good enough to help the Heat crack the U SPORTS Top 10 rankings for the first time ever when they debuted at number nine following the conclusion of the regular season.

Reaching the Canada West playoffs for the first time, Hudson guided the Heat to their first-ever playoff victory when they knocked off the Winnipeg Wesmen in five sets.

Hudson and the Canadian NextGen team will be based out of Gatineau, Que., this summer ahead of Pan Am Cup which is slated for August 5 to 14 in Gatineau.