College of the Rockies women's Avalanche volleyball team will have a new leader for the 2019/20 season. Bryan Fraser brings coaching experience in Canada and Holland to the role.
"I am excited to welcome Bryan to the Avalanche family," said Cori Andrichuk, Manager, Student Life and Athletics. "We look forward to continuing to build a great women's program at College of the Rockies with him at the helm."
Fraser grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He began playing volleyball in grade nine, going on to play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for five years before spending a year at the Volleyball Canada full-time training centre. After two summers with the Canadian National B team, Fraser went on to play professionally in Europe.
In addition to his playing experience, Fraser has coached for developmental summer camps, and a division 3 women's team in Holland. He also held the role of assistant coach with Team Saskatchewan, and head coach for the Canadian men's under-17 team.
"I am extremely excited to begin my coaching career in the PACWEST with the Avalanche women's team," Fraser said. "They have an outstanding academic program, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help build a competitive team on the court."
Fraser takes the helm from John Swanson, who served as the women's team's head coach from 2015 to 2019.
"I want to thank John for his dedication to the Avalanche program over the past four years," Andrichuk said.
College of the Rockies women's Avalanche team's 2019-20 season will officially kick off on Friday, October 18 when they host Douglas College.