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New Head Coach of RDC Queens Basketball program coming over from Grande Prairie

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Botham named Queens Basketball head coach

Red Deer College and RDC Athletics are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Botham as the head coach of the Queens Basketball program. The past two seasons, Botham was the head coach of the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Wolves, who play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Basketball North Division.

“Mandy is a young coach with a lot of potential,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “She has taken the right steps to secure and maintain her coaching certification, and she is connected to great mentors from the national team program and U Sports.”

Botham, who is nearly finished the Train to Compete stages of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), brings a gamut of valuable ACAC coaching and playing experience to RDC.

Prior to her time guiding the Wolves, she was the head coach of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles and an assistant coach with the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves, in her hometown of Prince George. Botham was also the assistant coach of Team B.C.’s U15 Girls in 2014 and head coach in 2015, and she coached at the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance in Vancouver.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to come to Red Deer College and lead the Queens Basketball team,” says Botham. “RDC is known for its strong tradition of athletic excellence and I look forward to building on these traditions.”

Botham will join a strong and knowledgeable group of RDC coaches, who have achieved success at the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) levels.

“Mandy is a student of the game and our job will be to support her ongoing development,” says St- Denis. “Mandy displays the necessary skills and attributes that will help her succeed, and she has the support of our experienced coaches and staff at RDC.”

Botham’s time coaching in Grande Prairie was a homecoming of sorts. She was a student-athlete on the most prolific Women’s Wolves Basketball team in GPRC history. During the 1994-5 season, Botham’s Wolves had a perfect ACAC regular season record and captured the ACAC Championship. Then at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship, the Wolves earned a bronze medal in Nova Scotia.

Botham will arrive in Red Deer in mid-May and will step into her duties as Queens Head Coach on May 16.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Red Deer and immersing myself in the high-performance environment at RDC,” says Botham.

For more information about RDC Queens Basketball, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.

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RDC Soccer players snap up athlete of the week honours

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Red Deer native Kayla Nesseth enjoyed commanding performances in 2 victories

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Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week:

1. Kayla Nesseth – Queens Soccer Hometown – Red Deer, AB Social Work (2nd year)

Over the weekend, Kayla Nesseth’s impact for the Red Deer College Queens Soccer team went beyond goals and assists. The second-year defender played an integral role in two important victories, helping the Queens limit their two opponents to a total of one goal. On Saturday, the RDC Queens shutout the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 3-0 in Camrose and Nesseth was a force on defence. The Social Work student broke up several of Augustana’s potential offensive opportunities and was a factor limiting the Vikings offence to only five shots on goal. In Sunday’s 2-1 home victory over the Ambrose University Lions, the student-athlete from Red Deer had another outstanding game. Nesseth played all 90 minutes and was once again strong in her own zone, while effectively distributing the ball up field. She displayed a tremendous work ethic and was a supportive teammate. Nesseth’s superb performance helped the Queens (4-4-0) move into a three-way tie for third in the south.

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Lacombe native Nathan Swartz scored in both victories

2. Nathan Swartz– Kings Soccer Hometown – Lacombe, AB Bachelor of Science (1st year)

Nathan Swartz was a key contributor in the RDC Kings Soccer team’s two wins this past weekend. On Saturday in Camrose, the first-year midfielder scored a goal, helping his group take a 6-1 road decision over the U of A Augustana Vikings. The Bachelor of Science student contributed the game-winning- goal on Sunday, leading the Red Deer College Kings to a 3-0 shutout victory over the visiting Ambrose University Lions. He added an assist on the Kings’ second marker. The talented student-athlete from Lacombe made several positive things happen on the pitch offensively and defensively, and many plays ran through him. Swartz played with enthusiasm and determination, and was a leader over the two contests. In only his first Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season, Swartz is an important member of the Kings and one of the reasons his team (6-1-1) sits in a tie for top spot in the south with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (6-1-1).

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Great vibes in the dressing room as RDC Queens Hockey squad gears up for new season

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Tight-knit Hockey Queens ready to hit the ice in 2019-20

Queens Hockey Head Coach Kelly Coulter is thrilled about the 12 returning student-athletes and 11 new additions he has assembled for the 2019-20 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Hockey season.

“The vibe in the dressing room is fantastic. The girls seem to really get along and care about each other,” he says. “They seem to be really connected so I think that bodes well on the ice for us as well.”

Goaltender Karlee Fetch is back to play her fifth-year after an outstanding bronze medal performance in last year’s playoffs. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Madison Fox will share the duties in net, after joining the Queens from the Pacific Steelers of the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL).

“Karlee is really mature in her game and as a person, so I think she will be a very good role model for Madison in terms of prepping for games and being a student-athlete,” says Coulter. “Madison is a very good young goaltender who likes to compete, so it’s a very good tandem.”

Despite the absence of 2018-19 Second Team All-Conference defenceman Catherine Longchamps, the Queens have a solid returning group on the blue line. Victoria Johnston, Kirsten Baumgardt, Sydnee Decorby, Ashley Sutherland and Mariah McKersie are back at RDC. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Shelby Ballan is recovering from a lengthy injury, but will help the team. Joining the defensive corps are Wetaskiwin’s Abby Fonteyne, Glendon’s Brooke Skrypichayko and Spirit River’s Tessa Ross.

Jenessa Fournier, Camryn Wallan, Neisha Germann, Jessi-Lynn Sumaling, Mary Hirsch and Hannah Petrie return up front. Sydney Rowley, Brooklyn Rowley, Madison Sansom, Carissa Hogan, Tyra Anderson, Braxton Shawara and Red Deer’s Avery Lajeunesse join the forwards.

“Some of the student-athletes have been more dominant goal scorers on their teams, so we’re hoping that will parlay into this season,” says Coulter. “Character and compete level are common traits that we see with all of our players, which makes us extremely happy.”

Madison Sansom is one of those added offensive weapons. The first-year Open Studies student from Saskatoon recorded 12 goals and 20 assists in 25 games with the Battlefords Sharks of the Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League (SFMAAAHL) a season ago. Another talented first-year forward, Carissa Hogan had 12 goals and 13 assists in 28 games with the Swift Current Wildcats, and Coulter views Hogan’s impact extending beyond the ice.

“We are finalizing our leadership group and we have seven girls – Camryn Wallan, Kirsten Baumgardt, Neisha Germann, Victoria Johnston, Sydnee Decorby, Ashley Sutherland and Carissa Hogan, a rookie on our team this year,” says Coulter. “That’s the group that we’re going to be working with, but we are open to adding more as we feel we have a lot of character in our room this year.”

The RDC Queens competed in six exhibition games, picking up three victories and some valuable playing time. The Queens defeated the SAIT Trojans 4-0, the Central Alberta Amazons 2-1 and the Olds College Broncos 3-1.

“Our girls have come in very good shape. The games that we’ve had in the exhibition season, we’ve been very happy with the compete level,” says Coulter. “They are an intelligent young group and are very willing to learn. We are trying to figure out some chemistry and how people play together.”

The Queens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Broncos, 5-2 game to the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns of U Sports, and a very close 1-0 contest to the defending champion MacEwan University Griffins, but they gained important preseason experience.

“The game that we played against MacEwan was a very good game. It had a lot of pace to it back and forth and I was happy that our girls were able to compete at that level,” says Coulter. “I think it helped our girls, especially the rookies, to see the pace and compete levels. MacEwan has been the champions for three years, so they’ve set the bar.”

The RDC Queens will open the season on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. against the Broncos in Olds. Then 24 hours later, the Queens will host the Broncos at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

“That should be a good series right off the bat,” says Camryn Wallan, a third-year forward from Beaverlodge. “We’re going to have to make sure that we use our speed, get pucks to the net and make sure we capitalize on our opportunities.”

After many practices, hours of training and six exhibition games, the RDC Queens are ready to begin the season.

“I’m excited to get started. We had our team builder on August 25 and 26, and we’ve been together for a while,” says Coulter. “All the girls are ready to compete.”

For more information on RDC Queens Hockey, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca

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