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Lakeland’s Alan Rogan earns national accolade

Lakeland College’s athletic department earned another accolade to close out the 2016-17 season. Alan Rogan, Lakeland’s athletic director, was named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Athletic Director of the Year.

Recognizing an athletic director who made significant contributions to their institution, the conference and campus community throughout the academic year, Rogan was selected by his peers as recipient during the CCAA Hall of Fame banquet in Abbotsford, BC, on Tuesday, June 6.

 “It’s pretty humbling. There are so many great athletic directors across the country who have simultaneously elevated their institutions and their programs. For my peers to say Lakeland is the one, that’s pretty cool,” says Rogan, who has been with the Rustlers’ athletic program for 25 years, serving as athletic director for the past 10. “The great thing about this award is that it’s not just for me, it’s for the athletic program as a whole. To accomplish all of the great things we have, wouldn’t be possible without our highly dedicated staff, student-athletes, volunteers and sponsors.”

 In May, Rogan received the distinction of being named the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference’s (ACAC) Athletic Director of the Year at the organization’s annual general meeting in Calgary.

Under his direction, the Rustlers teams have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement as evidenced by two
 CCAA Academic All-Canadians and 11 players named ACAC All-Conference – including a few named ACAC All-Stars, one being Stefan Cukovic who also earned the ACAC’s Player of the Year accolade. In addition, men’s soccer coach Kevin Wagner was named the ACAC’s southern conference Coach of the Year. Upon the conclusion of the 2015-16 season, 18 student-athletes received the CCAA National Scholar award.

Other areas also saw significant success under Rogan’s leadership. The women’s volleyball program earned an ACAC championship title on home court before capturing the college’s first-ever CCAA national championship title in Victoria, BC.

“Alan has earned the respect of his peers and student-athletes through hard work, dedication, trust and competency,” says David Munro, CCAA VP sport development. “Alan has a strong feel for all aspects and levels of athletics and as a result takes special pride in nurturing student-athletes to be the best they can be on and off the court.”

Rogan encourages department engagement in the community. A few of the Rustlers teams’ involvements include the Rustlers Club volleyball program (under-13 to under-19), Lakeland Rustlers United Soccer Program and hosting curling clinics involving the Rustlers curling teams. Rogan served as head coach of the St. Jerome’s Catholic School volleyball team in Vermilion. He has been a longtime CCAA executive committee member, a former ACAC executive committee member and currently serves as an ACAC sports convener as well as maintaining membership on many ACAC committees.

The Lakeland College Rustlers have 12 teams competing in six sports within the ACAC, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal, cross-country running and curling. Lakeland also has intercollegiate rodeo and rowing teams.

Posted:  June 8, 2017

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