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Brady making the move to varsity

With this year’s volleyball season over, Brady Cole is already making a move to varsity competition.

Cole, in his senior year of high school, helped lead the Clarenville High Cougars to four championships and a second-place finish in the 4A School Sports NL provincial tournament.
He recently signed a commitment with Lakeland College in Alberta.

The six-foot seven-inch middle’s volleyball career started eight years ago when he first got involved in the sport.

With encouragement from neighbour and teammate John Button, Brady decided to take his game to the next level. Practising and playing more, it was quickly evident he was a force on the court with a natural talent for the game.

About a month ago, Lakeland recognized the talent in the 17-year-old and made him the offer to come to Vermillion, Alberta and play for them.

Cole will now spend the off-season working towards the upcoming season with the Rustlers.

Brady told The Packet that he’ll need to work on his strength and footwork in preparation.  He’ll be joining a team that went 6-18 last season after an injury-riddled year.

Head coach Taylor Dyer said expectations for the new year will be the same as ever: make the playoffs and have a good finish. And that goal is realistic, as the Rustlers were able to beat everyone in their division except for number one seed Keyano College.

Dyer says Cole will certainly help the team do just that.  “Brady brings a tremendous amount of athleticism and size. His potential as a middle blocker in our conference is through the roof,” said Dyer.
“For the fall, the hope is that Brady pushes himself and is able to provide some serious competition for the middle blocker position and, at the very least, give us some depth at the position.”

Brady will be the third Newfoundlander to commit with the Rustlers in two years.

He will join Gander native Aaron Collins, a six-foot left side on the roster.

Cole plans on studying heavy oil petroleum engineering while at Lakeland. He noted this change will be difficult but he’s excited for what’s to come and thanks former coaches and teammates who helped him along the way. Cole credited coach Brian Bennett as the individual who showed him he can be a dominant player that can play varsity level ball.

Former teammate John Button says he’s proud of the player Cole has become.

“I had the privilege of watching him grow to be the unbelievable volleyball player he is today. Having him as a teammate for my senior year was a treat. I'm super proud of what he has accomplished and can't wait to see what's next for the big fella.”

Robert Greeley
The Packet

Posted:  June 15, 2017

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