Wednesday signing brings total to four Rams for Kodiaks volleyball team

By Garrett Simmons

Lethbridge School District No. 51

Communications Officer

Call them the Fantastic Four.

As Nate Heyburn put pen to paper on Wednesday, he became the fourth Lethbridge Collegiate Institute senior to officially sign on to play volleyball at Lethbridge College.

He joins Maxwell Baceda, Malcolm Fisher and Lucas Knitel-Althen, as Rams players set to become Kodiaks.

All four players are set to bring something different to the table for the Kodiaks, as coach Greg Gibos praised one phase in particular of Heyburn’s game.

“I really think Nate is one of the most intelligent volleyball players to come out of this area in quite some time,” said Gibos, who added in time, Heyburn will be like an assistant coach out on the floor.

But it’s also the LCI senior’s versatility which caught the attention of the Kodiaks.

“Nate can play left side, right side, libero,” said Gibos. “He can contribute in a lot of different ways.”

The Kodiaks coach added this is likely the first time the college’s recruiting class has included four seniors from the same high school, as Gibos added the program is putting a large focus on discovering and developing local talent.

As for Heyburn, Gibos is just as excited about what the LCI senior can bring to the college off the court.

“The big thing is he’s a great kid. Our program is full of good players and good people, and this signing fits into what we want in our program.”

Heyburn, who patrolled the left side for the Rams in 2017 for the bronze-medal-winning LCI team, made a position switch last season, after he played right side throughout Grade 10 and Grade 11.

But that wasn’t the only adjustment he had to make, as he added LCI coach Jessica St. Goddard challenged Heyburn to take a more active role.

“I learned to be a leader from Jess, and from my role on the team the last few years,” said Heyburn, who added he’s going to have to make further adjustments to thrive at the college level. “The ball speed is definitely going to be one of the bigger things to adjust to.”

With that in mind, Heyburn added he’s looking to do whatever it takes to make an impact on the court at the college level.

“I just want to play, work hard and see what happens.”

Heyburn is set to pursue a diploma in the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program at the college.

Date posted: March 7, 2018