Five Rams now committed to play volleyball for Lethbridge Kodiaks
By Garrett Simmons
Lethbridge School District No. 51
Michal Kindley is set to join the LCI Kodiaks - make that, the LC Kodiaks.
You could excuse the confusion, since a total of five members of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Rams have now committed to join Lethbridge College next season.
Kindley’s signing follows commitments from Rams seniors Max Baceda, Malcolm Fisher, Lucas Knitel-Althen and Nate Heyburn, who are also set to join the Kodiaks and coach Greg Gibos.
“We’re very happy Michael chose to stay home with us,” said Gibos. “We’re getting a highly-intelligent athlete. I think the biggest thing that separates Michael is his really high IQ for the sport.”
Gibos added his new 6’4” left side will benefit from playing with Dax Whitehead, who recorded 277 kills in 24 matches from his left side position.
“We’re looking for him to come in and solidify that position for us. Michael is going to be learning from one of the best.”
The Kodiaks coach, whose 2018 recruiting class now includes eight players, expects Kindley to one day become a solid contributor.
“He’s someone that’s going to grow and develop as he continues to learn the game at a high level.”
Kindley, who is set to take General Studies at the college, with an eye towards a Bachelor of Science degree down the road, said joining the Kodiaks was a natural progression for himself.
“Just growing up here, they have really developed the volleyball community in Lethbridge, and I’m really excited to be part of that.”
Of course, being able to play with four LCI teammates was a huge draw.
“We’ve been playing together since we were in Grade 7, which makes a big difference.”
A high school league all-star, who helped the Rams capture two provincial bronze medals, Kindley added he is set to bring his college team some of the same intangibles which proved beneficial to the Rams.
“I think consistency and calmness, and holding things together,” he said about the personality traits he hopes transfer to bring the college game.
As for his goals for next season, the LCI standout added he’s hoping to pick up as much as he can from the Kodiaks veterans.
“I want to learn and soak up all I can from the older guys and be ready for my second year.”
Date posted: June 12, 2018