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Former Director of Student Affairs, hockey coach, and Athletics Director, Dr. Robert Day.
Former Director of Student Affairs, hockey coach, and Athletics Director, Dr. Robert Day.
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Building a university-calibre athletics program

Starting as a program competing in church leagues, to the home of nationally ranked teams, the history of King’s athletics is one of soaring to new heights.

Starting as a program competing in church leagues, to the home of nationally ranked teams, the history of King’s athletics is one of soaring to new heights.

Fall 1983 marked the arrival of Dr. Robert Day, Registrar and Director of Student Affairs, and with it, a real heart and vision for what an athletics program at King’s could look like. Dr. Day had an idea of
exponential growth for King’s as an institution, a multisport athletics program was a major component in this vision.

“Bob Day was my personal mentor, even before I came to King’s,” says King’s Director of Athletics, Grace Scott. “It’s truly because of his vision and perseverance for King’s as a whole that we have the programs we have now.”

Dr. Day brought with him, a wealth of coaching experience from his time on staff with the University of Alberta Golden Bears and was instrumental in securing membership in the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference (ACAC) and Canadian Colleges Athletics Association (CCAA) for new teams such as men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball.

Most importantly, Day founded an athletics program at King’s built upon personal relationships, faith, and mentorship.

“Bob’s passion for King’s was evident in his care for students. He wanted to see them
succeed in all areas of life.” explains Scott.

This foundation is carried forward by King’s current athletics staff who not only pour into student athletes’ physical skills, but also commit to being a constant presence available for athletes in search of life coaching and mentoring. With this same focus on mentorship and fostering a heart for community building, King’s athletics program continues to be mission fit – creating leaders who build a more just, humane, and sustainable world through sport.

“I am extremely grateful for my coaches here at King’s,” says 3rd year Eagles soccer player, Antonio Krajancic. “They have helped me grow exponentially, not only as a player but also as a person.”

Today, King’s is pushing the boundaries of athletic excellence and regularly produces nationally ranked teams. Women’s volleyball has broken King’s records by winning gold at provincials in the 2018-2019 season, progressing to the CCAA National tournament for the second time in team
history, and coming home with a silver medal. Badminton men’s singles also competed in the CCAA National tournament and earned a bronze medal.

The 2019-2020 women’s volleyball team is currently ranked 1st in the ACAC North Division, men’s volleyball are placed 3rd, and Eagles basketball teams are not far behind with the women’s and men’s team ranked 5th and 6th respectively. Men’s and women’s soccer both finished their 2019 season with a trip to the ACAC championships.

When funding becomes available, there are big dreams for the program. King’s hopes to expand staffing to include a recreation coordinator on campus whose time will be fully committed to establishing a multisport, recreational athletics program on campus.

There is also a vision for a new athletics and recreation complex which would provide new opportunities to expand both academic and athletic program offerings.

“My heart for this program when I started was to continue on Bob Day’s vision for King’s. I am pleased to see how athletics has developed and furthered Bob’s vision. I want athletics to continue to be about King’s growth, to work for the success of all students, and to see God’s continued provision for this place,” says Scott.

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