The 2016 summer has been busy for Brock Athletics. There have been a couple coaching changes to the Baseball and Women’s Rugby program, and with a coaching vacancy still existing with Women’s Basketball. Nonetheless, the list of athletes committing to Brock has continued to grow this summer. Brock has seen a large number of athletes commit to their athletic programs this summer and below you can find an updated list of the newest athletes and coaches.
Mark LePage: After long-time manager Jeff Lounsbury announced his retirement from Brock Baseball, LePage was hired on to take over the program. LePage began his career with Brock in 1995 as an assistant coach and later went on to manage the Guelph Gryphons from 2000-2002. He since returned to Brock and has been one of the best hitting coaches in the OUA. LePage will now look to continue the program success as he takes over the managing duties.
David Davidson: Only a couple weeks after being hired as manager, LePage began to build his coaching staff. Davidson will be the Badgers new pitching coach after a short stint in the MLB. The left-hander was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB Draft. He pitched three innings over his career, striking out three. He’s also played for team Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Jono Marcheterre: A former Badger from the late-1990s. Marcheterre was part of the Badgers 1999 National Championship team.
Brock Men’s Basketball
Daniel Cayer: A 6’6 forward, Cayer was the first recruit for Brock Men’s Basketball heading into the recruiting summer. The Montreal native attended John Abbott College ahead of his post-secondary commitment to Brock.
Moe Ismail: After taking a year off with the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s, Moe Ismail has transferred to the Brock Badgers. Ismail will be a three point threat off the bench for the Badgers, creating much needed depth. In his three seasons with the Gee-Gee’s, Ismail averaged 5.2 points, while shooting 40 per cent from the field and 39.8 per cent from three. He won the OUA Championship with Ottawa during the 2014-2015 season.
Cassidy Ryan: After two seasons as a NCAA D-1 talent, Ryan returns back to Ontario to be closer to family. The 6’7 big man played for the Canisius Golden Griffs in Buffalo, where he scored 72 points and had 41 rebounds in 44 games played.
Trevor Thompson: Another transfer athlete, Thompson played three seasons with the Guelph Gryphons before making the decision to come to Brock. Thompson played 62 games with Guelph, starting in 37 of those games. He averaged 7.9 points on 39 per cent shooting in 19.6 minutes.
Patrick Sullivan and Frank Mete: Head coach Charles Kissi made a couple new acquisitions to his coaching staff for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Sullivan comes over from having coached 16 seasons at Saint Francis Catholic in St. Catharines. He coached the senior boys team and won six OFSAA medals, including a gold in the 2014-15 season. Sullivan also played for Brock during his playing career and won a national title in 1992. Mete was an assistant coach at Welland high school Notre Dame College School. He has also been a huge figure within Ontario Basketball’s program and a head coach at the AAU circuit.
Ethan Doig: An Egmondville, Ontario native, Doig played the skip position for his High School where he won two Gore Schoolboy Provincial titles.
Steven Molnar: Molnar helped skip his team to a 2016 OCA Junior Men’s Provincial U-21 Championship.
Malcolm McLeod: A gold medal at both the Brock Open and Ontario Provincial Championships and a bronze at the Eastern Canadian Championships, McLeod is a talent to watch. Ranked fourth in Ontario and seventh in Canada as a junior, the Beamsville, Ontario native is a strong pick up for Brock.
Brock Men’s Hockey
Andrew Radjenovic: A former Brock Badger is back with the men’s hockey team after a season in the ECHL. Radjenovic played three seasons with the Badgers previously from 2012-2015, where he scored 36 goals and had 35 assists in 76 games. He then played a season with the Bakersfield Condors, chasing his dream to play professionally. In 22 games he scored five goals and had 3 assists with the Condors. He recently played in the ACH with Stoney Creek.
Dexter Weber: With the departures of defencemen Dan Tanel and Jake Cardwell, the Badgers were getting thin at the blueline. Weber is a two-way defenceman that’ll strength the Badgers on both ends. The 20-year old played four seasons in the QMJHL, two seasons each with Drummondville and Charlottetown. He had 11 goals and 85 assists, but more impressively was a +27.
Matt MacLeod: After five seasons in the OHL, MacLeod jumped into CIS hockey with St. Thomas University of the AUS last season. The right winger from Niagara Falls, Ontario played four seasons with the formerly known Brampton Battalion’s and a season with the now North Bay Battalion’s, where he scored 54 goals and had 63 assists. With St. Thomas this past season, MacLeod had 16 points.
Brock Women’s Hockey
Annie Berg: A 17-year old team Canada player is set to change Brock Women’s Hockey for the better. The Beamsville, Ontario native turned down a Division-1 NCAA scholarship from St. Lawrence University. She played for Canada at the IIHF U-18 Women’s World Championship in 2016. Her father, Bill Berg, played ten seasons in the NHL.
Brock Men’s Lacrosse
Alex Pace: Coming over from Nova Scotia, Pace has an impressive resume. He was named LNS Male Athlete of the year, Rookie of the Year in 2015 in the ECJLL, was a member of the U-18 Nova Scotia Men’s field team and a member of the U-17 Team Canada box team.
Connor Aquanno: With great speed and agility, Aquanno started playing box lacrosse at the age of five and field lacrosse at age 11. He also comes over from Nova Scotia.
Dylan Laprade: Laprade played junior A lacrosse with the Barrie Lakeshores.
Kyle Pedwell: A St. Catharines native who plays the attack position transfers to Brock after spending two years at Detroit College. He was on the Detroit Titans roster, but never saw any action. Pedwell earned a spot on the Detroit Athletic Director’s Honour Roll while attending the college.
Adam Kirchmayer: A Welland, Ontario native, Kirchmayer transfers to Brock after a year with the Guelph Gryphons. In 12 games he had one assist.
Brett McKinnon: Mckinnon is a 6’1, 220 pound pure athlete.
Mackenzie Mitchell: A transfer from Carleton, Mitchell played eight games this past season with the Ravens, scoring 11 goals and 13 total points.
Josh Harris: A St. Catharines native played four seasons with the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers. Harris played 60 games, scoring four goals and seven assists. His best season with the Tigers was 2016, where he scored all four of his goals and picked up four assists.
Tyler Rehanek: A team Ontario player was the recipient of the Ryan Haber Memorial Award in 2013 among the Ontario Minor Field Lacrosse League.
Brock Men’s Rugby
Craig Dawe: A U-17 Ontario and National player joined the Badgers on March 6
Josh Gilchrist: Played for the Eastern Ontario U-16 team in 2014 and signed with the Badgers on March 7.
Connor Butler: An inside center who played for Quebec U-18 in the Eastern Canadian Championships in 2015. He was also invited to attend Rugby Canada National U-17 camp and won MVP with Quebec Rugby U-16 in 2013.
Brock Women’s Rugby
Stefanie Pavlovich: A former Brock athlete herself, Pavlovich was hired as the new Brock Women’s Rugby coach on March 8. She currently helps out Rugby Canada’s Rookie Program, is the head coach for Niagara Wasps U-18 girls program and the head coach of Grimsby Secondary School boy’s and girl’s rugby team. Pavlovich played four seasons with Brock back in the mid-2000’s and was named an OUA All-Star in 2007 and 2009. She was also named the First Team CIS All-Canadian in 2007.
Brock Women’s Soccer
Marilena Spagnolo: A St. Catharines native, Spagnolo will add depth as a goalkeeper. She currently plays for the St. Catahrines Jets U21 provincial team.
Cassandra Stirpe: From Niagara Falls, Stirpe is a midfielder and has two OFSAA silver medals.
Kandis Klipich: Also from Niagara Falls, Kilpich is a defender. She was the captain for her high school team, and led them to two OFSAA silver medals.
Cassandra Belme: The seconder midfielder the Badgers have added and third athlete from Niagara Falls. Belme plays for the Niagara United U21 in the OWSL.
Brock Men’s Volleyball
Lucas Filice: Plays for the Pakmen Volleyball club in Mississauga as a rightside hitter.
Joel Lillicrop: A leftside hitter who played for the Kitchener-Waterloo Predators
Alex Carter: Can play both leftside and setter, as shown with his time with the Aurora Storm.
Brock Women’s Volleyball
Emily Armstrong: An Oshawa, Ontario native, Armstrong played for the Durham Attack 16-U. The setter led the team to both a provincial and national championship, and was named an all-star. Moving up to 17-U, Armstrong started at setter for Durham, where she won national MVP.
Julia Balatbat: A Scarborough, Ontario native, Balatbat played libero for Pakmen volleyball.
Amy Cureton: A Cambridge, Ontario native, Cureton played for the Cambridge Scorpians. The middle/outside hitter is a 6’2 athlete.