Brock Athletics: What you missed over the summer

As summer comes to an end, Brock Athletics is set to take back to the field, pitch, diamond and gym. However, the department didn’t lack in any off-field news. Many of Brock’s programs made coaching changes and added multiple recruits to boost their teams.

Bob Davis Gym /

Bob Davis Gym /

The first edition of The Brock Press will get you up to speed with new players and the exciting news that took place over the summer within Brock Athletics. So here’s what you missed:

Men’s Basketball

Charles Kissi, Brock Men’s Basketball head coach, made some changes to his coaching staff during the offseason. The fourth-year coach added two local assistant coaches with impressive resumes.

Patrick Sullivan is a former senior boys’ basketball head coach at Saint Francis Catholic School in St. Catharines. Sullivan coached 16 successful seasons with the school, in which his teams captured 12 Zone four titles, 10 SOSSA Championships and six OFSAA medals.

The second coach added to the staff is Frank Mete. An assistant coach for two-years at Notre Dame College School under head coach Mike Rao, Mete brings an impressive work ethic to the Badgers. During his time with Notre Dame, the team produced a 54-13 record. Most recently, Mete was the head coach of the under-19 Junior Men’s team for the Welland Warriors Club.

Kissi also brought in experienced talent to join the Badgers after a couple key rotation players graduated last season. Moe Ismail transfers after taking a year off with the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s, Ryan Cassidy spent two seasons with NCAA D-1 school Canisius Golden Griffs and Trevor Thompson is a transfer from the Guelph Gryphons.

Women’s Basketball

With the sudden release of head coach Si Khounviseth after the last season, Brock Athletics turned to a new chapter with its women’s program. After a thorough process, the program is now under the helm of a former CIS player and veteran assistant coach.

Ashley MacSporran, played in the OUA with the Laurentian Voyageurs and was known as a three-point shooter. MacSporran was also recruited by Brock’s program back in her playing days, before she eventually picked the Voyageurs.

MacSporran has OUA coaching experience as she was an assistant with the Guelph Gryphons and most recently the Windsor Lancers.

Women’s Volleyball

Head coach of the women’s volleyball program Dale Ann Melnick made major recruiting announcements this summer, as the team got younger and more talented. Former NCAA D-1 talent Darby Taylor decided to return home and choose Brock as her destination to continue her playing career, but most importantly her education.

Taylor is a Thorold, Ontario native, who stands 6’2 and recorded 159 kills and 125 digs in 18 matches during her rookie season with Siena University.

Taylor’s playing days in Canada included representing team Ontario at the 2015 Canadian Summer Games. She led Eden High School to the OFSAA AA Championship in 2014, and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in both 2013 and 2014. She played club volleyball for Niagara Rapids and Halton Hurricanes, who she guided to a 16U Provincial Championship.

Men’s Volleyball

After a 15-year absence, the Men’s Volleyball program will be returning back to the OUA. The announcement was made early November of last year, but with the OUA schedule officially released the excitement is beginning to grow.

The men will be back on the court on November 11 against Trent University. The Badgers true test will come early in the season when they play McMaster, last season’s OUA champions.

High Performance Centre

Brock made a major announcement late last week, which will enhance not only the programs at Brock, but also give students another option to keeping in shape along with The Zone. Brock announced a new peak performance-training program to hit Brock within the months to come.

Steve Lidstone, former strength and conditioning coordinator, is leaving McMaster University to join the Brock’s Athletic Department in hopes of sparking a new way of training by implementing a High Performance Centre here at Brock.

The 3,000-square-foot facility is being built inside Brock’s Gym 2, where it will house state-of-the-art strength, conditioning and training equipment meant to get athletes from inside and outside Brock into physical top form.

While the centre will prioritize mainly on varsity athletes, it will also be available to Brock staff, other student-athletes, and Kinesiology students at appropriate times.

This was only some of the major news that came out of Brock Athletics this summer. To catch-up on fall sports continue to read the sports section as our other articles touch on Brock soccer, lacrosse, baseball and rugby.

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