Dec. 20, 2018 - Christmas has come early for the Kodiaks men’s volleyball team.
With his team on a well-deserved holiday break after completing a perfect 12-0 semester, Kodiaks men's volleyball head coach Greg Gibos is proud to announce Nolan Moes as his first commitment for 2019-20.
Moes is a 6’4 outside hitter from Barrhead Composite High School and is widely considered to have an extremely high ceiling at the collegiate level.
“Nolan is a dream recruit for our program,” says a very excited Gibos. “I know my assistant coaches were probably getting annoyed with how often I talked about Nolan, and the impact he would have within our program.”
Gibos first saw Moes compete during the 3A Provincial Championship in 2017.
“Nolan really stood out during this event. I think his physical skills are easily seen and measured, but what blew me away was his desire to win and compete. He was one of the most encouraging and competitive teammates I’ve ever seen,” says Gibos. “He really fits into what we are trying to build in our program. He’s got that certain fire that we know is going to translate into an amazing ACAC athlete.”
Moes helped guide his team to back-to-back 3A provincial championships – including one where Barrhead defeated the LCI Rams in the provincial semi-final. When Moes joins the Kodiaks in September, he will become teammates with several members of that LCI bronze medal team.
One of those players is current Kodiak Malcolm Fisher, who is extremely excited Moes is joining the program.
“Nolan was unstoppable in those provincial matches against us. He took over when it mattered the most and he was a tremendous competitor,” says Fisher, who is a first-year libero with the Kodiaks. “I know he’s going to be a tremendous addition to our team and I can’t wait to be his teammate.”
Moes is a product of the Alberta provincial team program, as he was identified to the try-out process as a U16 athlete. Gibos feels strongly that Moes has the potential to be one of the strongest players in his recruiting class.
“In my mind Nolan is a top three outside player in the province for this age group,” says Gibos. “I know it’s a competitive process – but I really think he has what it takes to be the best left side player in this recruiting class. Everything he does is at such a high level, and we are so fortunate he’s chosen to start his post-secondary career at Lethbridge College.”
With the Kodiaks starting the 2018-19 season with a record breaking 12-0 record, Gibos believes the winning reputation and culture of the program has made Lethbridge College a desired destination.
“Nolan was a heavily recruited athlete and I think it speaks volumes to our program that he’s chosen to be here. He believes in this program, and really wants to win as a Kodiak.”
Moes shined at U of A Grassroots Game
Moes has been recognized at the provincial team level, as well as being invited to the compete in the prestigious University of Alberta Grassroots Game earlier this season. The match is an invitation-only game featuring the best athletes from across the province who have been identified by post-secondary coaches.
Not only was Moes invited to the competition but he took home the award for the “Hardest Hitter/Bounce Off Champion.”
Gibos confirmed that “Nolan is an extremely strong, physical athlete. He’s got an extremely heavy arm, that will end rallies in the ACAC. He’s going to be a big piece of this program for the future.”
Combining post-secondary education with a passion for the outdoors
In addition to volleyball, Moes was also drawn to Lethbridge College on account of its academic reputation. He will enter the Renewable Resource Management Program, allowing him to turn his love of the outdoors and active lifestyle into a profession.
Moes is excited to join a group of Kodiaks who are currently ranked second in the CCAA Rankings and spoke again to the strong character in the Kodiaks culture.
“One of the big selling features was the athletes who are currently involved in the program,” says Moes. “I can’t wait to get into the gym and start working with such an exciting group of guys. I think it’s going to be really rewarding, and special experience together. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for the team and I.”
The year ahead
Moes will now begin his 2019 club season with one of the best teams in the country, the FOG U18 team.
“Nolan has a tremendous opportunity this club season,” says Gibos. “He is going to get to practice with arguably one of the best teams and coaching staff in the country. I know he’s going to be training at an extremely high level and this is only going to further his develop as an athlete.”
All things seem to be looking up for the Kodiaks men’s volleyball program, and Gibos sees the signing as another character addition.
“When we are looking for future Kodiaks, we are looking for the type of person that I know Nolan is. Nolan is someone who is motivated, driven, and focused on the team success. At this level you we don’t often see the maturity and passion that Nolan has for his team. He was able to stand out at the highest level because of these rare traits. It’s not often you walk into a provincial tournament, and see an athlete stand out as much as Nolan did.”
“He’s been our number one target as an outside player, and I truly believe he is going to be successful at whatever he does. I am thrilled that he’s a Kodiak, and I know he’s going to do some big things in this program and for this school.”
The Kodiaks will resume their season with a rivalry matchup after the holiday break, opening their 2019 schedule against the Medicine Hat Rattlers on Jan. 10.