Cody Ferguson will be making the transition from Kodiaks goaltending coach back to student-athlete, as he has signed on with the Kodiaks men’s soccer program for the 2019 season.
Dec. 5, 2018 – Most coaches only dream of returning to the glory of their playing days.
For Lethbridge College Kodiaks goalkeeping coach Cody Ferguson, it will soon become a reality.
Kodiaks head coach Sean Carey has announced that Ferguson will rejoin the Kodiaks active roster as a goalkeeper in the fall of 2019.
Ferguson played for the Kodiaks in 2010-11, and again in 2013. He posted a 6-2-2 record in his final season before transitioning immediately into the Kodiaks men’s and women’s goaltending coach.
Ferguson says it was a “perfect storm” of circumstances that led to his decision to return.
“Personally, I own my own business right now so I’ve been looking at taking some business classes the last couple of years,” says Ferguson. “After talking to Sean [Carey] and some of the veterans on the team, it was a perfect time for me to take those classes and transition back into playing soccer.”
For Carey, adding a goaltender of Ferguson’s calibre and experience was a no-brainer.
“It’s a massive signing for our program,” says Carey. “Now that he’s ready with his business, he’ll get some courses to help him with that. It’s a win-win for everybody. He gets a lot out of it, and we do too.”
Widely considered one of the best keepers in southern Alberta, Carey sees the signing as a testament to the team’s changing culture. After making the ACAC semifinals last season, the Kodiaks are hoping a signing of Ferguson’s magnitude will signal to potential recruits that the team is serious about making a run at an ACAC championship.
“The culture of the program is definitely changing,” says Carey. “We’re trying to bring a new attitude to the program and attracting players like Cody is a testament to that. For him it was a no-brainer to come play here, whereas in year’s past we maybe couldn’t attract a player like that.”
“We’re hoping it has a snowball effect too for some other players that are looking to play. He’s a big name in our community and we hope some guys see that and know we’re serious for next year and want to be part of it.”
Ferguson plans to stay sharp by playing in the Alberta Major Soccer League (AMSL) over the summer and expects to be ready to perform at a high level when the ACAC season starts in September.
“I think it’ll be an easy transition,” says Ferguson. “I’ll be playing major league here [in the summer] to make sure I keep tuned up with the game, so hopefully the transition to the ACAC level isn’t too hard.”
As for what he’s looking forward to most, Ferguson says he can’t wait to get back to competing with his teammates.
“The biggest thing I’m looking forward to is getting back on the pitch with the lads and just having a good time. I really miss it and I’m looking forward to making Kodiaks country proud.”
The Kodiaks current roster has begun training for their Futsal season, which kicks off in January. Lethbridge College will host the 2019 ACAC Futsal Championships from March 15 to 17.