May 28, 2019 - The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s volleyball program is excited to add another local talent to next season’s roster, as head coach Greg Gibos has announced the commitment of Jack Gaehring from Catholic Central High School.
Gaehring is a highly touted 6’6 right side hitter with previous provincial team experience and has been recognized as a first team SAHSVL All-Star.
Gibos is confident his new recruit will make a huge impact on his program moving forward.
“Jack brings a really high level of thinking and shot making to our program,” says Gibos. “He’s an extremely intelligent young man and I know he’s going to accomplish some big things both academically and athletically.”
Jack was an integral member of a Catholic Central Cougars team that captured the 4A zone championship last season. He has also gone through the LVC club system and been part of the Junior Kodiaks program for the last two years.
“Jack is a big strong, physical, left handed attacker,” describes Gibos. “His growth over the past two years has been impressive. It’s a testament to how much work he puts into his craft.”
Gibos has previous experience coaching his newest recruit at the club level, which is where Gaehring left a lasting impression on his new coach.
“I was able to coach Jack last season during the club cycle and I was always impressed with his thirst for knowledge and drive to continually improve himself,” says Gibos. “His passion and love for the game and his teammates is really contagious. Although he may come across as a soft-spoken guy sometimes, he really does have a voice on his team and his teammates genuinely care about him.”
Aside from his time at CCH and LVC, Jack was invited to attend the U17 Team Alberta identification camp last season. This is an elite selection process where only the top athletes in the province receive invitations.
“I think it goes to show how much work and improvement Jack has created in the last 12 months,” says Gibos. “He wasn’t an invite in 2017, but through constant self betterment and drive he pushed himself to becoming one of the best right-side attackers in the province. We are very fortunate that he has chosen to stay home and attend Lethbridge College. I believe that Jack can become an elite ACAC contributor and be a big piece of our Kodiak Culture moving forward.”
Excited to join his new team
Jack’s excitement to join the Kodiaks stems from a desire to join the team’s strong culture.
“I’m very thrilled to be playing for the Kodiaks next year,” says Gaehring. “I believe we have a great group of guys who always want to get better. There’s also a coaching staff here who are looking to improve the team. I’ve played with many of the athletes before and we have had great chemistry. I can’t wait to continue and learn in this environment and become a contributor to the team’s success.”
Gaehring will join fellow Junior Kodiak alum Jeremiah Bohnert on the Kodiaks roster next season. Bohnert has expressed his excitement at being reunited with his former teammate.
“Jack is such a good person and a great volleyball player,” says Bohnert. “I know he’s going to continue to strive for greatness because I’ve seen how bad he wants to get better. His desire to become an elite player will help push our practices and continue on our culture of relentlessness here at the college. I can’t wait to welcome him to our program.”
Gibos can’t wait to see Gaehring in action next season, especially with his team slated to host the ACAC championship tournament for the first time.
“Jack is another local athlete who has really become an elite player across the province. We love when dedicated local athletes want to stay home and represent the Kodiak logo,” says Gibos. “Jack is going to be another key part of our success in the future. I believe he will only continue to get better and develop into an excellent young man. I can’t wait to see what he can begin accomplishing while wearing a Kodiak jersey.”
Gaehring will pursue a diploma in Lethbridge College's well regarded Civil Engineering Technology program when classes begin in the fall.