June 19, 2018 - Kodiaks men’s volleyball coach Greg Gibos is excited to announce the signing of local standout Michael Kindley.
Kindley has been a member of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Rams for the past three years and will bring excellent ball control with a high ceiling of offensive potential from the left side position. He was a left side on the Provincial U18 Volleyball Alberta silver medalist Junior Kodiaks this past club season.
“It’s really thrilling we have the opportunity to have Michael join us next year with the Kodiaks,” said Gibos. “Michael was one of the first individuals I spoke to about possibly joining us next season. Rarely do I see athletes who are as well rounded as Michael. We are lucky he has chosen us to continue his post-secondary education at Lethbridge College.”
Along with his talent displayed on the court, Gibos mentioned he is equally impressed by what Kindley has accomplished in the classroom and community.
“Michael is the type of kid who could be the valedictorian of his high school and win athlete of the year. He is extremely motivated academically, athletically and in the community. If I had to build a prototype of the type of young man we want in our program Michael would check every box,” said Gibos.
Gibos confident Kindley can make an immediate impact
After watching him progress through the high school and club seasons, Gibos belives Kindley can adapt quickly to the collegiate game.
“Michael possess all the physical tools to be successful in the ACAC. He is a highly functioning 6’4 left side who can pass and end a rally. He has the ability to be a consistent serve receive athlete, as well a punishing attacker,” raves Gibos. “Michael not only scores points based off his physical ability, but he sees the play really well and is able to make defenses adjust to him. Throughout his club season, I constantly heard people compliment how intelligent Michael looks at the game.”
A multi-sport athlete throughout high school, Kindley excelled at more than just volleyball during his time at LCI. He competed in Badminton Zones while also performing well enough to compete in the High Jump at the ASAA Provincial Championships.
When speaking about the Kodiaks, Kindley was quick to point out what attracted him to Lethbridge College was the sense of community provided by Kodiaks Athletics.
“The volleyball community the Kodiaks have developed has been a big draw to the program for me,” said Kindley. “I look forward to continuing the development of this community while competing in the sport I love at a high level. I’m just excited to get in that gym and compete with some of the best players and people in the country. It’s going to be an amazing experience and I can’t wait to get going.”
When classes begin in the fall, Michael plans on taking General Studies classes with a science focus, while also attending classes at the University of Lethbridge. Together these courses will work towards his goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Science, which may in turn lead towards a career in the medical field.
Kindley’s community involvement left huge impression
Throughout the past few seasons, Kindley has integrated himself into the volleyball community in Lethbridge. Gibos mentions he has volunteered at STARS camps and is consistently around the LCI gym helping to grow younger athletes and giving back to the community.
“We expect our athletes to always be all in,” explains Gibos. “That means giving it your all in the classroom, on the court and in the community. Michael is someone who has always pushed himself in every aspect of his life and we know he will continue to do so as a Kodiak.”
Kindley is one of multiple former LCI Rams players to join the Kodiaks next season.
“Michael was another kid that was heavily recruited in the province. We are extremely fortunate he chose to take our offer and stay home with several of his own teammates to continue growing our community in Southern Alberta, says Gibos. “We know he has an extremely high ceiling and now it’s going to be our job to help him reach his potential. More importantly, we know the type of kid he is, and the influence our program he will make on several levels. He’s the total package, and we’re looking forward to watching him grow over the next couple of years.”
The Kodiaks are coming off a campaign that saw them earn their first ever postseason victory. The team will announce their 2018-19 schedule in the coming weeks, with their first ACAC conference match to be played in early October.