CCAA News: VIU's Tony Bryce is Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year

March 15, 2012 - 3:08am

Tony Bryce of the VIU Mariners is the 2012 CCAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

The VIU Mariners finished the PACWEST regular season with a strong 15-1 record, and advanced to the gold-medal game at the 2012 PACWEST Men’s Basketball Championship.

Bryce is an NCCP-certified basketball coach whose past players include current and former CCAA All-Canadians Jacob Thom and Andrew Kaban, as well as several athletes now competing abroad. He’s developed a junior Mariner development program and participates in local coaching clinics and community fundraisers. He encourages his athletes’ academic progress and in five seasons has never had a VIU player become academically ineligible.

Bryce’s coaching goal is to “develop young men who are responsible both on and off the court. I try to push my players to accomplish things they never thought possible, both individually and as a group.”

The other nominees for 2012 CCAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year were Jim Barclay of the Centennial Colts, Thierry Paul of the Indiens d’Ahuntsic, Rick Plato of the MSVU Mystics and Paul Sir of the Concordia Thunder.

Bryce received the award Wednesday, March 14 during the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet at the 2012 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in Truro, N.S. CCAA Coach of the Year recipients receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.

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