The CBC Bearcats have hired Rebecca Garner to take over the women’s volleyball program. (Submitted)

The CBC Bearcats have hired Rebecca Garner to take over the women’s volleyball program. (Submitted)

CBC Bearcats hire Rebecca Garner as women’s volleyball head coach

Abbotsford-based team hires former Bearcat, Briercrest star to lead program

Rebecca Garner is the new head coach of the Columba Bible College Bearcats women’s volleyball team.

The school made the announcement on May 28, noting that she will take over from former head coach Duncan Harrison immediately.

Garner played two years for the Bearcats women’s team before transferring to Saskatchewan’s Briercrest College to complete a humanities degree. Earlier this year, Garner’s team won the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship and Garner was named the ACAC tournament’s most valuable player. Garner also received the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Chuck Gullickson Exemplary Leadership Award both in 2019 and 2020. She was also a CCAA nationals tournament all-star and an ACAC all-conference outside hitter for the season.

Mike Teeter, the director of athletics and recreation at CBC, said Garner will be a good fit.

“I know Rebecca will do a terrific job with the young women that are a part of our women’s volleyball program. Her upbeat, passionate and joyful personality are contagious,” he stated.

Jason Warkentin, the CBC men’s volleyball coach, said Garner has the right mentality to succeed as a coach.

“Becky is a passionately committed individual who pushes those around her towards excellence,” he said. “As a coach, she has directed the Action Beach Volleyball Program the past three years, coached at Volleyball BC’s Baden Cup and has led numerous volleyball camps. Becky is a relational individual who has a constant desire to get better as a coach and leader and expects the same from those around her.”

Along with announcing Garner as the new head coach for women’s volleyball, CBC has hired Ryan Adams as a mentor coach for Garner. Adams, an Athletes in Actions Volleyball staff member since 2006 has also been a former youth national team head coach and will be the head coach for Team BC at the 2021 Canada Summer Games. Adams has also been a head coach at the collegiate level and an assistant coach multiple times for U Sports teams.

The CBC Bearcats women’s volleyball team finished last season with a record of 2-22, and failed to make the Pacwest playoffs.

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