Brennan Van Nistelrooy was an essential component of the Okanagan Sun’s perfect 10-0 record during the 2015 regular season.
The on-field exploits of the 22-year Lethbridge product were recognized this week by the BCFC, as Van Nistelrooy was named winner of three major awards.
In addition to being chosen as the outstanding defensive player in the conference, he was also named the top defensive back and the top special teams player.
On defense, Van Nistelrooy recorded BCFC best six interceptions, 18 tackles, two blocked kicks, two knockdowns and one fumble recovery.
As the team’s punter, he kicked for 1,587 yards and a 33.8 yard average.
“Brennan is a natural leader and has had a great year for us,” said Sun head coach Shane Beatty. “He’s the kind of player who can do it all and does it well.”
Jonas Gering, 21, was named the conference’s outstanding lineman. Gering tallied 13 sacks, 16 tackles, four knockdowns and forced a pair of fumbles.
“He’s been consistent all year long, I’m really proud of him,” Beatty said. “He worked hard every day and was a beast on the field.”
On the other side of the ball, Cliff Crews was named the BCFC’s outstanding lineman.
Crews, 22, from Blaine, Wash., displayed his versatility with the Sun this season also playing on defense and special teams.
“Cliff is the epitome of a team player, he did it all for us this year,” Beatty said. “He’s a phenomenal player, he buys in and he’s a tremendous young man.”
And for the second straight year, Beatty was named the coach of the year in the BCFC.
After leading the Sun to a 9-1 mark in 2014, he followed it up with a perfect 10-0 this season.
“It means a lot, it shows how much work we put in as a staff and an organization, and just how hard the players work,” Beatty said. “I look at our team, and we’ve got a lot of really good players. There’s no coach of the year without them.”