Heat women’s volleyball head coach Steve Manuel is one of six recipients of the 2015 UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence.
Hosted each academic year by Deborah Buszard, UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Okanagan campus, the awards “…offer an opportunity to come together and honour the commitment UBC staff display every day in providing students and faculty the ingredients for success.”
In 2011, when UBC Okanagan joined Canadian Interuniversity Sport — the highest level of amateur competition in Canada — Manuel’s team missed the playoffs by a single point.
For the past two seasons, the Heat women’s volleyball team has been in the Final Four in the Canada West conference. Manuel consistently demonstrates to his team what it takes to achieve success at this level.
His work has paid off, as for the past two years, the women’s volleyball squad has been nationally ranked in the top five for the bulk of the season.
Manuel, who is originally from New Brunswick, is in his 15th seasonal as head coach of UBCO’s varsity women’s program.
He was named Canada West and CIS coach of the year in 2013.