Edmonton, Alberta (May 17, 2017) - Lakeland College's Alan Rogan has been named the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Athletic Director of the Year for 2017.
Rogan becomes the first recipient of the Athletic Director of the Year accolade that was created and incepted for the 2016-17 season. The award was presented to Rogan at the ACAC's Spring General Meetings last week in Calgary, and recognizes an Athletic Director who has made a significant contribution to their institution, the conference and campus community over the past academic year. Rogan's nomination will now go forward as a finalist for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year award to be presented June 6 in Abbotsford, BC.
"Alan Rogan is a very well-respected ACAC administrator and leader who is unquestionably worthy of this recognition. His selfless approach to acceptance of volunteer leadership roles, and his mentoring of other less experienced colleagues has certainly earned him the admiration of his peers," commented ACAC CEO Mark Kosak.
Rogan has been with the Rustler's athletic program for 25 years, serving as the Athletic Director for the past 10. Under his direction, the Lakeland teams have demonstrated improved excellence in academic achievement as evidenced this past season with 18 CCAA National Scholar award recipients and two CCAA Academic All-Canadians.
The program has also experienced enhanced success on the court and field under Rogan's leadership. During the 2016-17 season the women's volleyball program earned an ACAC Championship on their home court, before capturing Lakeland College's first-ever Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championship title in Victoria, B.C.
In addition to his accomplishments at Lakeland College, Rogan is also an active member in the Lloydminster and Vermillion communities. Some of Rogan's community involvements include;
- Rustlers Club Volleyball: Over 30 student-athletes coaching in the club and over 120 athletes from the community from U19 to U13.
- LRUSP Soccer: Has four student athletes coaching in the club with over 75 athletes from the community. Run a major camp in late august where Lakeland College student- athletes participate in coaching young community soccer players.
- Rustlers Basketball: Basketball teams worked with public schools to help coach practices and teach skills to Jr. High Athletes. Athletes also went to various schools to read to students during reading week and they run summer camps for the community.
- Rustlers Rowing Club: Run and maintain the Rowing Club in Vermilion with current and former athletes taking on the leadership.
- Rustlers Curling: Community curling clinics conducted in Vermilion. Rustlers' athletes are also volunteer coaches for Junior Curling leagues.
- Rogan serves as head coach at St Jerome's High School Volleyball team (1A).
Rogan has been a long time CCAA Executive Committee member, a former ACAC Executive Committee member and currently serves as an ACAC Sport Convener as well as maintaining membership on a number of ACAC committees.
About the ACAC: The ACAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta. Its mission is to provide competitive collegiate sport experiences, promote academic achievement and be a leader of sport development in Canada.
For more information on the ACAC, please visit our website: www.acac.ab.ca