The TRU WolfPack men’s volleyball team will be missing its head coach for its Canada West opener later this month.
Canada West suspended Pat Hennelly for one game for “the use of inappropriate language toward game officials” during an exhibition match against the Guelph Gryphons at the Tournament Capital Centre on Thursday. Hennelly won’t be on the bench when the WolfPack opens the regular season on Oct. 25 against the UBC-Okanagan Heat in Kelowna.
“When a coach fails to live up to conduct expectations, Canada West, in accordance with the Conduct, Discipline and Appeals Policy, reserves the right to take whatever action it deems warranted by the misconduct,” said Canada West Executive Director Diane St-Denis in a news release. “The conduct displayed by Mr. Hennelly is not only unacceptable, but also unbecoming of an individual in a leadership position. Coaches are expected to be role models and project a positive image for university sport.”
Hennelly will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, when the Heat visits the TCC.
Hennelly has been the WolfPack’s most successful coach, but he also has been suspended three times prior — twice by Canada West.
In 2010, Canada West suspended Hennelly for one game after a “verbal interaction” with an official in a conference match. Hennelly was forced to sit out a Canada West semifinal.
He also was suspended three games in February 2008 after an argument with Manitoba Bisons player Stefan Bouw.
That suspension was handed down jointly by the WolfPack and Canada West — Canada West suspended Hennelly for one game, the WolfPack gave him the other.
The WolfPack also suspended Hennelly early in the 2008 season after his team was asked to leave a Saskatoon hotel due to a noise complaint.
Hennelly is heading into his eighth season as the WolfPack’s head coach, and has led it to the Canada West postseason five times. In three of those years, TRU made it to the CIS championship, finishing third in 2008.
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WolfPack golfer Brent Pound opened the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship with a one-under 71 in Quebec, and sits eighth.
Pound had five birdies and four bogeys in his round, and finished with a pair of birdies.
Round 2 is today.
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Both WolfPack soccer teams are first in the Pacific Western Athletic Association, and they will wrap up the regular season at home on the weekend.
TRU will play host to the Quest Kermodes on Saturday and the Langara Falcons on Sunday. The women’s matches will start at noon, with the men’s to begin at 2 p.m. — all will be played at Hillside Stadium.
TRU’s women are 10-0-2, while the men are 9-2-1. Both teams have qualified for the postseason.
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TRU’s men’s basketball team will be at home for an exhibition game Saturday, 7 p.m., against the Vancouver Island University Mariners. The game will be played at the TCC.
TRU’s women’s basketball team, meanwhile, is off to Victoria for exhibition games against the Camosun Chargers and the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
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Badminton season is here for the WolfPack, which is scheduled to play its first Pacific Western tournament.
TRU will take a full roster to the event, which is to be held at Douglas College in New Westminster.
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TRU’s hockey team will look to get back on track against the Selkirk Saints in Castlegar.
The WolfPack has dropped two straight games to fall to 2-2 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League play. It will play in Castlegar on Friday and Saturday.
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The fall exhibition season is set to wrap up for the WolfPack baseball team.
TRU is scheduled to play a home-and-home series with the Okanagan College Coyotes. On Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., the teams will play a doubleheader at NorBrock Stadium. They will meet in Kelowna on Sunday.