Congratulations to staff coach, Stuart Mackie on being named the OCAA (provincial) and CCAA (national) Coach of the Year for his work with the Conestoga Condors.
Press release from Conestoga College below:
Mackie was honoured during the 2022 CCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship hosted by Langara College. He guided the Condors to a 9-1 record and second-place finish in the always-tough Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s (OCAA) West Division. The nine wins were the most ever by Conestoga, which was also ranked in the CCAA’s Top 10 for the first time ever.
“Stuart was instrumental in creating an atmosphere at Conestoga College that produced an impressive record in an extremely tough division,” said David Munro, CCAA Men’s Soccer Convenor. “The Condors continued their upward ascent this season, building on a foundation of consistent and strong play.”
“His players know him as an approachable, tactical and energetic coach who cares deeply for his student-athletes and their overall success in post-secondary athletics,” said Andrew Bates, Associate Director of Sport and Recreation. “Through his leadership style, Stuart has positioned the program to develop a strong foundational culture that represents respect, integrity, and competitive spirit, which will serve the program extremely well for future Condor student-athletes.”
"To me, these awards are more of a reflection on the team, coaching staff and athletics staff than a personal accomplishment," said Mackie. "We have no one to thank more than the players. They put in the hard work and sacrificed time with family and friends to be on the field every night for two months. The players believed in the system and bought into the culture of the program and deserve all the credit for our success on the field."
Mackie is the first coach in Conestoga athletics history to receive a CCAA coach of the year honour.