Men's volleyball recruitment camp continues to grow

(Oct. 1, 2013) In late August the Memorial men’s volleyball program hosted some of the top young players from across Canada at their third annual recruitment camp. The camp gave prospective Memorial volleyball players the opportunity to travel to St. John’s to train at Memorial’s facilities and learn more about what the program, the university and the province have to offer.


Lucas Champagne, an 18 year old from Oak Bank, Manitoba decided to enroll at Memorial this fall and compete for the Sea-Hawks based on his experience at the last two recruitment camps. Prior to the camp last year Champagne had not been very familiar with Memorial and the East coast of Canada.


Luke Harris (photo by Chris Hammond)He said, “Last year was my first trip west of Toronto. I spoke with (Memorial coach) Luke Harris at the nationals and I started to think of Memorial as an option. It was my first scouting experience.”


He was impressed with the experience enough to decide to come to Memorial.


He said, “I have had a great experience here with good coaching and individual skills training. Ultimately I felt comfortable coming to Memorial based on the relationships I have built over the course of the two camps.” Champagne will compete for the Sea-Hawks this season and live in Memorial’s Bowater House residence.


Nick Janke, a 17 year old entering his senior year of high school at the Calgary Christian School had a similar experience to Champagne.


He said, “I also met Luke at the nationals and at that time wasn’t even thinking of Newfoundland as an option. The camp gave me a chance to play at a higher level and get some great game action under my belt.”


Cameron Heath, a 16 year old at Three Hills High School in Three Hills, Alberta was also visiting Memorial for the first time at this year’s camp. He was impressed, and somewhat surprised, with St. John’s and the quality of the volleyball at Memorial.


“St. John’s is a bigger city than I expected,” he laughed. “I didn’t know what to expect but everything you need is here. The volleyball competition was a highlight. We got great advice and got to play against quality competition.”


Memorial men’s volleyball head coach Luke Harris is pleased with the development of the recruitment camp over the past three years.


“This camp gives us a couple of key opportunities. For one, it allows us to showcase Memorial, our athletic program and our team to the whole country. Until we approached these athletes they had no idea about Memorial,” he said. “Secondly, it gives our current athletes a chance to develop their leadership skills. The members of our team are tasked with running the entire camp. This is a great learning opportunity for them as well.”


The camp ran from August 26th to 30th and featured a variety of sessions including individual drills, game competition, and video analysis. Representatives from Memorial’s Office of Student Recruitment also visited the athletes to provide more academic and student life information on Memorial University.


Several athletes that will serve as the future core of the men’s volleyball program, including Champagne, Jordan Murray, Alex Dodds and Liam Power, were participants in past recruitment camps.




For more information on the Sea-Hawks men’s volleyball recruitment camp contact Luke Harris at