TORONTO — Coming off two-straight appearances in the OUA Final Four, Adam Simac, a new assistant coach with the Ryerson Rams men's volleyball team, is pleased to announce six new student-athletes who will suit up for the Rams in 2016-17.
The class is comprised of: Alden Hasanagic (Kitchener, Ont.), Greg Vukets (Auckland, New Zealand), Jordan Baric (Mississauga, Ont.), Navreet Singh Suhan (Mississauga, Ont.), Jackson Dunning (Ottawa, Ont.), and Sean Shultis (Springfield, Virginia).
"Our recruiting class is filled with both physically gifted players as well as skilled, technical athletes," Simac said. "Consistent throughout the group is that they are all great team guys."
As is the case every year with the university recruiting process, teams are generally looking to address a need or weakness they see in their roster. For the Rams this year, Simac believe they did just that.
"The biggest need we filled with this recruiting class was to bring some much needed size to our team."
The following is a breakdown of each of the six new members of the team.
Sean ShultisPosition: Opposite
Hometown: Springfield, Virginia
High School: Lake Braddock Secondary
Club: Braddock Road Youth Club
Program: Arts & Contemporary Studies
Coach's Comments: "Sean is a young man that possesses the physical tools that coaches seek. He is an extremely tall and long athlete who is still growing into his body. I am excited about the opportunity of working with Sean over his career and seeing how far he can go. The sky is the limit with him."
Why I chose Ryerson: "The team was friendly, and I can see myself going far with the program."
Jackson DunningPosition: Libero
Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
High School: École catholique secondaire Franco-Cité
Club: Maverick Volleyball Club
Program: Mechanical Engineering
Coach's Comments: "We are thrilled that Jackson chose Ryerson as his new home for his academic and volleyball career. Besides being an absolutely tenacious competitor, Jackson brings with him a respect for the game, and a sense of “doing things the right way”, all of which will aid in continuing to build a culture of excellence at Ryerson."
Why I chose Ryerson: "I love the sense of family it gives off. I feel like I belong, even before I'm there."
Alden HasanagicPosition: Middle
Hometown: Kitchener, Ont.
High School: Grand River CI
Club: KW Predators
Program: Occupational Health and Safety
Coach's Comments: "Alden possesses the ultimate hard-hat and work boots attitude. He is someone the coaches can count on to do things the right way. His work ethic is going to have a positive influence on the rest of the guys as our group continues to undergo a transformation. His versatility, as he can play many positions, is going to be an asset to the Rams moving forward."
Why I chose Ryerson: "The atmosphere of living in downtown Toronto was very appealing to me. I loved the look and feel of the campus compared to other schools I had visited previously."
Greg VuketsPosition: Setter
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: Westlake Boys High
Club: North Harbour Raiders Volleyball Club Men's A Team
National Experience: U18 National Team
Coach's Comments: "Greg is a very intriguing prospect for us. He comes to Ryerson armed wealth of experience at many different levels, something rare for an athlete at his age. His athleticism and his “game-sense” will help our team in a number of ways."
Why I chose Ryerson: "Because of their renowned psychology program, awesome coaching staff, and the feeling that I could really contribute to the volleyball team in the years to come."
Jordan BaricPosition: Left Side
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
High School: Iona Catholic Secondary
Club: Pakmen Gold 99
Program: Retail Management
Coach's Comments: Matt Harris, another assistant coach with the team, highlighted the best qualities of Baric's game: Serve reception, creativity, quick decision making ability, and attack variance. "Jordan will have an impact immediately on the court and in our Ryerson community," Harris added.
Why I chose Ryerson: "I really enjoy the program here. I love the location of the school and the volleyball team is very good and I feel like it's the perfect fit for the kind of person I am."
Navreet SuhanPosition: Middle Blocker
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.
High School: Mississauga Secondary
Club: Pakmen Volleyball Club
Program: Business Management
Coach's Comments: "The coaching staff is ecstatic Navreet chose Ryerson as his home for his collegiate volleyball career. He possesses tremendous physical characteristics that can't be taught, and on top of that he is a tremendous competitor with a good feel for the game. It will be interesting to follow his development this summer, as his rapid development has him competing for significant playing time this coming season."
Why I chose Ryerson: "I chose Ryerson because of its great reputation in academics and athletics. The program I am taking at Ryerson of Business Management is a very popular and well respected one and I believe it will be a great fit for me. Also, Ryerson has a sense of family and community that comes along with it that I had admired very dearly. Being able to work with some of the coaches at Ryerson in my youth volleyball career also helped me make this decision because I wanted to stay loyal to the same people that made me not only the athlete but the man I am today. Being able to go to a school located right in the heart of downtown Toronto was also a very important factor I just could not pass up on."
When Simac was asked to use one word to describe the attitude of the 2017-18 Ryerson Rams men's volleyball team, he responded simply with "delinquent."
"I chose delinquent for a few reasons," Simac began. "Firstly, I want us to play the right way, which is aggressive and with pride. Secondly, I want us to act like delinquents in that we are going to prepare to win every game, not only the games we are 'supposed' to win. I like John Wooden's quote which says, 'respect every opponent but fear no opponent.' That embraces delinquency in my eyes."