Jayvon Mitchum, Sports Reporter
Wayne Wilkins led the Humber Hawks to an 18-0 season winning the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men’s Volleyball Championship on Feb. 29.
With the unbeaten streak, the seemingly invincible Humber men’s volleyball team also took first-place in the OCAA Western Division.
The OCAA committee appeared impressed with the record and awarded Wilkins the 2020 OCAA Men’s Volleyball West Division Coach of the Year at the league’s annual banquet on Feb. 26.
The team’s head coach is also in the running for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year award on March 11.
Wilkins said he is “flattered” for the recognition. “It’s an honour.”
“I don’t take that alone, the award goes to our entire staff,” he said.
This is his third award, after receiving the OCAA Coach of the Year awards in 2002 and 2005.
In his 24-year career as the head coach, Wilkins has amassed an impressive record of 371 wins over 124 losses, collecting five-division honours and accolades throughout his career.
“He does a lot for volleyball and Humber, so for the OCAA to see that, is a great honour,” said Hank Ma, an assistant coach at Humber.
“I’m happy for him,” he said.
Assistant Coach Mack Robertson believes Wilkins winning the award was “a long time coming.”
“He’s put together great teams over and over again and I believe the recognition was deserved,” he said.
“He should’ve gotten more, but that’s how it goes,” Robertson said.
Wilkins and the Humber Hawks are set to face the Holland Hurricanes in the CCAA National Championships at St. Thomas University, N.B., on March 12.
Wilkins is confident his team will win the championship and bring it home for Humber.
“It feels good to be recognized but, we have a championship to win.”