Ambrose Student Named to CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program

Ambrose Student Named to CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program

Mackenzie Schmidt

On September 26, 2019, the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced the 2019-20 participants for the annual Female Apprentice Coach Program (FACP). Among the successful participants is Ambrose student Mackenzie Schmidt. Mackenzie is currently studying in her fourth year of the Behavioural Science Program and played on the women's volleyball team between 2015 and 2019. This year, Mackenzie is working as an Apprentice under Athletics Director Colin Kubinec. 

Congratulations Mackenzie on this excellent achievement. 

Below is the write-up about Mackenzie on the CCAA website.

Mackenzie Schmidt - Female Apprentice Coach Program: Volleyball

After suffering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury the past couple of seasons, MacKenzie Schmidt has now accepted that her contribution on the court as a Women’s Volleyball player for the Ambrose Lions has come to an end.

Despite multiple attempts at rehabilitation, Schmidt will not be able to compete as an athlete in her final year at Ambrose University.

She is excited however to contribute in a new way, as an apprentice in the FACP. This season, Schmidt will be mentored by Colin Kubinec, who coached her the past four seasons at Ambrose.

“It is time to contribute in a new way,” said Schmidt. “I am excited to experience this game at a new level as an apprentice coach this year.”

Kubinec, who also serves as Ambrose’s Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation, named Schmidt as one of his captains the last two seasons and believes she is a top-notch leader.

He is excited to see her transition into an official coaching role.

“As MacKenzie has been on the bench a lot in the last two years due to her injury, she has already naturally begun to see the game from a coach’s perspective,” said Kubinec.

Schmidt is extremely intelligent, a good communicator and cares deeply about the student-athletes on the volleyball team at Ambrose. Kubinec now looks forward to seeing Schmidt grow in teaching the technical aspects of the game.

“MacKenzie has great team insights, is a keen learner, and I already have such confidence and enjoyment in working with her,” said Kubinec.

Schmidt has been involved with the Athletic Leadership team at Ambrose, has helped organize team service projects and has coached at summer camps.

She is highly respected by her peers and is an admirable young woman with a bright future, according to Kubinec.

“MacKenzie will have a positive influence in whatever domain she finds herself in and to have her interested in investing in coaching is very exciting for us here at Ambrose,” said Kubinec.

As an apprentice, Schmidt will get the opportunity to build on her relationships with the younger student-athletes in a more formal role of mentorship.

“I have been on the receiving end of this mentorship from other female alumni coaches in the past and I know how valuable it is,” said Schmidt.


To read about the other successful participants please visit the CCAA website