BRIAN FLEMING AWARD

Jordan Parkin

Brian Fleming Award

All-Around Student Athlete of the Year - Male

 

Jordan Parkin is the first male recipient of the Brian Fleming Award. One could make the argument that the award is designed specifically for Jordan. Jordan is one of the best athletes to ever come through the doors at MRU. He is also one of the best people to ever play for the Cougars. His character is undeniable and his unwavering support and an encouragement for others in unparalleled.

Jordan will go down as one of the best men’s volleyball players in school history. After spending his first season in the ACAC, Parkin holds nearly every Cougars’ Canada West career record. In four seasons he averaged 3.0 points per set and 2.59 kills per set. His total kills (835), points (981) and digs (494) are all the most for a Mount Royal player in Canada West regular season play.

Aside from his accomplishments on the court, Jordan is one of the most well-rounded citizens that Cougar Athletics has ever produced. Jordan has been a CIS Academic All-Canadian every year he has been eligible. He was named captain of the Cougars’ in his fourth season and has served as a mentor to Tyler Schmidt who is one of the most promising athletes in the country. His hours of commitment to his volunteering and mentorship programs border on a full-time job. In 2014-15, his efforts were recognized nationwide when he won the Dale Iwanoczko Award as the most well-rounded student athlete in all of the CIS.  

 

 

Jenna Smith

Brian Fleming Award

All-Around Student Athlete of the Year - Female

The Brian Fleming Award is presented to the student athlete who displays athletic ability, academic achievements, strong leadership skills and exemplary academics. There is perhaps no athlete in Cougar Athletics more deserving of this honour than Jenna Smith. Ask any student at Mount Royal who best fits that criteria and many would be hard pressed to come up with any other name.

Jenna spent her entire five-year career with the Cougars and her last three as team captain. She rattled off 1681 assists in four Canada West seasons, which is now the benchmark for MRU setters at the Canada West level. She has been the heart and soul of the Cougars’ program since she stepped onto the court five years and is destined be one of the most spirited alums.

Her extracurricular involvement was second to none. Jenna was the first person to volunteer for any athlete-driven endeavor and was an instrumental unifier for all eight varsity programs. All the while, Jenna produced some of the best grades amongst student athletes, being named a CIS Academic All-Canadian in each of the four years she was eligible. 

 


ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Tyler Fiddler

Al Bohnous & Calgary Booster Club

Male Athlete of the Year

 

Entering his final season in a Mount Royal University Cougar’s uniform, men’s hockey forward Tyler Fiddler was coming off of a 31 point campaign where he racked up eight goals and 23 assists in 28 games to go along with a +20 rating. The break out season in 2014-15 culminated in Fiddler being named a Canada West Second Team All-Star, and set up high expectations this year for the dominant two-way forward.

The former Calgary Hitmen responded with another spectacular season for the Cougars in 2015-16 scoring 12 goals (three were shorthanded) and added 23 assists with a +21 rating. With the 35 point season, Fiddler finished first on the Cougars in scoring, second in the Canada West scoring race, and finished in the top 15 scorers in the entire CIS – leading to him being named as a Canada West First Team All-Star. Although the offensive numbers stand out the most with Tyler, his hockey sense, competitiveness and work ethic are what really set him aside from other CIS hockey players in the country.

Fiddler adds the All-Star selection to his list of accomplishments this season – he was also named as the WHL grad of the month in December, and to the CIS All-Star team that competed against Canada’s National Junior Team hopefuls in Toronto on December 12 and 13. 

 

Jenna Smith

Al Bohnous & Calgary Booster Club

Female Athlete of the Year

  

Jenna Smith entered her final year with a goal in mind and that was to send the Cougars back to the playoffs for the first time since their inaugural season in Canada West. This would be a tall order for a team that finished last in the conference in 2014-15. Surrounded by an assortment of talented rookies, the captain accomplished her goal, leading the Cougars to their second ever playoff appearance.

Smith capped off her final CIS season in style registering 714 total sets and averaging 8.50 assists per set, both of which were good enough for ninth in the conference. Early in the season, backup setter Amy Gordon went down with an injury forcing Jenna to carry all of the team’s setting duties for nearly the entire season. Smith didn’t waiver at the challenge, putting together her best season as a Cougar.

Smith’s contribution to the team went beyond her play as the setter. The captain (since her third year) embodied everything about Cougar volleyball and set a strong example for the squad’s impeccable core of young players. 

 

 

 

ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

Colin Cooper

Mount Royal & Calgary Booster Club

Co-Male Rookie of the Year

  

The Cougars came into the 2015-16 season with third-year goaltender Cam Lanigan as their expected starter in net after an 8-5 season in 2014-15. However, only two games into the season, Lanigan went down with an injury – pushing 19-year-old rookie goaltender Colin Cooper into the Cougar’s crease.

The 5’9”, 165 pound former Calgary Canuck seized the opportunity and ran with it. Cooper won his first three CIS starts (including a 4-2 win at the University of Alberta against the reigning CIS champion Golden Bears), and had a save percentage north of .950 and goals against average under 2.00 after his first four games as the starting goaltender. Although his numbers took a bit of a drop after the first few weeks of the season, Cooper brought consistency and a never-say-die attitude to the net for Mount Royal.

Cooper went on to a 13-6 record on the season – good for the third most goaltender wins in Canada West, and finished the regular season with a .913 SV% and a 2.30 GAA. With the regular season success, Colin was named as the Cougars starter for the playoffs and went 2-2 in the playoffs – including a sweep in the quarterfinals vs. the UBC Thunderbirds.

 

Brett Layton

Mount Royal & Calgary Booster Club

Co-Male Rookie of the Year

Brett Layton had a dominant season for the Cougars in his first season playing in CIS. Layton led Mount Royal in points per game (17), field goal percentage (54.5), rebounding (11.2 REB/G), blocks (2.7 BLK/G) and steals (1.9 STL/G). The 6’8” Calgary native found his stride early in Canada West, and consistently found a way to use his size and strength to standout on a nightly basis.

Layton’s biggest impact for the Cougars was on the glass – Brett hit double digits in rebounds in 13 of Mount Royal’s games, including a game against the University of Fraser Valley on Jan. 9 where he had 11 offensive rebounds to go along with 13 defensive boards. He finished the year ranking first in CIS in offensive rebounds per game (4.2), fifth in the country in defensive rebounds per game (7.0) and third in the country in total rebounds per game (11.2). His season high in points was 28 – a mark he hit against the MacEwan University Griffins and the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.

Layton’s length and athleticism also gave him a huge advantage on defence. His 2.7 blocks per game gave him the highest individual mark of any player in men’s basketball in CIS. After a spectacular rookie season with the Cougars, Layton will no doubt be looking to build on his excellent performance next season.

 

Carolina Alongi

Mount Royal & Calgary Booster Club

Female Rookie Athlete of the Year

 

Carolina Alongi came to the Cougars in 2015-16 with a lot of accomplishments under in her belt – including being named as the top high school volleyball in Calgary in 2015.

Alongi adjusted seamlessly to play in Canada West as she contributed consistently with kills, digs and blocks for the Cougars – forming a deadly trio with other hitters Alex Donaghy and Taylor Pelland. Alongi finished with 163 kills on the season behind only Donaghy (193) and Pelland (172).

Carolina also had 133 digs on the year, showing how reliable she was on both sides of the ball, and averaged 2.7 points per set – good for second on the team. The quick transition for Alongi to post-secondary play helped propel her rebuilding Cougars team into the post-season for the first time since 2013. 

 

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Brett Layton

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Angela Driscoll

 

MEN’S HOCKEY

Tyler Fiddler

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Jocelyn Froehlich

 

MEN'S SOCCER

Cody Cook

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Meghan Prudhomme

 

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Lucas King

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Jenna Smith