Sup­port­ing their play­ers

Gal­lant, MacDon­ald, Ryan are fi­nal­ists for coach of the year hon­ours

Journal Pioneer - - SPORTS -

Three names syn­ony­mous with their sports are be­ing rec­og­nized next week by Sport P.E.I.

Peter Gal­lant (curl­ing), Eddie MacDon­ald (rugby) and Joe Ryan (vol­ley­ball) are this year’s fi­nal­ists for the P.E.I. Mu­tual In­sur­ance Coach of the Year Award. The win­ner will be an­nounced Feb. 7 dur­ing the an­nual awards cer­e­mony at Hol­land Col­lege.

Here is a short bio of the three fi­nal­ists pro­vided by Sport P.E.I. Peter Gal­lant

Peter Gal­lant and his fam­ily have be­come a sta­ple in Is­land curl­ing, yet none have stepped onto the Olympic stage. That is all about to change. Gal­lant took on the po­si­tion of head coach for a women’s South Korean curl­ing team in 2016 with the task of qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympics. A year later, Gal­lant and his team achieved the goal and will be rep­re­sent­ing the Asian na­tion at PyeongChang. It will be an Olympic ice

breaker for the Gal­lants, as Peter will hope to achieve noth­ing short of a podium fin­ish later in Fe­bru­ary, but chances are we will see more Olympic ac­tion from the fam­ily in years to come.

Eddie MacDon­ald

There may not be a more re­spected coach in their com­mu­nity on P.E.I. than Eddie MacDon­ald. The long­time leader of the Mud­men Rugby Club has set an un­prece­dented amount of com­mit­ment to his play­ers.

In 2017, Eddie showed that hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion will even­tu­ally pay off, as the Di­vi­sion One Mud­men Rugby Club claimed their first Mar­itime cham­pi­onship.

Eddie and his squad will look to build off their suc­cess­ful cam­paign in 2017, and con­tinue to rep­re­sent P.E.I. at the high­est lev­els of Cana­dian senior rugby for years to come.

Joe Ryan

Whether it’s been of­fi­ci­at­ing or coach­ing, Joe Ryan has been in­volved with P.E.I. vol­ley­ball for more than 25 years.

2017 marked Joe’s sixth sea­son as head coach of the Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes men’s vol­ley­ball team, and earned his sec­ond At­lantic Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (ACAA) coach of the year award. Shortly af­ter this recog­ni­tion, the team achieved their first ACAA cham­pi­onship. It was bit­ter­sweet, hav­ing been in the fi­nal four of his six years in charge.

In ad­di­tion to his coach­ing du­ties, Joe is a board mem­ber and re­gional of­fi­cials chair­man of Vol­ley­ball P.E.I. It’s peo­ple like Joe Ryan that are es­sen­tial to the suc­cess of Is­land pro­vin­cial sport or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Gal­lant

MacDon­ald

Ryan

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