By Chase Gardiner/GCU Staff
Welcome to the “family. ” And it’s a family that’s growing quickly.
With one year of play under its belt, the Grand Canyon University men’s club volleyball team plans on expanding its numbers, and creating more opportunities for students to experience the family dynamic that is unique to the club sports program.
After a successful inaugural season last year, head coach Chuck Hunter is looking forward to leading the men’s team to even higher levels of success this year- both on and off the court. “My expectations for this year are for us to be highly competitive with our A team,” Hunter said. “Whatever tournament we step into, we want to be able to go and have a chance to compete and battle with top tier teams.”
Fulfilling these expectations means expansion in Hunter’s mind. “Last year was our first year, we had one team. This year we want to have two teams.” Additionally, the team is incredibly excited for the construction of the newly announced club sports facility, since Hunter sees the potential to “change the program dramatically. Now when we have interest for 90 guys wanting to play, we can get enough teams for 90 guys.”
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of club sports is the unique opportunity students receive to not only compete, but also to grow in community and character with their fellow teammates and coaches. Such a concept is something that Hunter has engrained within his team.
“For me, I like theology touching reality,” remarked Hunter. “So I like the idea of the guys who are here understanding what it means to live life, and as they go through life throughout the year with girlfriends or class, I love having the chance to process life with them and connect it to a sport.”
In short, men’s club volleyball is looking to expand not just the team, but the family. This team offers a unique opportunity to compete and grow in the sport of volleyball, while also creating relationships, and developing character that will last a lifetime. If you are interested in joining a rewarding brotherhood, visit the “How to Join” page.