By Jensen, Randy on January 11, 2018.
As he gets ready to step his game up to the college level as a member of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks, introductions and handshakes won’t be necessary for Malcolm Fisher.
The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute student and standout libero put pen to paper Wednesday at LCI to commit to the Kodiaks next season.
With family, friends, classmates and Kodiaks men’s coach Greg Gibos looking on, the signing took a brief, humorous turn when the pen Fisher was given to sign with didn’t work.
Fortunately, a little ink flow was eventually restored as the athlete made the next stage of his volleyball career official.
“Unbelievable,” said Fisher. “I’ve been nervous all day. It really means a lot to me to go support my hometown with such a great coach and a great team. I have a special bond with Greg and with all my teammates. I get along with them well. He’s really supported me since Grade 10 when we met. He’s wanted the best for me.”
A former teacher and coach at LCI, Gibos is fully aware of the athlete and person he’s bringing into this program.
“I coached here in Malcolm’s Grade 10 year, so I got some good familiarity with him as a student athlete,” said the second-year Kodiaks coach. “He’s dedicated, loves the game and is really active in the community. And for us, that hits the three pillars we’re looking for right off the bat. The talent is great on the court, but we know we have a real winner off the court as well.”
And from his scouting report, the Kodiaks just landed an enthusiastic recruit.
“I have been defined as quite loud and energetic,” said Fisher.
He’s also, in the eyes of Gibos, one of the best liberos in the province.
“He’s been under-recruited by other schools and we’ve been really fortunate to get him,” said Gibos. “From the time I saw him in Grade 10 he’s matured a lot as an athlete. He’s getting a lot stronger and faster. I know he’s dedicated to doing cross fit in the off season. So that’s valuable to us, too. He was a league all-star in Grade 10 and he’s still a league all-star now. So I think that’s really important that he’s chosen to stay home and play for us.”
The cameras clicked as Fisher shared the moment with his family and schoolmates.
“It’s really amazing to see what the school had brought for me, all the support my friends, family and coaches have bought me for this experience,” he said.
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