By Woodard, Dale on August 13, 2019.
Mark Pries is getting a promotion.
On Monday, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks announced the long-time assistant coach and Kodiaks alumnus will join Sean Carey as co-head coaches of the Kodiaks soccer and futsal teams.
Pries has spent eight seasons as an assistant soccer coach at the college and has served in the same capacity with the futsal program since its creation in 2018.
He was worked alongside Carey, who last season became the first coach to ever win Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honours with both the men’s and women’s teams in the same season.
The dual head coach set-up will allow Pries and Carey to share on-and off-field responsibilities and will make both coaches eligible to lead teams in playoffs if the men’s and women’s teams find themselves in different locations at the same time.
Pries grew up in Lethbridge and graduated from Catholic Central High School.
After high school, he joined the Kodiaks soccer team and played as a defender in 1996 and from 2002 to 2004.
Pries joined the staff of women’s soccer head coach Barry Morrison in 2011 and stayed on to work with new women’s head coach Mike Racz from 2012 to 2016.
He added duties with the men’s team in 2016 and remained in that capacity when Carey was hired in 2017.
Assistant coaches Kim Schellenberg and Justin Lariviere and trainer Robyn Gieske will return to the Kodiaks staff this season. They will be joined by incoming assistants Nikki Furukawa and John D’Agnone.
Last season, both Kodiaks soccer teams qualified for the ACAC playoffs and both made the conference semifinals.
The women’s team won a bronze medal, the first medal for the program since 1994.
Lethbridge College hosted the ACAC futsal championships in March with both the men’s and women’s teams having strong showings.
The men’s team lost a tough one in the bronze medal game, losing in overtime.
The first training sessions of the new Kodiaks season began Monday.
The Kodiaks 2019 ACAC season begins at home when they host the University of Alberta -Augustana Vikings Sept. 7 and Red Deer College Sept. 8.