Koppers commits to MacMaster
Originally published on the MacMaster Maurader website.
Written by Bill Malley
Not resting for a moment on the laurels of guiding his Marauders to a CIS silver medal, McMaster men’s volleyball coach Dave Preston is thrilled to announce the commitment of highly-touted recruit Brandon Koppers, who will join the Maroon this fall.
Considered one of the top graduating players in Ontario, Koppers received recruiting interest from schools on both sides of the border, before accepting his offer of admission to McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business. Standing 6-foot-7, he has played both middle and outside and was selected to play for Team Ontario in 2011 and 2012.
“I’m very happy with my decision to attend McMaster,” said the Georgetown native, who plays for the Pakmen club team of Mississauga. “It has a great reputation for academics and athletics. I’ve had the opportunity to visit campus a few times and really felt a good sense of family and community.”
“I also got to play with some of the (McMaster) guys on Team Ontario last summer and we’ve been good friends ever since.”
Coach Preston says Koppers will be a fantastic addition to the Marauders. “I believe Brandon is a perfect fit for our program. He is physical, technically sound, understands the game at a high level, and is at his best when it means the most.”
Graduating from Christ the King high school in Georgetown, Koppers was recently named by the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ken Davies Memorial Award, presented annually to the male athlete that best demonstrates leadership, determination, athletic ability, sportsmanship, and fair play.
“I’m looking forward to learning from Coach Preston,” said Koppers.”I feel with his coaching and playing with some of the best players in the country, I will not only become a better player but a better person.”
Preston believes his newest Marauder has everything needed to succeed at the CIS level. “Brandon is extremely talented but equally as grounded, and is able to maintain perspective in even the toughest situations. His character is exemplary and it won’t be long before Marauder Nation sees what a great ambassador Brandon is for being successful the Marauder Way.”