For the first time in his five seasons as the head coach of the UBC Okanagan Heat golf teams, Cass Hritzuk has been named PACWEST Coach of the Year.
The award is voted on by the other golf coaches in the PACWEST.
The Heat teams both finished second following Sunday’s final PACWEST tournament in Abbortsford and Hrizuk was there to accept his award.
Fifth year player James Casorso has been with the Heat just as long as Hritzuk and thinks his coach certainly deserves the recognition. “Cass is one of the most genuine and honest people I know. IN the last five years he’s been a fantastic coach and has become very respected in our league. He always knows how to get the best out of me in any situation. In situations where I’m frustrated he manages to find ways to 1) get me laughing and 2) get me fired up to finish the round strong. Aside from helping with my game, he’s able to instil belief in each one of us that makes us want to play better golf. Off the course, Cass is easily one of the funniest people to be around. He does a great job of making sure everyone on the team feel comfortable and looked after, while still keeping the mood light. He’s a great friend and someone who has helped me grow as a person as well.”
The Heat’s top women’s golfer, fourth year player Emily Adams says Hritzuk makes playing in a PACWEST tournament an enjoyable one, “Cass is an awesome coach. He’s always able to make me laugh and a really great person to be around. He can look at my swing when I’m struggling and suggest I make a small adjustment to improve my game. I couldn’t imagine having a different coach for the last four years. He’s also a phenomenal singer which makes road trips a lot more fun.”
The PACWEST congratuates Cass Hritzuk