DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
It's been a busy few weeks for Josh Terin, but he managed to work a commitment to the Winnipeg Wesmen in there nevertheless.
The 6-foot-1 one left side from St. Paul's High School has officially committed to Larry McKay's UWinnipeg men's volleyball team, the second member of McKay's 2019-20 recruiting class.
Terin will enroll in Criminal Justice and have five years of eligibility. He joins Brandon Crocus Plains' Liam Kristjanson as those officially announced in the '19-20 class.
Terin's focus right now is on his Winnipeg Strike club team, which heads to Toronto for this weekend's Volleyball Canada nationals. The Strike, formerly the Jr. Wesmen, took home the 18U gold at the Volleyball Manitoba provincials earlier this month.
Terin was named a tournament all-star at provincials.
Terin, a graduating all-star this past season, has competed in the provincial program and was named the No. 2-ranked player in the province in the Winnipeg Sun's annual coaches poll. In addition, he was named an MHSAA AAAA provincial all-star for his Crusaders.
He said he was a late-comer to the sport, picking it up during his 15U season, but he put a focus on playing university volleyball right away.
"Pretty much ever since then I knew I wanted to take it a step further," Terin said. "I really started getting serious going into Team Manitoba last summer.
"… The team atmosphere (with the Wesmen) is great and Larry himself is a great coach and his qualifications are above anyone else I can think of. Just the atmosphere and the culture is a really strong aspect for me."
Terin's connections to the Wesmen are plenty. He has been coached on Strike by former Wesmen Rob Olfert and current assistant Lindsey Habib, and played for former Wesmen Zach Diboll last year with the WinMan Warriors. He helped the Warriors capture a national championship at 16U in 2017.
"Josh is an outside hitter with a good jump and strong attack," McKay said. "He comes from an excellent volleyball background on Winnipeg Strike with Rob Olfert and Lindsey Habib, and from St. Paul's High with Lloyd Voth as coach, and on the WinMan team last year with coach Russ Harder and Zack Diboll. I think he has the ability to play at our level and I'm pleased he chose our program to do that."
Terin hopes his athleticism and grit can get him on the floor despite there being a number of outside hitters in the mix come 2019-20.
"Everyone knows the first year going into university is a huge step, so as of right now I'm focusing on just getting up to pace with the other guys," he said. "I'm in a core group of left sides where we're all just fighting to see court.
"I'd like to be making some contributions first year and making more and more throughout my years."
"I'm definitely excited. There's a lot of work to be done. It should be a ton of fun, but I'm ready to start working."