Michael Aquino, head coach of the Humber Hawks men's soccer team, is the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association's (CCAA) 2017 winner of the Coaching Excellence Award.
The award recognizes coaching contributions to sport and to student-athlete development over a period of at least five years.
Aquino has led the soccer team to CCAA National Championship titles in three of the last four years. He's been head coach since 2013, and has led the Hawks to CCAA National titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He was also an assistant coach for the Humber squad that won CCAA gold in 2012.
He is the third Humber Hawks coach to receive this award. Mike Katz (men's basketball) and current Humber College Director of Athletics and Recreation Ray Chateau (golf) earned the Coaching Excellence Award in 2001 and 2012, respectively.
The CCAA also awarded Academic All-Canadian awards to nine Hawks players. The winners are:
- Christina Duong, badminton
- Phuthita Nilyok, badminton
- Ryan Chow, badminton
- Kaitlyn Shuvera, cross country running
- Heidi Beck, curling
- Christian McCullough, golf
- Sheila McKeen, golf
- Daniele Clemente, soccer; and
- Alexandra Newman, volleyball
The CCAA Academic All-Canadian award is the organization's most prestigious student-athlete honour, recognizing academic achievement and athletic excellence.
Past CCAA Academic All-Canadian recipient Adrian Cord, a Humber and Guelph-Humber graduate, was inducted into the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) 2017 Hall of Fame.
Cord, who coaches the Hawks women's golf team, played on the men's golf team during his four years as a student. In that time he earned two silver medals at the provincial level and won gold at the national level in 2011 (his last season).
Since moving on to coaching, he led the women to the 2015 CCAA national team title following a silver at provincials. He then went on to guide them to OCAA and CCAA silver in 2016.
Congratulations to all those recognized for their incredible achievements!