UBC Head Coach Dean Murten was named the Fox 40 Coach of the Year in women’s Rugby, bringing home the Jim Atkinson Award.
Murten, who was also named Canada West Coach of the Year for a second successive season, led the UBC Thunderbirds to an undefeated season and second consecutive Canada West title. He was at the helm for UBC’s 2019 Canada West title, the first in program history.
UBC Director of Athletics Robin D’Abreo said: “Dean has been absolutely fantastic in his leadership of our women’s rugby program. Building on the solid foundations laid down by our previous coach, Maria Gallo, Dean’s impact on the program has been hugely significant in the areas of performance and academic excellence, recruiting, team culture and fundraising.”
There was further joy for UBC, as prop Mikiela Nelson (North Vancouver), fly-half Savannah Bauder (North Vancouver) and centre Shoshanah Seumanutafa (Surrey) all won First Team All-Canadian designations. Bauder was also nominated for Player of the Year.
UBC winger Logan Piper (Calgary) was named Second Team All-Canadian after an impressive season, alongside Acadia flanker Laura Pfleiderer (Williams Lake).
Information and photos courtesy of USPORTS and UVIC Vikes.