After experiencing improved health, Talbot Walton is resuming his role as Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Volleyball Head Coach, effective immediately.

Kristine Plastow, Red Deer Polytechnic Dean of Students talked about the coaches.

“We are extremely grateful that Talbot’s health has steadily progressed, so that he can continue the proud legacy of the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Volleyball program in a role that he loves. We would also like to express our gratitude to Interim Head Coach Chris Wandler for his hard work, dedication, and ability to guide the Queens throughout a very successful and memorable2021/2022 season.”

This past year, Wandler helped to lead the Queens to a perfect(16-0) regular season record for the first time since 1988/1989.

“I speak on behalf of Queens Volleyball-we are all very thankful for Chris’ contributions to our program’s excellence,” says Walton, who assumed an assistant coach role this season. “This past year, winning an ACAC Championship and CCAA bronze medal demonstrated the level of elite coaching that Chris is capable of, I am so grateful to have him as a friend and coaching peer.”

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The synergy between the coaches was evident and successful, resulting in the Queens earning medals in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC)and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

The RDP Queens remarkably finished with a 22-1 regular season and playoff record,which included their 20thACAC title. The Queens’ only setback of the season occurred against the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners, who eventually won their fourth consecutive CCAA Women’s Volleyball gold medal.