EDMONTON – After guiding the Trinity Western men’s soccer team to a 9-1-4 regular season record and a second place finish in the Pacific Division, head coach Pat Rohla was named Canada West Coach of the Year Friday ahead of the conference quarter-finals.

Along with Rohla, three members of the Spartans were also honoured in the Canada West year-end awards as midfielder Brayden Gant (Maple Ridge, B.C.) was named a First Team All-Star while defender Brayden Volkenant (Surrey, B.C.) and striker Jarvis Ambaka (Maragoli, Kenya) were named Second Team All-Stars.

The other Canada West award winners were UBC's Gagandeep Dosanjh being named Player of the Year, Alberta’s Niko Saler being named Rookie of the Year and Victoria earning the Fair Play Award.
This was the year that Coach of the Year, Pat Rohla, finally had “his” team.
After taking over as the Spartans head coach in 2009, this was the first year in which Rohla himself had recruited and built the bulk of Trinity Western’s starting lineup. And despite losing nine players to graduation last year, including six starters, Rohla’s squad, with his distinct stamp on it, put together a 9-1-4 record this year – the Spartans best under his direction – and climbed as high as No. 5 in the CIS Top 10. This year, the Spartans, who had two rookies on the back line and a goalie in his first year as the starter, allowed just 12 goals in 14 games. After missing the playoffs just two years ago following a 5-5-4 record, Rohla has brought the Spartans back into both Canada West and CIS contention.
"What a great honour for Pat, to be selected by his peers for this prestigious award,” said Spartans athletic director Murray Hall. “Pat is a humble person, going about his work with a blue-collar approach – getting the job done, day in and day out, as part of our Complete Champion Approach™. He has built a great staff around him, recruited top student-athletes who fit the high performance and high character culture he is instilling in the program. Pat’s team knows the game of soccer, but it is also always learning more and more about what it takes to be contributing and serving citizens on both a local and global scale, as our men's soccer players are true leaders in community outreach."

Player of the Year Gagandeep Dosanjh, of Abbotsford, B.C., led the Canada West in goals (12), assists, (9), and points (21), while leading the Thunderbirds to an undefeated regular season (11-0-3) and first place in the conference. The 3rd year student returned to the form of his rookie campaign in which he scored nine goals on route to being named a First Team Canada West All-Star and helping UBC to a second place finish at the CIS National Championships.
“Gagan has had a terrific season to date and I’m really happy to see him rewarded with this prestigious honor as MVP,” commented UBC head coach Mike Mosher. “Gagan is a real pleasure to coach. On top of his skill and ability on the ball, he is often one of the hardest working players on the game field and practice field. His work rate and competitiveness are second to none and set a great example and standard for his teammates.”

Rookie of the Year Niko Saler, who is originally from Lethbridge, finished the 2012-13 season with one goal and three assists, as well as with 12 shots on goal, but it is his intangibles, not his stats, that won him the award according to 28-year Alberta head coach Len Vickery.
“Niko is a player that stands-out on the soccer field,” said Vickery. “He has tremendous composure on the ball and is equally adept at defending as well as keeping his team in possession. He has a fantastic left-foot that can switch the ball or deliver a dangerous ball into the penalty area from free kicks and corners. The Golden Bears are extremely happy to have him in our line-up.”
Following is a list of 2012 Canada West men’s soccer Awards & All-Stars:
Player of the Year: Gagandeep Dosanjh, UBC
Rookie of the Year: Niko Saler, Alberta
Coach of the Year: Pat Rohla, Trinity Western
Fair Play Award: Victoria
ALL-STARS (alphabetical by position)
                        First Team                                          Second Team
Goalkeeper      Jay Vetsch, Alberta                              Mark Village, Fraser Valley
Fullbacks          Paul Clerc, UBC                                  Gavin Barrett, Victoria
                        Will Hyde, UBC                                   Scott Gilroy, Alberta
                        Andrew Ravenhill, Victoria                  Jeff Marsden, Calgary
                        Niko Saler, Alberta                              Brayden Volkenant, Trinity Western
Midfielders       Brayden Gant, Trinity Western           Brandon Bonifacio, UBC
                        Brett Levis, Saskatchewan                    Cam Hundal, Victoria
                        Navid Mashinchi, UBC                         Zenon Markevych, Alberta
                        Marco Visintin, UBC                            Cameron Schmidt, Alberta
Strikers            Gagandeep Dosanjh, UBC                   Jarvis Ambaka, Trinity Western
                        Marcus Johnstone, Alberta                   Izak Lawrence, Calgary
2012 All-Stars with previous selections…
Gavin Barrett, UVic                  2011 (1st)         2011 CIS (2nd) 2011 CIS Tournament
Brandon Bonifacio, UBC          2010 (1st)         2010 CIS Tournament
Gagandeep Fosanjh, UBC        2010 (1st)         2010 CIS Tournament
Brayden Gant, TWU                2011 (2nd)
Cam Hundal, UVic                   2011 (2nd)        2011 CIS Tournament
Will Hyde, UBC                       2011 (2nd)        2010 (1st)
Marcus Johnstone, AB             2010 (1st)         
Izak Lawrence, Cgy                 2010 (2nd)
Brett Levis, SK                        2011 (2nd)
Zenon Markevych, AB             2010 (1st)
Jeff Marsden, Cgy                    2011 (2nd)
Navid Mashinchi, UBC            2011 (1st)         2011 CIS (2nd)
Andrew Ravenhill, UVic          2011 CIS Tournament
This weekend the Alberta Golden Bears are hosting the Canada West men’s soccer Final Six, with quarter-finals on Friday, semifinals Saturday and medal matches scheduled for Sunday.
Award winners now become finalists for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national awards, to be handed out at the end of the season. The 2012 men’s soccer national championship will be hosted by the Université Laval, November 8-11 in Quebec City.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. "cwuaa" on Twitter.
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Last Updated: 2012-11-02
Author: Mark Janzen