Introducing Wesley Hackl, a fourth-year business student from Red Deer, Alberta and captain of the junior varsity men’s volleyball team. Hackl is a Prairie Athletic Conference 2-time All-Star, 2019 league MVP, 2018 gold medalist, and 2019 silver medalist.
Hackl’s volleyball career began in junior high when he began playing for his school’s team. “Tried out in middle school and was hooked,” shared Hackl, “I kept playing from there.” He then went on to play for the Central Alberta Kings Volleyball Club, as well as continuing to play for his high school, Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. Hackl explains why volleyball became his main sport, sharing, “coaches played a big influence, I had really good coaches who helped me develop a love for the sport.” His coaches helped nourish his love for the game, making volleyball Hackl’s main sport.
It was in his last year of high school that Hackl was introduced to Briercrest. “I came on a recruiting trip,” Hackl explained, being contacted by Nigel Mullan, head coach of the varsity men’s volleyball team, who invited Hackl to attend the recruiting trip. “I had a really good time with the players I stayed with,” which helped Hackl make his decision to attend Briercrest. Although he did not play for the varsity team, Hackl received the opportunity to lead the junior varsity team, captaining them to a gold medal in 2018.
For Hackl, “winning the PAC championship has been one of my highlights at Briercrest,” and he is grateful for his experience with the team and opportunity to lead it. A verse that has helped Hackl in his role as a captain is Romans 12:9, which states, “Don’t pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” Hackl seeks to apply this verse to all areas of his life, but especially on the court. “Being the captain has put me in a position of leadership where I try to show everyone God’s love,” Hackl commented. “It’s helped clean my game up and made me aware of how I play, as we want to be aware of our behaviour in front the of the other teams.”
It is this leadership ability and skill that will be missed as Hackl graduates in the spring of 2020. Although he is still deciding his future, Hackl knows that there are two options he is passionate about. He comments “I want to either further my studies and get my masters, or I want to get into the travel industry and work at an airport or for an airline in a management position.” Hackl will be missed as he moves on from the college, but Briercrest is thankful for his commitment and proud to have had Hackl as a part of its junior varsity volleyball program.