Mariners at the break 2018

It’s an exciting time to be a Mariners fan. Our women’s volleyball team is playing at an elite level sitting at 10-0 and 8 points ahead of the second place, Douglas Royals, in the PACWEST. Another undefeated team going into the break is our tenacious women’s basketball team; with a combination of gritty defensive play … Continued

Zoe Grace Q&A

With the VIU Mariners Women’s Soccer season in full swing and playoffs forthcoming, we chatted with newly appointed Apprentice Coach Zoe Grace in order to get to know her even better. Coach Grace was among 12 candidates chosen for the 2018-19 Female Apprentice Coach Program established by the CCAA in 2004. Kevin Lindo, Head Coach … Continued

Ballin’ on a budget

Waiting on that student loan to come in? Wallet feeling a little light? Here are a bunch of things you can do for free—or at least, on the cheap—in the Nanaimo area until your bank account hits the quadruple digits again. The Cultural Couch Series The Cultural Couch Series is a student-led weekly event. Each week is … Continued

Coach Profile: Avneet Brar

When VIU’s basketball team emerges from timeouts, the last person to speak to players isn’t always Head Coach Matt Kuzminski, but Avneet Brar, his assistant. As the huddle breaks up, Brar grabs as many players as he can and shows them a diagram of the court on a whiteboard, walking them through what is about … Continued

Mariners Profile: Turner Popoff

Mariners defenseman Turner Popoff isn’t trying to impress with his fancy stick handling skills or goal-scoring prowess. Instead, the fourth-year accounting major takes a far more blue-collar approach to the game he plays, relishing in the little things that hold a team together. With the team playing in their first BCIHL season, Popoff’s veteran leadership … Continued

Bill Merriman retires from VIU soccer

Vancouver Island University’s head coach of the men’s soccer team, Bill Merriman, is retiring after nine successful seasons with the Mariners. Merriman took over the program in 2009 and had instant success, winning a PACWEST silver medal in his first year, and then went on to win a CCAA National Championship in 2010. Under Merriman’s … Continued

Mariners Profile: Bryson Cox

Playing in his final season at VIU, basketball guard Bryson Cox has a lot to be proud of. Throughout his five-year career his coaches and teammates have relied on his leadership, both on and off the court. He took time to chat with the Navigator about the team’s preparation for the upcoming provincials, and personal … Continued

Mariners spring into 2018

Though the weather may not feel like it, spring is just around the corner. Soccer season officially ended in dramatic fashion, and we are reaching the final stretch for our remaining Mariners teams. Here’s everything you need to know in prep for the spring sports season. Men’s Basketball The Men’s team opened 2018 with impressive … Continued

Zoe Grace profile

Over the past four years, Zoe Grace has made an impact on VIU’s Women’s Soccer team. The senior from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a very strong defensive player and loves working with her teammates to achieve success. The Physical Education major took time to reflect on the Mariners season, give advice for aspiring athletes, and share … Continued

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