Wohlford to retire from coaching

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

After six seasons as head coach of the Capilano University Blues women's volleyball team, and nearly 30 years coaching overall, Cal Wohlford has announced that he is retiring from coaching.

In his six seasons with the Blues, Wohlford posted a career regular season record of 87-57 – winning a PACWEST silver medal in 2013-14 and three conference bronze medals between 2015 and 2017. He led Capilano to an appearance at the CCAA Nationals in 2014, where the Blues finished in 5th/6th place.

Wohlford coached five CCAA Academic All-Canadians, two CCAA All-Canadians, and one PACWEST Player of the Year. A total of 13 women's volleyball student-athletes were named CCAA National Scholars during his tenure, while 13 won the PACWEST Academic Excellence Award.

"I have been fortunate that both my family and work have been flexible enough to allow me to dedicate myself to this team," said Wohlford. "With the countless hours put into practices, video, and games home and away, coaching at CapU has been a lot of work, but it gave me the opportunity to coach some amazing, wonderful and talented athletes over six years. I look forward to watching the success of this program grow and will continue to be supportive in any way that I can. I want to thank Milt and his amazing staff in the Athletics Department who have been like a second family to me."

Wohlford coached on the North Shore for over 20 years at the club, high school, and post-secondary levels. Prior to Capilano, he was the head coach of the women's volleyball team at Thompson Rivers University and an assistant with Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. He also spent 20 years as a coach with the BC Olympic Volleyball Club in North Vancouver.

Wohlford will continue to be a part of the volleyball community as a partner and general manager with Canuckstuff Volleyball in Vancouver.

"On behalf of CapU I wish Cal all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for the six years of service to the Department of Athletics & Recreation," said Milt Williams, CapU Manager of Athletics & Recreation.