MRU transfer has ‘big’ influence on Trojans

Frank Jones, SAIT Trojan Volleyball player and Culinary student joined the Trojans after a year playing for cros town rival MRU. He came to SAIT for their superior academic program, and was glad he could still play ACAC volleyball. James MacKenzie Photo

Frank Jones, a six-foot-seven, 240 pound middle, is the son of two RCMP officers and has lived in many places throughout Canada. He has now brought those experiences to the SAIT Trojans men’s volleyball team this season.
A first-year cooking student at SAIT, Jones said it wasn’t easy growing up with two parents in the RCMP force.
“There would be times when I wouldn’t see one parent for almost a week. One would have a day shift and the other a night, so it was almost ‘rare’ to see them together, which was hard,” said Jones.
Despite these challenges, Jones credits his parents with the career path he eventually wants to follow.
“Their lives have influenced me to want to become an RCMP officer because I’ve grown up with it and it’s a part of my life.”
Last year Jones suited up for the Mount Royal University Cougars, but decided after one year to attend SAIT to pursue a different education and play for the Trojans.
“I left MRU due to the fact that it wasn’t a fit for me schooling wise,” said Jones. “Don’t get me wrong, I miss MRU. But I love the (decision) to come to SAIT.”
Head coach Ryan Marsden has high praise for Jones and considers him to be a great addition to the Trojans. “Frank is one of the best middles in the country without a doubt,” said Marsden. “He is such a competitor and never wants to lose.”
Though the season hasn’t unfolded quite as planned, both Jones and Marsden still believe there are positives to take away.
“(The season) has had its ups and downs. We’re a young team but still a dominant force in the country,” said Jones.
“The season has been one of learning … we had to endure some chemistry issues,” said Marsden.
However, these issues haven’t been a problem for Jones, who has slotted in nicely for the Trojans and is cementing his status as one of the most dominant forces on the volleyball court.

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