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Lethbridge Sport Council honours Todd Caughlin

Fort Macleod’s Todd Caughlin was honoured in April by the Lethbridge Sport Council.
Caughlin, who is manager of athletics and recreation services at Lethbridge College, received the council’s sports administrator award.
“What an amazing honour,” Caughlin said. “I truly treasure it and feel blessed for being selected for it.”
Lethbridge Sport Council has a mandate of providing leadership and a collective voice for sport in the city, offering quality sport experiences and attracting, creating and retaining sport tourism opportunities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council presented its annual achievement awards last week with presenters and recipients appearing virtually.
The 10th annual achievement awards honoured athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers for their spirit, drive and commitment to sport in the city.
Caughlin was not expecting to receive the award.
“I’m overwhelmed with the idea of receiving such an amazing honour,” Caughlin said in his acceptance speech. “The only reason it did happen is because of the people I work with.”
“My team, and the whole Kodiaks nation, is just something special.”
Nominees must be involved in sports in the city and demonstrate the values of the Lethbridge Sport Council: integrity, inclusiveness, personal rowth and development, co-operation, advocacy and a positive image for sport.
The Sport Administrator Award is presented to the person who has made an overwhelming contribution to sport.
The nominee is consistent with the Lethbridge Sport Council’s vision, mission and values.
Caughlin played volleyball at F.P. Walshe school from Grade 8 to Grade 12, then played for the then-Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks.
Caughlin enrolled at Red Deer College, where he played two seasons for the Kings.
He started coaching women’s volleyball while still at Red Deer College and then became head coach of the LCC men’s team.
Caughlin worked as an assistant coach at Cameron University in Laughton, Oklahoma while working on a master’s degree, and then became head coach of the women’s volleyball team and athletic director at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
From there, Caughlin became head coach of men’s and women’s volleyball at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, before becoming associate athletic director in charge of NCAA compliance at the Academy of Art in San Fransisco.
In 2014 Caughlin joined the staff at Lethbridge College.
“Todd Caughlin’s steady leadership in building the athletic program at Lethbridge College since 2014 has played a large part in the growing success story that is the Kodiaks,” presenter Travis Grindle said.
Grindle, who is a founding sport council board member, said Kodiak athletics in 2019 had one of their best seasons, with 49 provincial and 33 national academic honours.
The Kodiaks had six national Academic All-Canadians as well as one national and four provincial coach of the year honours.
Lethbridge College had 34 individual and 17 provincial medalists.
The Kodiaks this year won one team national championship and one national bronze medal.
“Kodiaks athletics is built on a hunger for athletic prowess and academic excellence,” Grindle said. “Its history is dominated by championship wins, athletic awards and academic recognition.”
“Implemented by Todd, the Kodiaks athletics program is based on core beliefs represented by the three pillars of academic accountability, athletics excellence and the student-athlete experience.”
“Having been a member of the Kodiaks family as an athlete, coach and now manager has led to a pride and determination to continue and improve the culture of success and tradition that Kodiak athletics stands for — a challenge that Todd is embracing full throttle.”
Caughlin praised the Lethbridge Sport Council as a well-run organization of which he is blessed to be part.
Caughlin returned to Lethbridge College 5 1/2 years ago and has enjoyed every minute.
“Just watching the commitment and dedication, and just the true sense of team, has just been so much fun,” Caughlin said. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am to be able to say that I try and lead that.
The Lethbridge Sport Council awards presentation can be viewed at