In Volleyball, Wezer Bridle has done it all, from playing and coaching, to officiating and being an administrator.
He was the first president of the Manitoba Volleyball Association (MVA), an organization he is credited with forming over 30 years ago. The MVA’s present constitution and organization are based on Bridle’s original plans. He is still a leading force in the Winnipeg Senior Men’s League (WSMVL).
He worked tirelessly to promote the growth of volleyball for the youth of Manitoba and Canada. His wish was to make it more than just a school or recreational sport. In the late 1950’s, he organized a group of the best kids from the high school program and created the Central Y Kids. In 1965 he coached them to Manitoba’s first Junior National Championship. From this group came the Age Class Development System used today.
In 1969, in his first year as a coach at the University of Winnipeg, he led the team to win the first Canadian Inter-University Athletic Union (CIAU) title. One of his players, Dennis Nord, an original “Kid”, succeeded Bridle as University of Winnipeg coach, and eventually moved on to coach Canada’s National Men’s Team.
Bridle had been recognized as one of Manitoba’s and Canada’s top officials. Over the past 20 years, he has taken part in CIAU National Championships, Canadian National Championships and the NORCECA (North, Central America Zone) Championships.
Well-versed in National and International volleyball etiquette, Wezer Bridle was instrumental in forming the Manitoba Volleyball Officials Association. He was a charter member of the Manitoba and Canadian Volleyball Halls of Fame, and the first Life Member of the MVA.
b. July 29, 1926