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Born in Stettler, Alberta, Vang attended the University of Alberta where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Physical Education degree. The pinnacle of Vang’s university wrestling career was in 1991-92 when he was recognized as an Academic All Canadian and was named to the Canada West second All-Star wrestling team. As a wrestler, Vang was provincial champion 13 times, was a six-time national medalist and won a silver medal in the 1987 Commonwealth Games (52 kg. class.)

Vang continued his involvement with national level wrestling, spending time as Technical Coordinator of the Alberta Wrestling Association and a stint as Provincial Wrestling Coach in Saskatchewan, before returning to his home province.

Returning to Edmonton, Vang began a 23 year career involved with the University of Alberta wrestling program, including 16 years as Head Coach.

In 2008, the last time Vang took varsity Bears and Pandas wrestlers to the national championships, one of his athletes (Ter Hart) went on to make the Canadian Pan Am Junior team that traveled to Ecuador, with Vang as the coach. Hart won a bronze medal at those Pan Am Junior Championships.

Recognized at the national level, Vang also contributed to the national (world championship level) wrestling program as well.

In total, as Head Coach of the University of Alberta golden Bears and Pandas, athletes Vang coached won a national senior women’s team championship, 5 national women’s age group championships, 5 more senior national women’s individual gold medals, a national sernior men’s freestyle individual gold medal, a Greco Roman national team championship, 33 CIS medals (5 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), 14 national Greco Roman individual gold medals and 21 Canada West gold medals!

In terms of the national wrestling team program, Vang was selected to the coaching staff, oftentimes as Head Coach, of two World Cup teams, the Canadian team at the Francophone Games, World Cadet Championships, the World Junior Championships and numerous international competitions.

With a wealth of provincial, national and international administrative experience behind him, Vang was chosen as Acting Athletic Director of the University of Alberta in 2009, and in 2011 as Assistant Athletic Director, a position he continues to occupy to-day.

A well-respected CIS member, Vang was voted Chairman of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission by his fellow Commission members in 2010 and as Vice Chair in 2012.

PAT REID
Executive Director
LAUREN SERGY
Commission Member
VANG IOANNIDES
Commission Member
OWEN DAWKINS
Commission Member
DANIEL SPANU
Commission Member
WAYNE RENKE
Commission Member