Teams I’ve Coached
Over the years, I have learned many valuable lessons from the teams that I have coached.
Coaching adds meaning to the school year and builds connections with student-athletes over the years.
Volunteering as a Student
- 1997-98 University of Toronto Schools Bantam Boys
- 1998 U.T.S. Varsity Girls
- 1998-99 U.T.S. Bantam Boys
- 1999-00 U.T.S. Grade 7/8 Boys
When the Varsity Boys Team was cancelled, it was necessary to coach in order to remain involved in high school basketball.
Coaching turned out to be more complex than it seemed from the players’ bench. Also, there is never one single solution to every problem and it is imperative to learn from others and see multiple perspectives.
Mentoring the same student-athletes over the course of several years proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences while coaching.
High school players appreciate the opportunity to participate in a significant endeavour and succeed. There are always subtle improvements that can be made in any program, especially regarding team building and mental training. I also realized how coaches must evolve and adjust to each unique team.
Creating a Program
- 2000-01 U.T.S. Junior Varsity Boys
- 2001-02 U.T.S. Junior Varsity Boys
- 2002-03 U.T.S. Varsity Boys
- 2003-04 U.T.S. Varsity Boys
- 2004-05 U.T.S. Grade 7/8 Boys
- 2004-05 U.T.S. Varsity Boys
Assisting at the Next Level
I have always enjoyed analyzing the game at a very cerebral level and appreciated the opportunity to supplement this study with statistics and video.
When players are very talented, strategy and philosophy play a greater role; the skilled team that best exemplifies its values will win.
I tried to make post-secondary athletes active stakeholders in the team by empowering them and respecting their opinions.
We won intramural championships by emphasizing each player’s strengths and valuing effort on the glass and at the defensive end.
- 2006-07 St. George White Tri-Campus Women’s Team
- 2007-08 New College Div I Men’s Team
Becoming a great basketball player does not happen overnight. Elite student-athletes are constantly pushing each other to get better, incorporating little things into their games on a daily basis.
Great coaches must also develop themselves continuously. One of the best ways to do this is to listen and observe those you are coaching with and the players you are coaching.
Skill development involves the mind and the body and it is a team effort.
Training Elite Athletes
- 2009-11 Ontario Basketball Midget Development Team Central East Boys
- 2012 Ontario Basketball Talent Identification and Development Central East Boys
- 2012-13 Ontario Basketball Centre for Performance Central East Boys
- 2014-15 Toronto Triple Threat U19 Boys Elite Program
- 2014-19 Targeted Athlete Strategy/Centre for Performance Toronto
- 2015-20 Canada Basketball Junior Academy
- 2019-20 Etobicoke Thunder U16 Boys
Teaching and Coaching
- 2008-09 Eastern Commerce C.I. Junior Boys “B” Team
- 2009-10 Forest Hill C.I. Varsity Boys Team
- 2010-11 Riverdale C.I. Varsity Boys Team
- 2014-16 Humberside C.I. Varsity Boys Team
- 2016 Bloor C.I. Varsity Girls Team
- 2017 Humberside C.I. Varsity Girls Team
- 2017-18 Humberside C.I. Varsity Boys Team
- 2018-19 North Toronto C.I. Junior Boys Team
- 2019-20 North Toronto C.I. Senior Boys Team