No boys club in Alberta has senior coaches with more university/college coaching experience than CBA. This includes experience at the NCAA, U Sport and CCAA levels. An objective awareness of what is required to play beyond high school is essential and CBA programming is based on having a clear understanding of what university/college coaches are looking for and how to set players up for a productive and enjoyable experience at the university/college level. Former players make great coaches, and CBA has many of them coaching teams and programs in the club, but university/college coaching experience provides a clear understanding of what it takes to succeed at the next level and to help players find the right fit to ensure they land in the right program and have a productive post-secondary experience.
Coach Ron Woutila
6th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - 7 years Head Coach at Mount Royal University (6 with men, 1 with women), 3 years assistant coach in the NCAA, 5 years as General Manager for the British Olympic teams, over 25 years of coaching experience, currently leading Own the Podium’s Coaching Enhancement Program, which provides development opportunities for all of the top Olympic and Paralympic Canadian coaches.
Why CBA? - “I am proud of our commitment to developing players and people the right way. Player development does not happen overnight and the young men and women who commit to CBA benefit greatly from our culture and coaches. As well, the coaches work as a team, which trickles down and has a profound impact on the players.”
Coach Ryan Cunningham
4th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - Played 2 years at Medicine Hat College and 3 years at Mount Royal University, Master Teacher and Tour Coach for NBC camps for 4 years.
Why CBA? - “I found that it took a lot of people dedicating a lot of time to help me along my journey through the various levels of basketball. CBA's core values match very closely to mine and want to be one of those people to help these young men through their journey.”
Coach Quinn Taylor
2nd Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - 4 Years coaching club basketball. Currently a varsity athlete for the past 3 years at Mount Royal University, and 2 years at St.Mary's University Calgary. Former member of the Alberta provincial basketball team and center performance athlete, and former club player for CBA. Canada Basketball/NCCP Learn 2 Train coaching certification.
Why CBA? - “As a current varsity basketball athlete and a former CBA club player I want to pass on my training and experiences gained through my participation with the CBA program."
Coach Kent Hecker
1st Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - 10 years coaching boys and girls at the club and community level. Played high school basketball in BC and played on BC provinial teams for for years (U17 and U19). Played 5 years at the University of Lethbridge.
Coach Jeffrey Tezo
Skills Trainer / Assistant Coach Boys U15 White
Basketball background: Played for one of the top prep school in North America (Thetford Basketball Academy), College finals MVP (2017), Top40 player in the GymRatChallenge Tournament (66 teams) in Albany (15 yrs old), recruited by NCAA and USports universities, currently playing for UofC Dinos.
Why CBA? - “This program was introduced to me by one of my closest friends and someone that I call a brother David Kapinga and I think that my reasoning matches his which is to help the players develop their skills and the way the program is ran is great because it’s based on the development of the players and not profit.”
Coach Marco Casagrande
11th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - 25 years coaching Community level/Club level/High School basketball. Coached CBA U13-17 boys basketball for the past 11 years. Previous board member with Calgary Minor Basketball Association and Past-President of North Central Community Basketball. Certified in FUNdamentals (Level 1) and Learn to Train (Level 2) NCCP coaching. Previous University level playing experience with Malaspina College.
Why CBA? - “CBA has always been committed to non-positional, player development, right back to the early days of the club. My older boys benefitted from the balance of comprehensive skill development and the wide range of game experiences, that the coaches and parents can offer the team. I have always believed that our responsibility as a coach spans more than the on-court performance. It is our responsibility to turn these young boys/girls into better adults and leave them with a deep love for this great game. I am most proud that many players I have coached, have given back to future generations, by coaching in the club and continuing this vision. CBA has always fostered this responsibility through its activities, making it unique in the basketball community.”
Coach Per Humle
5th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background -3 years of postsecondary basketball and coached basketball for the past 26 years in three different provinces for community, club and high school programs. My coaching experience goes far beyond basketball as I am and have been responsible for coaching individuals, teams and businesses to success in financial services. Coaching is about building on the individuals abilities and goals to further their results and the results of the team.
Why CBA? - “It was the people at CBA that attracted my family to the club. The club has a genuine objective of developing players that can both play and understand the game.”
Coach Kaden Hruska
1st Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - Head Coach of the Senior Boys’ Basketball team at Bishop Carroll High School. Former club player. UofC BKin student (Leadership in Pedagogy and Coaching with a concentration in Coaching).
Why CBA? - “CBA gives players the opportunity to grow and mature both as basketball players and as young adults with the long term as our focus. With the future in mind it allows for players to develop and unlock their full potential, while learning how to play at the next level under the guidance of the experienced coaching staff.”
Coach Jeff Smith
5th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - Graduated as All-Manitoba from Crocus Plains High School in Brandon, MB. Played on 5 Provincial Teams for Manitoba and Alberta competing in the Western Canadian Juvenile Championships(x2), National Junior Championships, Western Canada Summer Games and the Canada Summer Games.
Why CBA? - “When we decided that it was time for our oldest child to start playing basketball my wife and I spent considerable time researching the different clubs in town. We were impressed with CBA’s vision of how basketball should be taught and played and the people we dealt with, so we decided to try CBA. Since that time the rest of the family have all joined CBA. My wife and I coach and all four of our children are CBA players. It makes for crazy logistics in the spring but the growth in our children as players and as young people has made it all worthwhile. CBA has become an irreplaceable part of our family.”
Coach Joël Chalifoux
3rd Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - As a player: Played at what is now known has Notre Dame High School in Red Deer (Central Alberta All-Star in senior year). Member of Team Alberta for 2 years and played in the Canada Summer Games. Played for Red Deer College Men’s Basketball Team (team Rookie of the Year & MVP, ACAC All Star), . Transferred to and played for UofA Golden Bears under coach Don Horwood (‘94/’95 CIS National Champions).
Why CBA? - “I coach at CBA because of the outstanding way they promote character over winning. Outstanding coaches and leaders with integrity have always been something I admired about the CBA program. This is my third year with CBA and I can honestly say that I am proud to affiliate myself with such outstanding individuals!”
Coach Kurt Pedersen
6th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - 8 years coaching with Calwest Basketball (Mini's, Bantom, Midget), 4 years coaching CBA (U10 -U14), Played for UofC men’s varsity basketball team (’90-92), Mount Royal Collegemens varsity basketball team (‘88-‘90), member of Team Alberta in 1989 (Canada Summer Games). CBA and CMBA coach for 6 years.
Why CBA? - "The CBA organization has a philosophy of developing quality young men and woman beyond basketball. That objective is achieved through the involvement of so many high quality individuals who I respect and enjoy spending time with and who share my love of basketball."
Coach Kent Prete
10th Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - Saskatchewan Provincial Team Basketball & Volleyball member. University of Waterloo Varsity Volleyball Team member. 10 years coaching both SoCal Community Basketball & CBA Club Basketball. Canada Basketball Learn to Train certified.
Why CBA? - “The best memories of my youth were of my involvement with sports. The lessons I learned from competing at a competitive level; perseverance, respect, hard work, gratitude, are all principles that have carried over to success in other areas of my life. Sharing these principles with the young people in my community is a passion I am privileged to be a part of through my role with CBA.”
Coach Hubert Ng
3rd Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - Player for St. Francis High School Basketball. Coach at mini and bantam levels for the past 4 years and have been continually learning through the tutelage of CMBA coaching workshops and the CBA coaches.
Why CBA? - “Basketball is a sport that I love. It demands a high level of athleticism, teamwork, leadership and mental toughness. These are things this game has given to me and what the CBA believes in developing in their athletes. I am blessed to be in this position to help impact these boys not only in skill and team development on the court, but to strengthen them as individuals off the court as well.”
Coach Greg Montgomery
1st Year Coach CBA
Basketball Background - Played U17 Team Alberta, competing at junior nationals. Played 2 seasons at UofC. Youth basketball through Calgary Minor Basketball and the Club system the past 4 years.
Why CBA? - “I believe in helping the boys to develop toughness, as players and people, in the right kinds of ways. This includes an emphasis on players working each day to get better. I believe CBA emphasizes meeting victory and defeat the same way: get up the next day and continue to work to be better than they were the day before. For tough players, a championship or a trophy is not a goal; it is a destination. The goal is to get better every day.”
Coach Mike Cowan
Head Coach Boys U13
Basketball Background - Played Carleton Guardsmen club basketball for Dave Smart (Ottawa). Played Varsity Volleyball at Western University. CBA and CalWest CMBA coach for last 3 years. Rideau Park School Senior Girls Team coach last 2 years. Advanced CMBA coaches Theory and on court series
Why do I coach? - “Athletics and competition have always been a big part of my life. I have been very fortunate to play for and learn from some great coaches. I coach basketball to give back, help develop young athletes in our community and help expose them to all of the benefits of hard work, team play, and competition that will help them succeed in basketball and in life.”
Coach David Kapinga
Basketball background - played for St Mary's High School; went to high school in Kentucky for 2 years, won conference tournament and got 2 in state tournaments; played for Nike EYBL Kentucky Travelers; went prep school at St Louis Christian academy; played at Union College for 1 year; currently playing for UofC, team captain, won national championships and was tournament MVP; getting ready to go play pro overseas.
Why CBA?: “The stability of the program and its decisions have impressed me. I choose to train players at CBA because they have shown a focus on player development with an emphasis on hiring coaches that have played the sport of basketball.”
Coach Nic Casagrande
Head Coach Boys U11 Orange
Basketball Background - Played CBA for 8 years and also a Western Canada High School alumni. After high school, signed with Saint Mary’s University and I’m now going into my second year this upcoming fall.
Why CBA? - “I’ve been with CBA for a very long time now and I’ve always wanted to give back to the program. Lots of coaches impacted me in such a positive way and helped me grow into the man I am today. I’ve always wanted to have that same impact on the younger generation to help them grow into great basketball players and young men.”