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The most university coaching experience in Alberta

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.

Ron Wuotila

Coach Ron Woutila

7th Year Coach CBA
Boy's Program Director

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 Ty McVicar

 Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U18 McVicar

Basketball Background 

 

Coach Craig Jantzen

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U18 McVicar

Basketball Background - played college basketball. Won a national championship as a player in 2009. Coached at MRU for 4 years. Site director with NBC Basketball Camps and have started, directed, and coached various NBC Basketball Camps throughout North America. Currently I teach middle school and coach the boys teams there. 

Why CBA? - “I know Ty McVicar through MRU, and really enjoyed playing for him and coaching with him. I know his coaching philosophy and how he wants to help young men develop and reach their goals. Being around basketball in Calgary and Alberta so long, I know that CBA does a good job and believe they do club basketball the right way. I want to be involved and help these young men have opportunities to play at the next level using my experience and connections with various universities and colleges.”

 

Coach Darcy Weston

2nd Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U16 Weston

Basketball Background - Coaching basketball for the last 20+ years both in high school, club and community. Currently coach at Ernest Manning high school for the JV team where we have finished third in division one for the last two years.  Before that I coached the SV team and have taken them to the provincial 4A tournament my last two years.

President for Calwest basketball for the last four years and have coached several teams in division one and two with our program.
 
Learn to Train and Compete to Train NCCP courses, PGC training along with several coaching clinics in north America.
 
Why CBA? - “The reason I came to CBA is because my basketball philosophies align with our boys program where we are anchored in strong fundamentals, team play with an emphasis on defense.”
 

Marco Casagrande 

Coach Marco Casagrande

12th Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U16 Casagrande

Basketball Background - 26 years coaching Community level/Club level/High School basketball. Coached CBA U13-17 boys basketball for the past 12 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 Cameron Casagrande

 Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U16 Casagrande

Basketball Background -

Jeff Smith 

Coach Jeff Smith

6th Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U15 Smith

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.
  • 5 year player at University of Calgary.
  • 4 year professional player in New Zealand with Northland Marters, Northland Suns and Nelson Giants. During this time, I also played for the Johor Tigers in the very first Malaysian Basketball League and for Petronas Malaysia in ABC Champion’s Cup in Kuala Lumber and Manilla and Merlion Cup in Singapore.
  • 3 years as a Men’s basketball assistant coach at the UofC (2 years) and Mount Royal College (1 year).
  • 13 years coaching both Boys and Girls at Cochrane High, John G Diefenbaker High, Churchill High, William Aberhart High and Nayland College in Nelson, New Zealand.
  • I just completed my 14th year coaching in the Calgary Minor Basketball Association with the Cochrane Minor Basketball Association and Calgary NorthWest Basketball Association.
  • With CBA I have coached Boys’ U13 (x2), U14 (x2), U15, and U17 (x2) and capped off last season with the U17 team by winning the bballnationals, National Club Championship in August.

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.”

 Kaden Hruska  

Coach Kaden Hruska

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U15 Smith

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.”

 Joel Chalifoux

 Coach Joël Chalifoux

4th Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U15 Chalifoux

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).
As a coach, I have over 28 years of coaching experience,including: St. Thomas Junior High School (Red Deer) assistant coach, Red Deer College Kings Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Strathcona Tweedsmuir School High School Boys Basketball (advanced to 1998 Provincial Championships), Calgary Selects Basketball Club coach, Webber Academy Junior and Senior High Boys coach since 2000 (2x coach of the year recipient, Recipient of ASAA Sportsmanship Pin, Winner of ASAA Calgary Independent Zone Award of Merit, 3x Provincial Championships - Winner of the Most Sportsmanlike Team), CMBA coach since 2016 (2016 Mini Boys Provincial champs, 2016 Mini Boys CMBA Spring League champs).
Coaching Credentials:

  • NCCP- Level 1 and 2 Technical and Theory
  • Worked as a camp clinician for Basketball Alberta 1993-95
  • Worked as a coach at various basketball camps, including Olds, Red Deer College, UofA, UofC and NBC Washington Team camp.
  • Attended the Nike Basketball Coaches Clinic in Las Vegas numerous times
  • Passed the ASAA Fundamentals of Coaching and Fundamentals of Coaching Basketball programs.

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 Collin Ralko

1st Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U15 Chalifoux

Basketball Background - played 15U & 17U Team Manitoba provincial teams. Played 5 years as captain at Medicine Hat College. Won 2 ACAC silver and 1 bronze medals. Coached basketball as head or assistant coach for ages 13-18 for the last 9 years.

Why CBA? - “Because the philosophy of long term player development and building better people aligns with my own philosophy. Also, to gain more knowledge and experience as a coach working alongside some of the great basketball minds in Calgary.”

 

Coach Jamie Mulholland

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U15 Chalifoux

Basketball Background 

 

 

Coach Swiednicki

 Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U15 Legacy

Basketball Background 

 
 

Coach Toby Funk

 Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U15 Legacy

Basketball Background 

Coach Brayden Mah

3rd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U15 Legacy

Basketball Background - Prior to coaching with CBA I was a player for U13, U17 and U18 seasons. 

Why CBA? - “The reason I came to CBA, and returned to CBA in U17 was for the sense of family I created with my teamates and coaches. The reason I decided to coach with CBA was because I believe in its systems and values and want to give back and create that same sense of family and friendship with the boys.”

 

Coach Noah Lewis

2nd Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U14 Lewis

Basketball Background - 

MRU player 2012-2018 (captain for final 4 seasons)

MRU Assistant coach 2019-2020 season

Education:

Bachelor of health and physical education-major: physical literacy-minor: biology (Mount Royal University)

Master of Science in sport business and leadership (distinction) @ Loughborough University London

NCCP-multi sport, basketball, volleyball 

Csep-cpt (certified personal trainer)

 

Why CBA? - “I chose the club because of the other coaches in the organization.”

 

Coach Ray Goff

 Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U14 Lewis

Basketball Background 

Kent Prete

Coach Kent Prete

11th Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U14 Lewis

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.” 

 Quinn Taylor

Coach Quinn Taylor

3rd Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U14 Taylor

Basketball Background - 5 Years coaching club basketball. A varsity athlete for the past 4 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 Garrett Kawa

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U14 Taylor

Basketball Background - 3 years playing in the ACAC with St. Mary's University.

Why CBA? - “CBA is a well-respected club in Calgary that has views towards teaching the game that I agree with and share as far as player development goes.”

 

Coach Ken King

1st Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U14 King

Basketball Background - USport Assistant Men's Coach at Laurentian University for four years, then spent five years as the Head Coach of the Red Deer College women's program. Currently the Lead Assistant at Mount Royal University, working with the women's team. Coached boys and girls provincial teams, club from U19 boys to U13 girls and everything in between. NCCP Train to Compete Trained and hoping to get certified in the next year.

Why CBA? - “I have coached in multiple clubs and seen many others and there are too many out there that offer a club product that is flashy and looks good form the outside, but the substance is not actually something that commands respect. CBA is one of the best I've seen in terms of supporting coaching and developing athletes in a way that pushes them to long term success on and off the court and I am excited to be a part of something that is impactful in those ways.”  

 Mike Cowan

Coach Mike Cowan

4th Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U14 King

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 CBA? - “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 Sheldon Brady

6th Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U13 Brady

Basketball Background - 

  • Currently coach Western senior girls and have won 2 Div 1 cities titles and 2 silver medals at cities. Have won 2 Provincial titles and have finished with a silver and bronze and 4th place medals at Provincials. Have been to provincials 9 out of the last 11 years. 
  • Coached the girls CBA teams for the past 4 years and now coaching on the boys side.
  • NCCP level 3 certified
  • Coaching for over 25 years  as a junior high coach, high school coach, an Alberta coach, and helped the out with the U of C men's program for a short while.
  • Coached Bowness senior mens team for 6 years - won some Div 2 cities
  • Coached Club team with the Starz program
  • Played high school ball in Calgary
  • Played for the Alberta U17 team
  • Played one year for the University of Calgary

Why CBA? - “I love the commitment to player development and the inclusive approach the club has. You really get to know many of the players, families and coaches. The high quality of coaching allows for player to grow not only as basketball players but as young men and women."

 

Coach Greg Montgomery

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U13 Brady

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 Jack Wuotila

2nd Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U13 Casatila

Basketball Background - Player with CBA and Western Canada High School. Currently in my 2nd year at University of King's College basketball.

Why CBA? - “I think we're focused on the right things as a club.”

 Nic Casagrande

Coach Nic Casagrande

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U13 Casatila

Basketball Background - Played CBA for 8 years and also a Western Canada High School alumni. 2nd year Saint Mary’s University Men's Basketball Team. 

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.”

 

Coach Seth Lang

3rd Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U12 Lang

Basketball Background - Played 5 years at University of Saskatchewan

Why CBA? - “I like the focus on skill development and align with the values and culture of CBA."

 

Coach Dan Carreiro

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U12 Lang

Basketball Background - NCCP Basketball Level 1 certified, past coach with Point Guard College, and 7 seasons as a high school basketball Head Coach (St. Joseph in Saskatoon and currently Notre Dame Sr. Boys in Calgary)

Why CBA? -  “CBA has a high level of professionalism and focus on fundamentals.”

 

Coach Matt Thompson

6th Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U12 Thompson

Basketball Background - MVP High School Grades 10 & 12 (Churchill HS Calgary). Coached with the CBA Boys program - U11-U14. Also coached Calwest community boys U11, U13, and U15. NCCP L2T Certified (2019).

Why CBA? - “I believe the multifaceted CBA method of year-round programming, skill progression, training, and team play is the best way to run club basketball. Teaching our young people how to play the right way and building character as well as making sure that every individual player is evaluated and put in a position to succeed long-term is the CBA culture and a key differentiator for our club.”

 

Coach Todd Morrell

1st Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U11 Morrell

Basketball Background - Coached youth basketball for over 30 years. NCCP Level 3 Train to Compete (T2C) Certified. Coached kids from U11 to High School. I still enjoy playing basketball as well.

Why CBA? - “I chose CBA because it’s a club that is not only concerned about growth in kids basketball ability, but also how these kids become good citizens."

 

Coach Jason Comandante

2nd Year Coach CBA
Assistant Coach Boys U11 Morrell

Basketball Background - Played high school basketball form Henry Wisewood.

Why CBA? - “CBA is the most transparent club who places player development above all else.”

 

Coach Rhett Scott

1st Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U11 Scott

Basketball Background - Played CBA for 8 years, 6 years of school basketball and redshirted for Ambrose University.

Why CBA? - “CBA has been a big part in the evolution of my game starting at the age of 10 and finishing with CBA at 18. And now it is time for me to give the knowledge I have gained and put it towards the next generation.”

 

Coach Aidan Smith

1st Year Coach CBA
Head Coach Boys U11 Smith

Basketball Background

 

Coach Jeffrey Tezo

2nd Year Coach CBA
Skills Trainer

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 David Kapinga

Skills Trainer

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.”

 






 

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