Thursday, 3 January 2008

AUS time change, Pat Lee returns to TWU

We'll have a full weekend preview coming up later however here are a couple of public service announcements, most notably a time change for the important Acadia at St. Mary's game in Halifax tomorrow...

**NEW** Here is an article from today's Hamilton Spectator on Terry Licorish, Mac's newest roster addition by Larry Moko New Marauders Man, Talented Big Man makes Mac debut on Saturday

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Please note the following time changes to tomorrow night's (Friday, Jan. 4th) Acadia at Saint Mary's double header basketball games in Halifax.

The women's game will begin at 7:00pm followed by the men's game at 9:00pm, not at 6:00pm and 8:00pm as originally scheduled.

Also note that the 7:00pm women's game is a 'Think Pink For Breast Cancer' fundraiser, an initiative started by the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association where all teams across the country host a game to raise awareness of breast cancer. Proceeds from the game go to the breast cancer fund.

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Saskatchewan Huskies have a tribute to newly-crowned program scoring leader Andrew Spagrud on their site at

Here is a YouTube clip from the recent Wesmen Classic slam dunk competition won by Calgary's Ross Bekkering

Pat Lee Returns to TWU -TWU Alum Appointed Interim Men’s Basketball Coach

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Today Trinity Western University Director of Athletics Murray Hall announced that TWU alum Pat Lee would be the interim coach for the Spartans men’s basketball team until the University has completed its search and selected a full-time head coach for the men’s basketball program.

“I have every confidence in Pat's leadership as he comes into a difficult situation. His extensive coaching resume, his success in dealing with student athletes and his personality are a solid blend of what is needed over the next several weeks for the Spartans men’s basketball program," commented Hall. “Pat will remain with the team until the season finishes, at which time we are optimistic that a new head coach will have been hired.”

Lee has an extensive post-secondary coaching resume. He was the head coach of the University College of the Fraser Valley for 11 years. During his tenure with the Cascades Lee accumulated a career record of 191-68 in the BCCAA. His wins included three British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA) provincial crowns and three Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national titles (1999-00, 2001-02, 2003-04). Lee boasts a career record of 212-75, having spent two seasons as head coach of UCFV’s women’s team (1985-87). He was named BCCAA Coach of the Year in 1997-98.

Before his coaching days Lee played for the University of Calgary (1974-76, 1978-79) and Trinity Junior College (1968-71). Lee enjoyed a successful career at Calgary capped off by being named Canada West First Team All-Star after leading the conference in rebounding and ranking in the top ten in scoring. He participated in two national championships with Calgary in 1976 and ’79. Lee had transferred to Calgary from Trinity Junior College where he was named First Team All-Star in 1970-71 and was runner-up for conference Player of the Year.

Trinity Western University’s is currently accepting applications for the position of full-time men’s basketball coach. The search will continue until a suitable candidate is found. However, those applying by January 15th will be given preference. To submit application and attach resume and cover letter go online to: or

For more information contact:
Murray Hall – Director of Athletics

Jeremy Sawatzky provides a Brandon vs. UCFV preview in Head Coach Barnaby Craddock's return to the Wheat City... Bobcats, Craddock Prepare For First Head-to-Head Meeting Written by: Jeremy Sawatzky, BU Sports Information

BRANDON, MB - The reigning CIS coach of the year returns to Brandon this weekend.

Fraser Valley head coach Barnaby Craddock will face his former team Friday night at the BU Gym, marking the first time the two sides have clashed since Craddock left the Bobcats six months ago.

"I've got great friendships with all the guys on the team," said Craddock via telephone on Tuesday. "We went through something really special last year, and I still wake up in cold sweats at 4 in the morning thinking maybe if a shot went in or we'd done something different, maybe we'd have a national championship."

Brandon head coach Mike Raimbault – who served as Craddock's assistant during his two year stint in the Wheat City – has led the 5th ranked 'Cats to an impressive 9-1 conference record so far this season. When asked whether or not Friday's contest would feel any different than the first ten games of his CIS career, the rookie head coach chuckled.

"Barnaby taught these guys a lot the past couple of years, so there's no doubt it's going to be an emotional night," said Raimbault. "I do think it will be weird for me to look down at the other bench and see him there."

The Bobcats were 30-12 during Craddock's two seasons in Brandon, highlighted by a second place finish at last year's CIS National Championship. The B.C. native left the BU coaching position six months ago, despite returning most of his players – many of whom he helped bring to Brandon – for the 2007-08 campaign. Craddock admits he still has a vested interest in the BU program. He checks their box scores.
He gets a laugh whenever the normally gun-shy Nathan Grant hits a three-pointer. And he believes his protégé is doing a tremendous job coaching the players he used to call his own.

"I think Mike's a great hire and I really hope the university sees that he's the right person to be there in the long run," Craddock stated emphatically. "I'm happy to see him win and do well, and besides the game when we play, where obviously I'm going to do my utmost to get a win for our program, I'm supporting Brandon all the way and I'm hoping they get back to Nationals and make some noise."

Craddock's departure is water under the bridge for the Bobcat players.
They realize it was a business decision, that it was something Craddock needed to do for the betterment of his career. And yet there was a sense during Wednesday's practice that they want to teach their old coach a lesson.

"We want to kick his butt," joked Yuri Whyms, a huge smile spread across his face. "But I'm sure he wants to kick our butts, too. We definitely love the guy, and there's no animosity or hostility there… but we want to beat him badly."

He paused to laugh.

"I mean, it's like… 'Coach, you could be here, but you wanted to go out there, so, alright, here's what you're missing.'"

Adam Hartman echoed those sentiments.

"We definitely don't want him to get a win in our gym," quipped the 5th year forward. "Barnaby is such a good friend to all of us, and there's going to be a lot of emotion out there… but we also want to take care of business, you know, show him what he walked away from."

Friday will mark the first time Craddock has coached in the BU Gym since the 'Cats dropped a 76-73 decision to the UBC Thunderbirds at last year's Canada West Final Four.

"That last game, we're down there in the changing room, having our pre-game, and we can hear the crowd packed into the gym, stomping and chanting 'Bobcats, Bobcats'," noted Craddock. "And we're down there in the locker room, and I think every guy on our team had chills going down their spine at that point."

The Cascades enter Friday's contest with a record of 5-7. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 o'clock. The game can be seen live across Western Manitoba on WCG-TV.

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