Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Hemmings to coach in Cyprus

Thanks to Dale Stevens from the Canadian University Basketball Discussion list for sending along this note from Brandon University

Bobcats past head coach Hemmings off to Cyprus

BRANDON, MB - Jerry Hemmings, the winningest coach in Canadian University men's
basketball history, will be taking a leave of absence from Brandon University
for the upcoming academic year. Hemmings, the basketball Coach Emeritus at
Brandon, has accepted an offer to coach Team AEK for the 2009-10 season in the
Cyprus professional league.

Hemmings coached the Brandon University Men's Basketball Team from 1974-2003.
During his tenure at Brandon University, his teams won four national
championships and a record 734 games. Hemmings coached and developed 14
players to All-Canadian status and four players were named CIS National Player
of the Year. One of those players is the Bobcat's present head coach, Keith

"Coach Hemmings is a great mentor to our young coaches at BU. Jerry's wealth of
experience will undoubtedly challenge Team AEK at the professional level," said
Kirk DeFazio, Director of Athletics at Brandon University.

Hemmings has previous international coaching experience. He has been a head
coach both in Austria and Syria, where his Ah-Ittihad team in Syria's largest
city of Aleppo, won the regular season championship in 2004.

Hemmings coached with the Canadian National Team from 1989 through to the World
Championships held in Toronto in 1994. He was the head coach of the 1991 World
University Team that won a silver medal in Sheffield, England. That year,
Hemmings' team defeated the Soviet Union in the semi-finals before losing to
the USA team in the gold medal game. That team was also the last to defeat the
USSR in international basketball.

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