Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Parrish vacating role at Canada Basketball

Canada Basketball's Director to vacate role

Canada Basketball’s executive director is not exactly stepping down, but he is not exactly staying on, either.

Wayne Parrish, who took the role with the organization in 2007, is joining Postmedia Network, which owns the National Post, as the chief transformation officer. Parrish will continue on with Canada Basketball on the group’s board, but will leave the staff.

His duties will likely be split up, and the vacancy he leaves should be filled.

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Ref eyes roundball history

It is believed that no Canadian has officiated an NBA game, but Calgary's Michael Weiland is determined to be the one.

It’s not just in the casinos on the Strip where some dreams are being realized and others shattered.

A few kilometres east, on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus, basketball prospects and former stars alike are playing in the NBA Summer League this week, hoping to show a team they’re good enough to fill out a roster as the 12th or 13th man this coming fall.

Then there’s Michael Weiland.



Finally, Canada Basketball is on the rebound

He was not, Wayne Parrish realized, in the strongest bargaining position.

As the newly minted executive director of Canada Basketball in the summer of 2007, he found himself in charge of a broken organization with a $1.3-million deficit on an annual budget of about $3-million. Its teams struggled internationally, and some of its most high-profile potential allies – Steve Nash and Jay Triano are just two examples – had been alienated.



According to Alistar McInness of the Prince George Free Press, new Winnipeg Head Coach Mike Raimbault will be brining one of his top players from last season's CCAA championship team, Jose Araujo, to the Wesmen as one of his first recruits. Araujo is a 6'1" guard originally from Brampton d'Youville, who played his first two post-secondary seasons at Humber College where he helped the Hawks to the OCAA championship in 2005-06. He is a joint Canadian-Salvadorian citizen who also has spent time on the El Salvador National basketball team. At UNBC, Araujo participated in back-to-back CCAA championship tournaments and this past season was a First Team tournament all-star as UNBC won their first ever National championship.

Jose Araujo to Winnipeg ?

Most of last year’s UNBC men’s basketball squad will be back, but it appears as though one Jose Araujo will be following the footsteps of his former head coach.

Although no official announcement has been made, a couple of sources closely connected to the UNBC Northern Timberwolves expect Araujo to commit to the University of Winnipeg to re-join Mike Raimbault.

Both UNBC men’s head coach Todd Jordan and UNBC housing and residence life manager Zane Robison, a former head coach of the Timberwolves, noted that Araujo is leading towards joining the Winnipeg Wesmen men’s program. Less than one month after guiding the Timberwolves to their first national title in March, Raimbault accepted the head coaching position for the Wesmen, who play in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association branch of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Araujo is a guard entering his fifth and final year of CIS eligibility. UNBC attempted to join Canada West, but their bid was rejected by the governing body’s board of directors in Victoria in May.

“(Araujo) really loved the fans here and loved the community support,” said UNBC men’s head coach Todd Jordan, hired as Raimbault’s replacement last month. “At the same time, he’s making a decision about whether he wants to go on and play at a little bit of a higher level and those sort of things. It’s still up in the air. But if I had to say right now, I’d say he’s probably leaning towards not coming back.”


RMC Hires ex-Gael as women's coach

Royal Military College has hired former Queen's Golden Gaels basketball player James Bambury as its women's basketball coach.

The native of Lower Sackville, N.S. played for the Gaels from 2000 to 2003. He spent the past two years as the women's coach for a university- based club team at Leeds Metropolitan University in England.

Previous RMC coach Brad Schur, a Perth native, stepped down after an eight-year run with the Paladins in May. In their seven years of Ontario University Athletics competition, the Paladins have won just one game.


South Dakota State Jackrabbits will play four exhibition games in Winnipeg from Aug. 23-27, taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows Division I teams to take one international preseason trip every four years. SDSU will play Manitoba Bisons and Winnipeg Wesmen twice each, as follows:

Aug. 23 - at University of Winnipeg
Aug. 24 - at University of Manitoba
Aug. 26 - at University of Winnipeg
Aug. 27 - at University of Manitoba


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