Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Rana adds former Humber Assistant to Rams staff

from Jim McLarty Ryerson SID....

Ryerson Rams men's basketball coach Roy Rana has announced the addition of assistant Ajay Sharma to his coaching staff for the upcoming 2010-11 season.  Sharma spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at Humber College. During that time, he helped lead the Hawks to four Ontario (OCAA) titles as well as a bronze medal at the 2009-10 Canadian championship (CCAA).

"We are very excited to add another quality coach to our staff," said Rana. "Ajay has been a winner at every level and is a technically sound coach with years of post secondary experience. He will be a key asset in the ongoing development of our program. I'm really looking forward to working with him."

Sharma also served as head coach of the Ontario U17 Development Team in 2008 and was associate coach for the bronze medal winning Team Ontario at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, PEI. In 2009, he was a guest coach for Rana's Canadian Cadet Men's National Team. He was also a guest coach for the Indian Basketball Federation at its 2006 Commonwealth Games training camp.

Sharma has been head coach of Canada's Hoop Factory Elite team for the past two years. In 2009, the team became the first non-European squad to win the Victor Rho Milan International Basketball Tournament. The tournament is comprised of the top club teams at the 17-and-under division throughout Europe. At the 2010 event, Sharma led Hoop Factory Elite to a second place finish. He has also coached at the high school level for 10 years.

The Rams will open the pre-season on October 3 at Sheridan College. The team's OUA opener is November 5 against McMaster at Kerr Hall.

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