Redeemer welcomes Chiarot to women’s basketball

redeemer_bannerApparently, what’s good for the gander, is good for the goose.

One year after a former captain of McMaster’s men’s basketball team assumed the head coaching duties of the Redeemer Royals, the ex-captain of the Marauders women’s team, is taking on the head coaching duties of the Royals’ women’s team.

Taylor Chiarot will patrol the sidelines in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play for the 2013-14 season. Chiarot was a four-time Ontario University Athletics all-star at McMaster and captain of the team in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

At Redeemer, she joins former McMaster basketball captain, Jamie Girolametto.

A Hamilton native, Chiarot graduated from McMaster in 2012 and then went to Germany after striking a one-year deal with TSV Lamstedt of the German Second Division. While playing her professional basketball in Germany, Chiarot also assisted in the development of 12 and 13 year olds through a girl’s team.

Chiarot said her reason to shift from player to coach was “…that it is time to give back to my community through coaching. I hope to have a positive impact on the players I coach and add to their basketball abilities while learning myself. Coaching is the next step in my basketball career. I can only hope to instill the same passion for the game of basketball that I have had since I started playing fourteen years ago.”

So why Redeemer?

“It is a great way for me to start my coaching career”, said Chiarot. “Joining the Royals will be an amazing opportunity for me to learn and build on my existing knowledge of basketball. I hope to gain invaluable coaching experience at the OCAA level from my time at Redeemer and hope to help push the team to be the best it can possibly be.”

She played her high school basketball at St. Mary Secondary School, played one year in the Blessed Sacrament Club System, and the rest of her club career at Hamilton Transway.

Taylor completed her university career 13th all time in OUA scoring with 1,289 points and left McMaster as the women’s basketball all-time leading scorer.

Athletic Director Dave Mantel welcomed Chiarot to Redeemer’s the staff saying, “Redeemer University College is a great place to learn and be supported. Taylor’s leadership and experiences as a player will lend to her abilities to contribute meaningfully to our program. We are very excited to have her join our Coaching Staff. Our entire staff is dedicated to welcoming Taylor and giving her every opportunity to experience all aspects of coaching at the collegiate level.”

Head Coach Rob Hooper spoke on Taylor’s decision to move in the direction of coaching. “We are very pleased to welcome such a strong competitor to our coaching staff”, said Hooper. “Her dedication to this game is second to none, and we believe that she will commit herself to coaching in the same way she did as a player.”