Dundas coach takes on role for Team Ontario

Nate McKibbon  (Photo: Ontario Basketball)

Nate McKibbon (Photo: Ontario Basketball)

Dundas native Nate McKibbon has been named head coach of Ontario Basketball’s Under-17 girls team.

McKibbon returns for his third year as a head coach for Team Ontario. This will be his first season as bench boss for the U17 squad. Last year McKibbon led a strong and talented U15 girls team to gold at the 2013 Canada Basketball National Championships.

He has served as the head coach of the 2012-13 JUEL Champions, the Hamilton Transway Juel Team and was head coach of the Hamilton St. Mary senior girls basketball team which claimed the 2013 AAA Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship.

McKibbon is National Coaching Certificate Program’s Train to Compete certified and is the head coach of Ontario Basketball’s Centre for Performance and assistant coach of Canada Basketball’s Targeted Athlete Strategy.

Team Ontario consists of the top male and female basketball players in the province in the U15 and U17 age categories and is a continual medal favourite. Team Ontario’s coaching staff also represents some of the top coaches in Ontario.

Athletes in the Talent Identification and Development Programs (TIDP), as well as the Centre of Performance (CP) will have an opportunity to develop and experience Team Ontario and continue throughout the provincial team pathway competing for the province and showcasing the skills internationally at the U15 and U17 levels.

Team Ontario’s other coaches include Christa Eniojukan (Ajax), U15 girls; Aaron Blakely (Ottawa), U!5 boys; Jeff Giovanatti (Sault Ste. Marie), U17 boys.

All four programs will be competing at the 2014 National Championships which will take place in Edmonton, at the Saville Community Sports Centre, July 25-30.