Basketball Manitoba's current Board Members are...
President - Ross Wedlake
Ross Wedlake has been involved in basketball for over 40 years as a player, coach and now as an official. He coached the Varsity Boys basketball program at Kildonan-East for 20 years, worked as an assistant with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen for 12 years, coached the Varsity Girls at Tec Voc High School and River East Collegiate and the JV Boys and Varsity Girls at St. John's High School. He was a two-term member of the MHSAA Board of Directors and presently a member of the Board of Sport Manitoba and the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE). He is an active coaching Learning Facilitator for Coaching Manitoba and Basketball Manitoba and is the present Chair of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted as a player in 1996). He retired as the Vice Principal of St. John's High School after 34 years as an educator in 2005.
Vice President - Trish Hallson
Trish is the Varsity Girls basketball coach at Lord Selkirk, and has coached both junior and senior high school boys or girls for many years. She also coaches community club and Rising Stars League teams based out of Selkirk. She is the convener for the Selkirk Sonics, a WMBA club that plays host to over 200 local youth players annually. She has also been involved in the coaching of girls’ basketball for Team Interlake in the Manitoba Games and runs a girls summer camp in Selkirk for local players. She has a husband who is a former senior men’s player and youth coach, and two daughters that are involved in playing and coaching basketball as well.
Treasurer - Darren Sampson
Darren Sampson started coaching basketball in 1988 at Churchill High School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He moved to Winnipeg in 1997 and has been coaching at Acadia Junior High since, winning the JHIT provincial championship in 2001, and finalists in 2000, 2002 and 2010. He coached the JV teams at Fort Richmond Collegiate in 2002-03 and 2005-06. In the fall of 2003, Darren was the interim head coach at the University of Manitoba, and was an assistant coach with the Bison’s from 2003 to 2005. He was also part of the Manitoba Provincial Team coaching staff from 1999 to 2002 at the 15U Midget level. Darren and his wife Jodi founded, organized and coached the Junior Bison girls basketball program from 2001 to 2007. Darren was the MBCA Junior High Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2005. He has also coached ringette, hockey and volleyball.
Director - Kirby Schepp
Kirby Schepp has been an active basketball coach since 1993 and is currently the Head Coach of Men's Basketball at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He was Manitoba's Canada Games Male Coach in 2009 and has served as the Head Coach of Canada Basketball’s CP Prairie Region Boy's Program from 2005 to 2009 (involved since 2001) and is one of Basketball Manitoba's most active NCCP Course Conductor (Levels 1-3). He is also very involved in the redevelopment of the NCCP model at the national level and is one of Manitoba's few Master Learning Facilitators. He held the position as Manitoba's High Performance Provincial Coach from 2007 to 2009. His past experience with basketball coaching has been that of President of the MBCA, university assistant coach and university athlete at the University of Winnipeg. Kirby was also named both the AAAA Boys Coach of the Year and the Coaching Manitoba School System Coach of the Year in 2007. Kirby has also been an assistant coach with Canada's Cadet National Team.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Edwin Garing has been an active member of the basketball community for the past 5 years. He started coaching in the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA) and at the Winnipeg Athletic Association for Youth (WAAY) with kids ranging in ages 6 to 13. He is a current member of the WAAY Board of Directors and the Technical Committee for Basketball Manitoba. Edwin has also coached the Winnipeg Tykes and PeeWee Divisions with the North American Basketball Association (NABA) for the past 3 years. During this past year, Edwin established his own club team called Legacy, where his wife manages and his two sons learn that dad and coach are two separate people.
Glenn Matsumoto has been involved in basketball for over 30 years as an official and coach. Glenn has been elected to the MABO Director of clinics. He has been with the Junior official clinics from the beginning. Glenn is a provincial clinician for officials and has conducted clinics throughout the province. He also is a provincial evaluator of officials. He has coached the Freshmen Boys basketball team at River East. He has coached WMBA girl’s teams and most recently the Swoosh, a senior women’s team. He retired as the Principal of Sun Valley Elementary School after 36 years as an educator in 2014.
Director - Joel Themmen
Joel is a long time active member of the basketball community as a player and coach. He has played and coached at virtually all levels of the game including at the high school, university and provincial team program. Joel is very active in Winnipeg's business community.
Director - Tanya McKay
Tanya is the current Women's Basketball Coach at the University of Winnipeg and is very involved in the basketball community. She has coached basketball at the high school and university levels for over 25 years. Originally from Nova Scotia, Tanya played at the University of Winnipeg for 5 years and was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in the Players category in 2003. She coordinates a number of player development camps throughout the year and has been very involved in the Manitoba Provincial Team program. She guided the Manitoba 17U Female team to a Gold medal in 2014.
Director - Chino Argueta
Chino is the Executive Director at the Youth Agencies Alliance, who focuses their efforts to improve the lives of marginalized youth and their families in the city of Winnipeg. Chino has sat on the Board fo the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and the SWISH Summer Basketball program, along with a number of other youth based boards and committees. Prior to working at YAA, he managed the sport programs at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre in Winnipeg's core.
Director - Chiranjit Goswami
Chiranjit Goswami has been coaching basketball since 1995, first gaining experience at Acadia Junior High, before becoming involved with regional and WMBA district teams. He continued coaching at College Beliveau (JV and Varsity Boys) and JH Bruns (JV Girls) while attaining his NCCP Coaching Certification. In 2007, Chiranjit began his involvement with the Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club. After he accepted the position of Director of Operations for the Winnipeg Wolves in 2013, Coach Goswami’s Wolves 1998 Boys Team captured a 2014 Club Provincial Championship. While Head Coach of the Manitoba 14U Boys Provincial Team between 2010 & 2011, Coach Goswami guided the 2011 Manitoba 14U Boys squad to a Silver Medal at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops. Chiranjit also helped organize the 2014 Next-Level Hoops All-Star Showcase. Coach Goswami currently coaches the Winnipeg Wolves 1998 Boys team and is an assistant coach for the Varsity Boys team at Miles Macdonell Collegiate.