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    March 20, 2013

    Lisa Thomaidis Named Canada's New Senior National Women's Team Coach

    Toronto, ON - Canada Basketball is proud to announce the appointment of Lisa Thomaidis as the new head coach of the Senior Women's National Team (SWNT).  Canada Basketball President and CEO Wayne Parrish, Strongly Believes in the Dundas, Ontario native Given her wealth of knowledge and experience. "We are very excited to announce our next Lisa Thomaidis as Canadian Senior Women's National Team head coach. Lisa HAS integral role played year in the development of our nation's basketball players, both, as a national team assistant coach for the past 11 years and as the current head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Having Worked under the tutelage of successful national team coaches train Bev Smith and Allison McNeill, Lisa is ready to put her stamp on the program and continues icts momentum. "



     


     


     



     


     



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    The post vacated by long-time head coach McNeill SWNT received significant interest. Executive Director of Canada Basketball, Michele O'Keefe, knows the organization HAS found the right person for the task. "We cast our net worldwide and Concluded que le best candidate to lead our team is homegrown. The sport in Canada HAS progressed tremendously in the past decade and the energy surrounding the women's program is palpable. Lisa is a world-class coach with over a decade of international experience. She is ready to share her vision with the program and lead Team Canada to the podium. "






    Coach Brings Thomaidis year in-depth knowledge of the game Gathered from her Time Spent on the court. She was a member of the McMaster Marauders basketball program Where She played her way to three OUA All-Star selections. After Completing her studies, Lisa honed her craft by playing professionally overseas in the highly-competitive Greek 1 st Division.






    Lisa's time playing the game has translated into a strong understanding of the dedication and commitment Necessary to lead from the bench. While at the helm of the Huskies, the program HAS beens Consistently Ranked Amongst the top 10 teams in the nation. The four-time Canada West Coach of the Year and two-time CIS Coach of the Year Will Provide leadership and guidance in not only Developing players, goal aussi Fostering a strong team concept based on respect and responsibility, both, on and off the court.






    The collective efforts of players, coaches and staff culminated in the SWNT's impressive run at the 2012 London Olympics, Lisa is now ready to build upon success and That Team Canada take to the next level.






    "I am very excited to be Given the opportunity to take the reins of the Senior Women's National Team. What the team HAS accomplished in the past is nothing less than quadrennial tremendous, and I am looking forward to seeing what we can reach new heights. At the London Olympics, the team Showed the world That we are a nation to be reckoned basketball with. I'm motivated and driven to make sour That we continue on this path of success and strive for even Greater results on the international stage. "






    The SWNT's next test comes in the form of this fall's FIBA Americas Championship with a berth to the 2014 FIBA World Championships on the line. The Remains focus on competing with the best teams in the world on the Olympic stage at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.


     



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