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    May 22, 2014

    Randy Kusano Joins Basketball Manitoba as New High Performance Coach

    Basketball Manitoba is very excited to announce the hiring of Randy Kusano as its newest High Performance Coach!  Randy will join Dan Becker in the role that will oversee and support the Manitoba Provincial Team and Centre for Performance programs.  Other resources Randy will aid in will be with the Super Coaches Clinic, NCCP Coach Education, Basketball Coach Schools and a new school coach mentoring program.  Randy will be joining Basketball Manitoba in time for this weekend's Provincial Team Tryouts and will work to support our base of coaches and athletes all summer and will head into the fall with the Centre for Performance Program.

    Kusano was the winningest coach in the history of high school basketball in Manitoba. His high school teams won three MHSAA (Manitoba High School Athletic Association) AAAA Provincial Championships provincial titles, 11 conference titles and he coached in 15 AAAA Final Fours in his 34 years coaching with the Oak Park Raiders in Winnipeg before retiring from teaching in 2010. A University of Manitoba graduate, Kusano is a current fully certified NCCP Level 3 coach with nearly 25 years of CIS coaching experience as an assistant with the Bison men’s and women's basketball program.
    Kusano commented, "I'm very excited with this new opportunity to work with our young coaches and athletes and help growing our sport at all levels!
    Executive Director Adam Wedlake added, "To have an individual like Randy join us in a formal manner is a huge win for our sport!  His experience and support he will bring to our coaches and athletes is second to none in our province and this move will help take our sport to the next level!"  
    Randy has been involved in basketball as a player and coach for over forty years. He developed his love for basketball at Norberry Junior High in St. Vital playing for Hall of Famer, Dennis Alvestad. He moved on to Glenlawn Collegiate and finally to the University of Manitoba.

    Randy was a member of three consecutive Canadian Junior Men’s championship teams from 1971-1973. In 1976 he was a member of the first Manitoba team to win a National University championship in basketball, the University of Manitoba Bisons.

    After his university years were done he continued playing with the Nicolett Inn Senior men’s team that captured their first National Senior Men’s Championship in 1979. The University of Manitoba Junior Men and Nicolett Inn Senior men’s teams were later inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Randy’s coaching career began with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons in 1974 and continued there until 1976. He has coached high school basketball for the past thirty-four years, thirty two as head coach of the Varsity Boys program at Oak Park High School.

    Over his 34 years at Oak Park, Randy developed the dominate high school program of it’s era, going to 15 Final Fours and winning 3 AAAA Provincial Championships. During this time he has helped to develop more than twenty five players who have gone on to play at the Canadian College or CIS level. Randy has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba for fifteen years.

    Randy has also coached numerous Manitoba Provincial teams as head coach and as an assistant coach at the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, and National Championships.

    Basketball Manitoba is grateful to Coaching Manitoba and Sport Manitoba with their tremendous support in making this possible! 
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