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    February 14, 2018

    Manitoba's Kirby Schepp Named Head Coach of Canada's Commonwealth Games Basketball Team


    TORONTO, ON (February 14, 2018) - Canada Basketball announced today that Kirby Schepp and Steve Baur will coach Canada at the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    On the men's side, Kirby Schepp will also be making his head coaching debut for Canada at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Schepp and the men's team open the tournament against Australia also on April 6.

    "It is a tremendous honour to once again be given the opportunity to represent Canada internationally," Schepp said.  "The Commonwealth Games is an incredible international event that I know will be a valuable experience for our athletes and coaches as they continue their development.  We have an outstanding staff that I look forward to working with and I know will help the team be ready for the challenge in Australia."

    No stranger to the Canada's men's national team program, Schepp has spent the past eight summers representing his country on a variety of teams.  Schepp was on the staff for some of Canada's biggest wins, including last summer's historic gold medal winning team at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017.  He was also a member of Canada's bronze medal winning team at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men.

    Over the course of his 23 years in coaching, Schepp has been behind the bench for more than 50 different teams and has spent the last nine seasons as the head coach of the Manitoba Bisons.  Since joining Manitoba, the Bisons have qualified for the Canada West playoffs in each of the past four seasons.  The Bisons have made back-to-back Canada West Final Four appearances and last season competed in the U SPORTS Men's Final 8 for the first time since 1986.

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    Before joining Manitoba, Schepp spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Winnipeg and has coached high school and club teams for over 15 years. Schepp is trained in Canada Basketball's train to compete certification and a NCCP certified learning facilitator.  He ias also a member of the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors and has coached a number of Manitoba's Provincial Teams including at the 2009 Canada Games.

    Schepp’s national team involvement over last decade (2009-18) with results

    • 2009: U16 Cadet National Team - Assistant Coach, FIBA Americas, Bronze Medal
    • 2010: U17 Cadet National Team - Assistant Coach, FIBA World Championships Bronze Medal
    • 2011: U16 Cadet National Team - Assistant Coach, FIBA Americas, Bronze Medal
    • 2013: U19 Junior National Team - Guest Coach, FIBA World Championships
    • 2014: U18 Junior National Team - Assistant Coach, FIBA Americas, Silver Medal
    • 2015: U19 Junior National Team - Assistant Coach, FIBA World Championships, 5th place
    • 2016: U 18 Junior National team - Assistant Coach, FIBA Americas, Silver Medal
    • 2017: U19 Junior National Team - Assistant Coach, FIBA World Championships, Gold Medal
    • 2018: Developmental Men’s National Team - Head Coach, Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia

    The Manitoba Bisons (regular season: 12-8; playoffs: 1-0) advanced to the Canada West men’s basketball Quarter-final, for the third consecutive season, after a Play-In home playoff game win of 82-76 over Brandon on Feb. 9. Manitoba, the seventh seed, travel to play No. 4 and third seed UBC Thunderbirds (17-3) in the Canada West Quarter-final best-of-three playoff series played on the February 15-17 weekend. Games will be live on canadawest.tv.

    Baur will lead the women's team, while Schepp will be behind the bench on the men's side, as Canada makes its Commonwealth Games basketball debut.

    Image result for canada basketball we are team canadaNow in his fourth season as an Assistant Coach with the senior women's national team, Baur will make his head coaching debut for Canada on Friday, April 6 when they face England to open the tournament.

    "I am excited for the opportunity provided to me by Canada Basketball," said Baur. "We have put together a great staff and am looking forward to representing Canada at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games."

    Before joining Canada Basketball, Baur spent six seasons as the Head Coach of Acadia University's men's program and helped guide them to four appearances at the CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship.  During his time with the Axemen, Baur also led the team to an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship in 2012 and was named AUS Coach of the Year the following season.

    Prior to his head coaching role with Acadia, Baur served as an Assistant Coach with the team for the previous four seasons.  Baur began his university coaching career as an Assistant Coach with Brandon University, where he spent one season each with the men's and women's programs.

    A native of Sackville, Nova Scotia, Baur also spent five seasons as a head coach, assistant coach and mentor with Basketball Nova Scotia. Baur is a graduate of advanced coaching diploma (Toronto) and is in training for Canada Basketball's train to win certification.

    Basketball has only been on the Commonwealth Games program once, at Melbourne 2006 (Canada did not enter teams in the tournament), and Australia won both the men's and women's tournaments at those Games.

    The 2018 men's tournament includes four teams in Pool A: Australia, Nigeria, New Zealand and Canada and four teams in Pool B: England, Cameroon, India and Scotland. The Canadian women are also in Pool A, along with Australia, England and Mozambique, while Pool B features New Zealand, Jamaica, India and Malaysia.

    MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES STAFF

    NAME                 POSITION             AFFILIATION
    Kirby Schepp       Head Coach          University of Manitoba
    Dave Deaveiro     Assistant Coach       McGill University
    Kevin Hanson      Assistant Coach       University of British Columbia
    Krisjon Vargas     Athletic Therapist    Canada Basketball
    David Grundman Team Leader            Canada Basketball

    WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES STAFF

    NAME                 POSITION        AFFILIATION
    Steve Baur            Head Coach              Canada Basketball
    Fabian McKenzie Assistant Coach        Cape Breton University
    Michelle Bell        Athletic Therapist     Ryerson University
    Nick Deadder       Performance Analyst Acadia University
    Denise Dignard    Team Leader              Canada Basketball

    Sources: 
    http://basketball.ca/en/news-article/steve-baur-and-kirby-schepp-to-lead-canada-at-gold-coast-2018-co
    http://gobisons.ca/news/2018/2/14/general-bison-kirby-schepp-named-as-head-coach-of-team-canada-mbb-at-gold-coast-2018-commonwealth-games.aspx

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