Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast host Darcy Coss sits down with Uzoma Asagwara.

Uzoma is a graduate of  St. Norbert Collegiate where they were ranked the #2 high school player in Manitoba. They went on to play at the University of Winnipeg where they played for 5 years with the Wesmen as well as playing for the Canadian National Team at the Pan American Games 2007.
During their 5 years, the Wesmen went to the National Championship tournament two times finishing high as second place.

Uzoma was recognized as CIS Second Team All-Canadian, CIS Championship Tournament All-Star, Canada West First and Second Team All-Star and was named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team. In Uzoma’s 5th and final year they lead the nation in scoring and they are the all-time scoring leader in Wesmen history. 

Uzoma is now in politics as an MLA for the New Democratic Party representing Union Station.

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (WMBA) has announced it will be celebrating 25 years of minor league basketball service to the community in 2022.  The WMBA is a community non-profit volunteer-based league offering fair play opportunities for youth of all ages and levels up to age 18.  Over the years the WMBA has led the development of basketball as a sport in Manitoba and initiated the construction of 6 professionally built outdoor courts through its Foundation for use as outdoor basketball venues for our youth.

STAY TUNED for further exciting announcements from the WMBA regarding future festivities for current and past participants in our league.


The NCCP Creating a Positive Sport Environment eLearning module explores the characteristics and benefits of participant-centred coaching. Coaches who complete this module will be prepared to identify and prevent maltreatment in sport. 

They will also learn to apply positive coaching strategies to create a safe and inclusive sport culture that fosters learning and athletic development.

This eLearning module will take 40 – 50 minutes to complete and is available for a cost of $15.00.

Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP Certification will earn 5 PD points upon completion of this module.

Visit the eLearning page in the Locker to get started at...

Special offer by Basketball Manitoba:  The first 20 Manitoba-based basketball coaches who complete the below form with their intention to take this course, Basketball Manitoba will cover the $15.00 registration fee.  The first 20 who receive a confirmation back from Basketball Manitoba, can then register for the online clinic and submit their receipt to Basketball Manitoba for reimbursement via eTransfer.  

Can't see the below form?  CLICK HERE to view it in a new window.  


Basketball Manitoba is currently seeking to hire up to 4 individuals interested in joining its new Video Crew.  The new initiative by Basketball Manitoba will springboard off its website to hire, train and equip a crew of people to begin live streaming basketball games at the club and school levels in the Winnipeg and Brandon areas this season.  The website was launched in 2018 allowing schools and clubs the ability to connect and stream their local games to the Basketball Manitoba YouTube audience which currently sits at over 28,000 subscribers.  That option remains open to Manitoba basketball programs to use. 

The successful Video Crew candidates will possess the following attributes...


  • Has a past or current interest and/or experience with the sport of basketball as a player, coach, official or volunteer.  
  • Has a flexible schedule and is able to work evenings and weekends in the Winnipeg or Brandon area and can start immediately (including being able to work on the weekend of October 29-31).  
  • Has a comfort level and understanding of current technology including the use of iPads and YouTube. 
  • Be eligible to work in Canada and are currently living in the Winnipeg or Brandon, Manitoba area.  
  • Have access to their own reliable transportation.
  • Be currently age 18 or older.
  • Be subject to a criminal records check.
  • Be able to provide proof of their double Covid-19 vaccination status (currently required to enter any indoor gymnasium in Manitoba).

POSITION:  "Video Crew Member"
  • Being able to work independently in a gym environment with little to no supervision.  
  • Responsible for the transportation and set up of the Basketball Manitoba supplied video streaming equipment to and from game sites.
  • The operation of the video streaming equipment during the scheduled games including the use of the camera.
  • Details on the duties can be found here...

  • Pay will range from $20 to $25 per game.
  • a basketball game ranges from 1 to 1.5 hours in length.


Those interested are asked to email a copy of a current resume with a cover letter addressing the above attributes and email it to:

Adam Wedlake
Subject line: Video Crew Application

Questions on this opportunity can also be made to Adam at the above email address.  


Friday, October 22, 2021, 4:30 pm

Basketball Manitoba Note: Please note that participation in this opportunity will require all players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff and spectators who are AGE 18+ to be able to prove their Covid-19 double vaccination status to gain entry to an indoor basketball facility in Manitoba until further notice.  Details can be found here...

Basketball Manitoba is excited to announce the details on its 12th annual 'Super Coaches Clinic' scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2021.  Due to the ongoing pandemic issues in the community, the event will continue as an online virtual clinic again this year.  The clinic will run at the same time as the province-wide 'SAGE' in-service day and is registered as a professional development event by PHE Manitoba. For the first time, the clinic will be FREE to register to all coaches worldwide with no cap on the numbers that can attend!  The deadline to register is 12 noon on Thursday, October 21, 2021.  

The lineup for the day will include...

  • Presenter #1: Steve Konchalski, "Preparing For Your Season" St. Francis Xavier University & Canadian Senior Men's National Team
  • Presenter #2: Roy Rana, "Unbreakable: Journey to the 2020 Olympics" - NBA Assistant Coach, Canadian National Team, German National Team (Tokyo 2020) 
  • Presenter #3: Alex Sarama, "Building a Conceptual Offense " - Creative Director, Basketball Immersion, Player Development, College Basket, Italy
  • Presenter #4: Mano Watsa, "Building a Championship Culture" - President, Point Guard College
  • Presenter #5: Carly Clarke, "Integrating Skill Development Into Your Daily Practice Plan" - Team Canada Assistant Coach, Ryerson Rams Head Coach  
  • Attend the full day of presentations online for FREE!  
  • All attendees will receive a digital copy of the Super Coach Clinic manual as part of the registration.
  • All presentations will be recorded for later playback by clinic attendees.
  • Door prizes will be presented throughout the day.
  • View the presenter bios and the clinic schedule below...

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a brand new pilot Rural Targeted Athlete Program (TAP) for female athletes ages 12-15 years old. This program provides females in Manitoba regions the opportunity to train at a high-performance level in the West, East, and South 
regions of Manitoba (see below Sport Manitoba defined map). It will help identify female athletes within these regions and provide the skills and training to better develop the athletes for future basketball opportunities at the club, school, Manitoba Games and Manitoba Provincial Team levels.