Following an outstanding second season as Head Coach of the Brandon University Bobcats that saw the team ranked Number 1 in the nation
for six straight weeks and win the Canada West Silver Medal, BU's Barnaby Craddock has been named the recipient of Canadian Interuniversity Sport's
(CIS) Stuart Aberdeen Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year. The trophy will be awarded today at the CIS National Championships in Halifax.

This distinction comes hot in the heels of Coach Craddock being named the

Canada West Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Bobcats to a 20-2

conference record, a 30-3 overall record, and a Great Plains division title,

in addition to leading them to a 4th seeding in the CIS National

Championships, taking place March 16 to 18 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“We are extremely proud of Barnaby,” says Brandon University Athletic

Director Rick Nickelchok. “Nobody is more deserving of this award than

Barnaby. In two short years, Barnaby has brought success on the court and in

the classroom, and our student athletes love playing for him. Barnaby

epitomizes everything that Stuart W. Aberdeen stood for as an outstanding

coach in University sport.”

The Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy, dedicated in memory of the former

Head Coach of the Acadia University Axemen, is awarded each year to one CIS

Men’s Basketball Coach. The winner is selected by the CIS Men’s Basketball

Coaches’ Association.


Barnaby Craddock:

Coach Craddock grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he played at

Langara College for current University of British Columbia coach Kevin

Hanson. A graduate from the University of Lethbridge, Barnaby played/coached

professionally in Europe for six seasons, an experience that allowed him to

transition into coaching various professional and elite European club teams.

As a player Barnaby won national championships in Norway and Ireland and

received playoff MVP awards in both instances. In Canada he was a two-time

Canada West All-Star and an All-Canadian in 1997. Following coaching stints

with both the Men's and Women’s programs at the University of Lethbridge,

Craddock coached as an assistant with Dave Crook at the University of

Winnipeg before coming to Brandon in the fall of 2005 to lead the Bobcats.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Nickelchok

Athletic Director

Brandon University

Phone: (204) 727 - 7405

Cell: (204) 724-2166


Kelly Stifora

Communications Officer

Brandon University

Phone: (204) 727 - 9762


Xanthe Burch

Athletic Clerk

Brandon University

Phone: (204) 727 - 7375


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