Brandon University Bobcats Women's Basketball Coach Jaime Hickson is pleased to announce that she has secured her biggest recruit of
the season; a full time assistant coach. Melissa Stoesz, a former Manitoba
Bison, has committed to coach with the Bobcat Women’s Basketball Program for the next two seasons, while she pursues a Bachelor of Education degree.
Recent Bobcat graduate Suzanne Campbell will join her on the assistant coaching staff.

Coach Hickson is excited to have Melissa join her Bobcat squad:  “Melissa is

one of the top high performance girls’ coaches Manitoba.  She has experience

in all levels, is passionate about the game, and is committed to her

athletes’ success on and off the court.  She is a great fit for our


Having just been named the 2006-2007 Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association

Junior Varsity Girls Coach of the Year, Melissa is thrilled to be back

coaching C.I.S. basketball, while completing her Bachelor of Education


“Coming to BU is an amazing opportunity as it allows me to combine my

education degree and work as an assistant coach," she says. "I have coached

with Jaime in the past and know that working with her will be a very

positive experience.”

“I’m eager to be involved with a team that is enthusiastic, positive and

growing. As a Bobcat I believe that I will not only be able to help

strengthen the BU Women’s Basketball team but also help to improve the level

and quality of girls basketball throughout the province.”

Melissa’s coaching resume:

  • 2006 Grey Cup Coaching Scholarship Award Recipient

  • 2006 Manitoba Coaches Association Jim Bulloch Award Recipient

  • 2006-2007 Co-Coach, Vincent Massey Winnipeg Junior Varsity Team

  • 2004-2007 Assistant Coach, Manitoba Bisons

  • 2004-2006 Head Coach, Mini Bison and Junior Bison Programs

  • 2004-2005 Head Coach, 15U Girls Developmental Provincial Team

  • 2005-2006 Co-Coach, Basketball Canada Center for Performance

  • 2000 Assistant Coach, 15U Girls Provincial Team

  • 1998-2004 Athlete, Manitoba Bison Women’s Basketball Team


For more information, please contact:

Jaime Hickson

Head Coach, Bobcats Women's Basketball, Brandon University

Phone: 727 - 7431


Rick Nickelchok

Athletic Director, Brandon University

Phone: 727 - 7405


Kelly Stifora

Communications Officer, Brandon University

Phone: 727 - 9762


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