Bison Sports and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management have recommended to the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors
that Basketball Manitoba High Performance Coach Kirby Schepp become the new Manitoba Bisons Men’s Basketball Head
Coach. The Board will consider this matter at a meeting on Monday, April 27.  Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Jane
Watkinson stated, “The Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management selection committee for the Bisons men’s basketball head coach position
met and interviewed a number of excellent candidates for the position. We are pleased to recommend Kirby Schepp as the new Bison Men’s
Basketball Head Coach and look forward to him being part of the faculty.

Kirby ScheppSchepp, 34, has been at Sturgeon/Silver Heights Collegiate in Winnipeg as a head coach and Physical Education teacher since 1994. Over the last 14 seasons, he has amassed a record of 333-143 while establishing the Sturgeon/Silver Heights as one of the top basketball programs in Manitoba while leading them to five Provincial Final Fours, five league championships and a 100% graduation rate of athletes. Schepp was also named both the ‘AAAA’ Boys Coach of the Year and the Coaching Manitoba Excellence in Coaching Award (School System) in 2007.

Along with his role at Sturgeon/Silver Heights, Schepp head coaching history includes being part of Team Manitoba for seven seasons while holding a 67-19 record among teams playing in exhibition tournaments, National Championships and Canada Games. The Winnipeg native continues his role as Manitoba's Canada Games Male Coach and the Head Coach of Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance Prairie Region Boy's Program (involved since 2001) while being Basketball Manitoba's most active National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Course Conductor (Levels 1-3).

Schepp is also very involved in the redevelopment of the NCCP model at the national level and is one of Manitoba's few Master Learning Facilitators. He has held the position as Manitoba's High Performance Provincial Coach since 2007. His past experience with basketball coaching has also been as President of the Manitoba Basketball Coaching Association (MBCA), the University of Winnipeg assistant coach from 1996-2001 and playing at the University of Winnipeg from 1993-96.

ImageBison Sports Athletic Director Coleen Dufresne said from Florida, “It is a pleasure to witness an Winnipeg and Manitoban native get the opportunity to move from a very successful high school and provincial career and progress to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). We are extremely pleased that the selection committee has recommended Kirby Schepp as the next Bison Men’s Basketball Head Coach.”

In addition to his coaching prowess, Schepp has a Masters in Education (Coaching) from the University of Victoria, Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg and National Coaching Certification Program Level 3 plus was selected as Canada’s representative and head basketball coach at Generations for Peace, International Sport Development programs held in Amman, Jordan in late November 2008.

Schepp commented, “I am honoured to be recommended to this position. The University of Manitoba is an outstanding institution and the Bison men’s basketball program has had a proud tradition. I would be excited to further advance that history of that tradition in the future.”

Schepp would replace departing Bison men’s basketball head coach Rick Suffield. On November 6/08, Suffield announced his decision to make the 2008-09 season his final season at the helm of the Bisons. Suffield had been head coach of the Bison men’s basketball program for 23 years (25 years involved with Bison Sports). Suffield, 57, had coached the Bisons since 1983 while producing over 400 wins as well as a 148-44 win/loss record at the high school level at Montreal and Winnipeg.

There will be a formal press conference in regards to the introduction of the new Manitoba Bisons Men’s Basketball Head Coach at the end of April.




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