BRANDON, MB – The Brandon University women’s basketball team will be getting some assistance this year thanks to a provincial event that happened almost 20 years ago. The 1991 Grey Cup Legacy fund has provided $2,500 through the “Master Coach-In Residence Grant Program”.  MacGregor native Justin Thiessen has been hired by Head Coach Jaime Taggart to serve as an assistant coach for the 2010-2011 season as a means of continuing his education as a coach.

“Justin brings a different perspective, enthusiasm and passion for basketball,” says Taggart. “Not only will my program and coaching benefit from having him on staff, with his constant challenges and creative ideas, but he too will be able to grow as a coach."

Thiessen graduated from Brandon University in the spring of 2010. He has a wealth of coaching experience including coaching at the Westman Regional Training Centre for Basketball Manitoba, as well as leading multiple junior varsity high school teams over the last five years. Thiessen’s new role with the Bobcats is one he’s excited for.

“I can’t wait for the season to start,” says Thiessen. “Our goals are to work hard building up to our first conference games of the season, and continue improving every day it progresses.”

The 1991 Grey Cup Legacy fund was established by the Grey Cup Festival Committee with the surplus funds working to promote excellence in football and other sports in Manitoba through the development of coaching expertise. Grants in support of a “Master Coach” Program may be made to an organization (university or provincial/regional sport association) wishing to further practical development of coaches.

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