Adam Wedlake, Executive Director
Adam was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has been involved with sport administration at the grass-roots, provincial and national levels for over 15 years. Adam began with Basketball Manitoba in 1992 as a summer student for 3 years and then as its Program Coordinator and Technical Director from 1995 to 1998. In 1997 he co-founded the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association and became its Executive Director in 1998 until May 2006. In June 2006, he returned to Basketball Manitoba as its Executive Director.
He is a certified NCCP Level 2 coach and has coached with his father Bill at the University of Winnipeg’s Men’s Basketball program. Adam was also a contributor to Canada Basketball’s ‘20/20 Vision for the Future’, a national plan for where the game of basketball should be moving towards in the next 20 years.
He has been very involved with basketball as a player and coach and was involved with a number of Games (Canada Games in 1997 and 2017, Pan Am Games in 1999, Western Canada Summer Games in 1990). Adam also currently coaches in the WMBA and the local school system.
He currently resides in Winnipeg, is married and has two children.
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Jillian grew up in Mitchell, Manitoba where hockey and baseball were the sports of choice. She first fell in love with and started playing basketball at age 8 while watching her sister play in Junior High. Jillian attended Steinbach Regional Secondary School where she was captain of the Junior Varsity team and played Varsity Basketball until she graduated in 2008.
After completing High School in Steinbach, Manitoba where she went on to attend the University of Manitoba to take Environmental Sciences. In year two she wanted a change that was more active and sport related so she transferred to the Faculty of Kinesiology graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology in 2013 from the University of Manitoba.
After completing an internship with Basketball Manitoba in the Fall of 2013 Jillian went on to work with Sport Manitoba as their Interlake Regional Manager and was involved in the 2014 Power Smart Manitoba Winter Games in Morden-Winkler. After her term with Sport Manitoba ended, Jillian worked with the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg for two years in their Children's and Youth Department as a Program Coordinator promoting programs and physical activity, one of them being the Steve Nash Basketball Program. She also was involved with adults and seniors teaching fitness classes.
Jillian has been involved with and played in the Winnipeg Women's Basketball League since 2009 and through her work at Basketball Manitoba, Jillian hopes to help further advance the game of basketball in the province.
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Dan Becker, High Performance Coach / Technical Director
Dan Becker is no stranger to the Manitoba basketball scene. He has been an active player and coach for over 30 years at all levels of the game. His playing history began as a standout player at Fort Richmond Collegiate which took him on to play NCAA Division 1 basketball at the University of Colorado. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing Degree, Dan continued his basketball career playing 12 years for a variety of teams and leagues all over the globe, including stints with the Winnipeg Thunder and the Winnipeg Cyclone. In the summer of 1991, Dan was invited to tryout for the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers of the NBA. Dan's playing career also saw him represent Team Canada in the late 80's early 90's on various Student and Training National Teams including the World Universiade Games in Germany and 2 Jones Cups in Taipei, Taiwan.
As a coach, Dan has worked with players at many different levels. Dan completed his NCCP Level 4 education at the National Coaching Institute in Winnipeg. He has assisted at the CIS men's level in 2000 to 2004 and took the interim head coaching duties in 2004-05 with the University of Manitoba Men's Program. Over this same time period, Dan coached a number of Basketball Manitoba's Provincial Teams at the 15U and 17U levels, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 17U Championships, and culminating with the Canada Games team in 2005. In 2004, Dan was an active coach in the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance Program and an instructor at the Nike All-Canada Camp. Dan has also served as the Basketball Technical Advisor for two feature films; ESPN's 'A Season on the Brink' in 2001 and 'Full of It' in 2005.
From 2005 to 2010 Dan worked with Randy Kusano and the Oak Park Raiders Varsity Boy's Program winning two Provincial Championships and making five consecutive Final Four appearances. Dan coached the University of Winnipeg Collegiate Varsity Boys team during the 2010-11 season. Dan has also coached grassroots programs in the school system, RSL, and WMBA capturing 2 provincial titles, a RSL title and three WBMA championships.
Currently, Dan is the head coach of the 17U Boys provincial team. In 2014, Dan lead the team to their first ever National Championship and the Gold Medal. Dan is the Head Coach of the Basketball Canada Centre for Performance Boy's Program for the Manitoba region. Dan is also a Learning Facilitator in the new NCCP coaching education program.
In 2013, Dan was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in the Player category in recognition of his tremendous playing career.
Dan currently resides in Winnipeg, is married and has 3 children.
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Randy Kusano, High Performance Coach
Randy Kusano was the winningest coach in the history of high school basketball in Manitoba. His high school teams won three MHSAA (Manitoba High School Athletic Association) AAAA Provincial Championships provincial titles, 11 conference titles and he coached in 15 AAAA Final Fours in his 34 years coaching with the Oak Park Raiders in Winnipeg before retiring from teaching in 2010. A University of Manitoba graduate, Kusano is a current fully certified NCCP Level 3 coach with nearly 25 years of CIS coaching experience as an assistant with the Bison men’s and women's basketball program.
Randy has been involved in basketball as a player and coach for over forty years. He developed his love for basketball at Norberry Junior High in St. Vital playing for Hall of Famer, Dennis Alvestad. He moved on to Glenlawn Collegiate and finally to the University of Manitoba. Randy was a member of three consecutive Canadian Junior Men’s championship teams from 1971-1973. In 1976 he was a member of the first Manitoba team to win a National University championship in basketball, the University of Manitoba Bisons.
After his university years were done he continued playing with the Nicolett Inn Senior men’s team that captured their first National Senior Men’s Championship in 1979. The University of Manitoba Junior Men and Nicolett Inn Senior men’s teams were later inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.
Randy’s coaching career began with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons in 1974 and continued there until 1976. He has coached high school basketball for the past thirty-four years, thirty two as head coach of the Varsity Boys program at Oak Park High School.
Over his 34 years at Oak Park, Randy developed the dominate high school program of it’s era, going to 15 Final Fours and winning 3 AAAA Provincial Championships. During this time he has helped to develop more than twenty five players who have gone on to play at the Canadian College or CIS level. Randy has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba for fifteen years.
Randy has also coached numerous Manitoba Provincial teams as head coach and as an assistant coach at the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, and National Championships.
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