Bison Sports has announced the appointment of Michele Hynes as the Head Coach of the Bison women's basketball program.  Hynes started her coaching career with the Junior Bisons in 2005 and Big Country Basketball (2010-12).  She served as a mentor Coach with Skownan First Nations Junior Bisons (2006-2010) and was the rural team coordinator and coach with JRB Basketball (2009). Hynes also served as the Apprentice Coach U17 Manitoba Provincial Team program for the past two summers earning the Bronze medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Coach Hynes currently is an Assistant Coach with Team Canada's Paralympic Basketball Team and serves as the performance analyst with Team Canada's Development Team.

"Coach Hynes has demonstrated great leadership as a player, as an assistant coach and as the Interim Head Coach for the past two seasons," commented Bison Sports Athletic Director Coleen Dufresne. " Throughout the search process, Michele displayed a clear vision as well as a high level of expertise and enthusiasm that will be vital for the continued advancement of Bison women's basketball."

Hynes, 26, completed her five year university playing career with the Manitoba Bisons in 2010.  Hynes was a leader on and off the court as she was as a team captain for three consecutive years. Hynes was selected as the 2009-10 CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Sylvia Sweeney Award winner – presented to a player who recipient exhibits outstanding achievement in three areas: basketball, academics and community involvement.  Following her playing days as a Bison Hynes spent a year with the ZKK Partizan Basketball Club in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Millgrove, ON native has earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the U of Manitoba and is currently enrolled in Faculty of Engineering. She was named a CIS Academic All-Canadian in 2006-07, an honour given to student athletes who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5. Hynes was awarded the 2009 Jim Bulloch Coaching, the 2011-12 Grey Cup Legacy award and was the recipient of a 2012 Women to Watch grant.

"I'm very excited about being given the opportunity to continue coaching at the University of Manitoba. Bison Sports has been extremely supportive in my growth as a coach and I look forward to building a program that the school can be proud of."

Coach Hynes can be reached for comment at  (204)-474-8785


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