Canada Basketball has announced the hiring of Kirby Schepp as Head Coach of the Men's U17 National Team. Last month, Schepp led Canada to a historic silver medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The medal was Canada's first in men's basketball at the Commonwealth Games. Basketball has only been on the Commonwealth Games program once, at Melbourne 2006 (Canada did not enter teams in the tournament).
"Having the opportunity to represent your country internationally is always a great honour and to have the chance to lead Canada at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2018 is truly special," Schepp said. "I hope we can continue to give our best and brightest young athletes the chance to develop as basketball players and as young men with this incredible experience."
|Coach Schepp (left) with the Silver Medal winning Team Canada |
at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia
Over the course of his 23 years in coaching, Schepp has been behind the bench for more than 50 different teams and has spent the last nine seasons as the head coach of the Manitoba Bisons. Since joining Manitoba, the Bisons have qualified for the Canada West playoffs in each of the past four seasons. The Bisons made back-to-back Canada West Final Four appearances (2016 and 2017) and in 2017 competed in the U SPORTS Men's Final 8 for the first time since 1986.
Before joining Manitoba, Schepp spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Winnipeg and has coached high school and club teams for over 15 years. Schepp is trained in Canada Basketball's train to compete certification and a NCCP certified learning facilitator. Kirby is also a member of the Basketball Manitoba Board of Directors.
Canada's youth men are currently ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the Americas.