CLINIC UPDATE: all registered and paid coaches were emailed a direct link to join the Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic on Thursday afternoon. The clinic will begin at 9:00 AM central time and will continue throughout the day wrapping up at 5:00 PM. If you did not receive a link, check your email junk or spam folders first, and if you still cannot find it, please contact Adam at Basketball Manitoba at

Basketball Manitoba is excited to announce the details of its 14th annual 'Super Coaches Clinic' scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2023.  This year's event will be offered in an online environment.  

The clinic will run at the same time as the province-wide 'SAGE' in-service day and is registered as a professional development event by PHE Manitoba.  The deadline to register is 12 noon 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2023.  

The lineup for the day will include...

  • Presenter 1: Gordie Herbert, Team Germany Head Coach, 2023 FIBA World Cup Gold Medalist
  • Presenter 2: Mike Meeks, Canada Basketball Manager of Youth Player Development
  • Presenter 3: Mike Taylor, Winnipeg Sea Bears Head Coach, 2023 CEBL Coach of the Year
  • Presenter 4: Mike MacKay, Canada Basketball Women's High-Performance Manager 
  • Presenter 5: Victor Lapena, Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Women's National Team
  • Attend the full day of presentations online for only $25.00 CAD
  • All attendees will receive a digital copy of the Super Coach Clinic manual as part of the registration.
  • All presentations will be recorded for later playback by clinic attendees.
  • Door prizes will be presented throughout the day.
  • View the presenter bios below and the schedule in the above images.

Basketball Manitoba thanks the following organizations for supporting the Super Coaches Clinic...

1991 Grey Cup Legacy Grant


Gordie Herbert - Team Germany Head Coach & 2023 FIBA World Cup Gold Medalist

Born and raised in Penticton, British Columbia. Gordie Hebert attended North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene for two years and transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1979, where he played college basketball for the Vandals.  After his college career, he played professionally in Finland for 12 years. He also played with the Canadian senior men’s team at the 1984 Olympics and the 1986 FIBA World Cup.
He has coached many teams in his career, including the Frankfurt Skyliners, with which he won the German League title in 2004. He also coached French team Paris and Pau Orthez, with which he won the French Cup in 2006-2007. In 2007 he started his coaching at the Greek club Aris and shortly after became an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors in 2008-2009. He led his German club team, the Skyliners, to a FIBA Europe Cup championship in the 2015-2016 season after defeating Pallacanestro Varese in the final. Herbert was also named the German Basketball Bundesliga Coach of the Year. 

In September 2021, he was named the head coach of the Germany Senior Men's National Team, where he guided them to a bronze medal at the 2022 European Championships and just recently to a Gold Medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

Victor Lapeña - Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Women's National Team
 A native of Zaragoza, Spain, since 2007 Lapeña has been a mainstay within the Spanish Basketball Federation, Federación Española de Baloncesto (FEB), where he has captured 14 international FIBA medals during his years with the Senior Women’s National Team, as well as various age-group teams.
He coached several teams in Spain, both in the second-tier league (2003-2008) and the first-tier league (2008-2018). He won the Spanish League in the 2012-13 season and the 2014 Spanish Cup with CB Avenida. In the 2018-2019 season he coached his first team abroad, Nadezhda Orenburg from the Russian Premier League, winning the second-tier 2018–19 EuroCup Women. On 29 June 2019, he signed with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe National team Lapeña has worked with the Spanish Basketball Federation as both assistant and head coach in the youth teams and the senior team, winning a total of 14 medals. In November 2015 he was the head coach of the senior team for two games.

Internationally, as an assistant coach with Spain’s Senior Women’s National Team, Lapeña is an Olympic silver medalist (Rio 2016), a two-time EuroBasket champion (2013, 2017) and helped coach the team to a silver medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.  Over the course of his 14 years with Spain, Lapeña has coached in some of FIBA’s largest competitions and tournaments, including the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  

Lapeña, who has also served as head coach of Spain’s women’s age-group teams, also captured a pair of silver medals at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Championships in 2012 and 2014.  A perennial powerhouse federation in Europe, he also coached Spain to gold medals at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship for Women, 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship for Women and 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship for Women.

Lapeña has some direct ties to Canadian basketball that he was able to call on during the hiring process. Maurizio Gherardini, the former Raptors executive and Canada Basketball official, is the general manager at Fenerbahçe in Turkey, where Lapeña’s team went undefeated in his last season. And he’s close to former Raptors assistant and Spanish national men’s team coach Sergio Scariolo since Lapeña has worked for a decade in the highly successful Spanish program. 

In 2022, Victor was announced as the head coach for the Canadian Senior Women’s National team and led the team to a 4th place finish at the 2022 FIBA World Cup in Sydney. Canada is now ranked 5th overall in the FIBA ranking heading into the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Mike Taylor - Winnipeg Sea Bears Head Coach & 2023 CEBL Coach of the Year

Mike Taylor brings to the table two decades' worth of professional coaching experience. Mike led the Winnipeg Sea Bears to a very successful inaugural CEBL season for the expansion Winnipeg Sear Bears this past summer.  After leading the team to a 12-8 regular season record and into the playoffs, Coach Taylor was recognized by the CEBL as its 2023 Coach of the Year.  

Prior to joining the Sea Bears, he served as the head coach for the CEBL’s Fraser Valley Bandits. Prior to that, he coached the Polish national team from 2014 to 2021, bringing their world ranking up from #42 to #13. He also led the team to a top-eight finish at the World Cup in China in 2019 and three EuroBasket appearances in 2015, 2017 and 2022. 

Taylor also left his mark on the German basketball scene, coaching 11 seasons and leading three organizations to promotion (Hamburg Towers, Ratiopharm Ulm and Chemnitz 99ers). Prior to this, he led the Maine Red Claws (now the Maine Celtics) of the NBA G League to the organization’s first playoff appearance and coached the league’s all-star game in 2013.

Mike Meeks - Canada Basketball Manager of Youth Player Development

The Ontario-raised Olympian is another member of the iconic 2000 Canadian Men’s basketball team, but his story is much more than that: a prodigious pro career all over Europe from 1996-2012, being a walking bucket at Division 1 and leading the Canisius College Golden Griffins to their only NCAA appearance.
Mike Meeks had a four-year career at Canisius University in Buffalo, graduating in 1996. When he left, he was the all-time leading Canadian scorer in the NCAA, a distinction that was not broken until nine years later. He made three consecutive all-conference first teams and finished as one of the school’s all-time leaders in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
 Meeks had a stellar international career representing Canada from age group level to the senior men’s team, being a teammate with Steve Nash and Winnipeg local Todd McCullough. Mike was one of the key members of the 2000 Olympic team where Canada won its preliminary group beating Australia on their home soil and finished seventh, with Meek’s being Canada’s leading scorer. He served as a head coach and assistant coach in Europe for three years after his playing career at BG Göttingen and Würzburg Baskets from 2011 to 2014 in the Basketball Bundesliga League of Germany.
In 2015 he was named Manager of Youth Player Development for Canada Basketball and also took part in the selection committee for the first All-Canada Bio Steel all-star game on April 14, 2015, at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.  He is in Winnipeg this fall to lead both the Junior Academy and National Team ID Camps at Sport Manitoba.

Mike MacKay, Canada Basketball Women's High-Performance Manager

Mike MacKay is the Women's High-Performance Manager in Canada Basketball. He has spent decades in the game, influencing thousands of coaches over the years with the clinics he has conducted in several countries around the world.
He previously served as Canada Basketball’s Manager of Coaching Education and Development prior to his current role as Women's High-Performance Manager. He is primarily responsible for the continued development of the women’s program’s high-performance athlete profile and the identification of standards against which Canada’s female athletes at the senior, development and youth levels can be measured. MacKay will provide technical leadership to the women’s Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS) program through his deep knowledge base and familiarity with Canada's player pool. The native of Truro, N.S. will also be counted upon to assist and guide the continued development of Canada Basketball’s development and age-group women’s national team coaches.



The following is the current presentation schedule for the day.  Please note that both presenters and topics are subject to change.  The below schedule will be updated immediately if any changes are to be made.

Each presentation will be done virtually using an online video webinar format.  Each presentation will run 60-75 minutes, with the remaining time opened up for a Q & A session with the attendees and presenter.  


Watch Past Super Clinic Videos

By attending a Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic, you will gain full access to the entire clinic video online library! 

Watch the full Super Coaches Clinic Video Collection


The Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic was formed under the partnership of the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba with Basketball Manitoba.  The first clinic was offered in 2009 at the University of Winnipeg and has alternated between there and the University of Manitoba ever since.  The clinic averages over 300 coaches in attendance each year and is the largest coaches clinic in Manitoba and the largest basketball coaches clinic in Canada!  

Our growing list of past presenters includes...
  • Adam Friesen, Fraser Valley University (2015)
  • Alan Stein, Stronger Team (2012)
  • Alex Sarama, Basketball Immersion (2021)
  • Allison McNeill, Canadian National Team (2017, 2020)
  • Brian McCormick, Basketball IQ & Kross Over Basketball (2014, 2019)
  • Briana Finch, Florida International University (2019)
  • Barry Hecker (2018)
  • Butch Carter, NBA Coach (2015)
  • Brock Lemon, Dakota College (2016)
  • Cam Moskal, Manitoba Association of Basketball Officials (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Carly Clarke, Ryerson University / Team Canada (2021)
  • Chris McDole, Pro-Aggression Training (2011)
  • Chris Oliver, Basketball Immersion (2020, 2022)
  • Coleen Dufresne, University of Manitoba (2012)
  • Dan Becker, Basketball Manitoba (2014, 2016)
  • Dave Crook, University of Winnipeg (2009)
  • Dave Love, NBA Shooting Coach (2010, 2019)
  • Dave Taylor, University of Regina (2013)
  • Dawn Smyth, Canada Basketball (2013)
  • Dr. Dean Kriellaars, University of Manitoba (2017)
  • Drew Hanlan, Pure Sweat Basketball (2013 & 2015)
  • Gil Cheung, Brandon University (2011, 2017, 2019, 2022)
  • Glen Bergeron, University of Winnipeg / True Sport (2012)
  • Jay Triano, Toronto Raptors and Canadian National Team (2011)
  • Jeff Billeck, University of Winnipeg Athletic Therapy (2018)
  • John Dore, Concordia University (2009)
  • Jon Giesbrecht, Play Free Basketball (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022)
  • Ken Shields, University of Victoria and Canadian National Team (2010)
  • Kirby Schepp, University of Manitoba (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)
  • Lee Hurton, Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association (2011)
  • Lisa Thomaidis, University of Saskatchewan / National Women's Team (2009)
  • Mano Watsa, Point Guard College (2021)
  • Manoj Nowrang, Positive Coaching Alliance (2011)
  • Martha Bradbury, MABO (2014, 2017)
  • Matt Talmage, Krossover Video Service (2014)
  • Michele Belanger, University of Toronto (2009)
  • Michele Sung (Hynes), University of Manitoba (2012, 2014, 2022)
  • Mike Iwanchuk, Strive Athletic Training (2018)
  • Mike McNeill, Canadian National Team (2017)
  • Mike MacKay, Canada Basketball (2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
  • Mike Raimbault, University of Winnipeg (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Pam Danis, University of Manitoba (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Randy Kusano, University of Manitoba / Basketball Manitoba (2012, 2014)
  • Renato Pasquali, Canada Basketball (2010)
  • Dr. Reece Malone, Diversity Essentials (2017) 
  • Rich Chambers, Canadian National Team (2013)
  • Rick Torbett, Read & React (2012 & 2016)
  • Ron Yeung, Canada Basketball (2013)
  • Roy Rana, Sacramento Kings / Team Canada (2020, 2021)
  • Ross Wedlake, Basketball Manitoba Technical Committee (2010 & 2012)
  • Dr. Scott Leckie, Sport Dentist (2013)
  • Sefu Bernard, WNBA Washington Mystics (2020)
  • Shawn Swords, Laurentian University (2009)
  • Sheldon Reynolds - Coaching Manitoba (2012)
  • Sherwin Vasallo, Acceleration Performance (2009, 2010)
  • Steve Brown, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx (2009 & 2011)
  • Steve Konchalski, St. Francis Xavier / Team Canada (2021)
  • Tanya McKay, University of Winnipeg (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018)


Deadline to Register: 
Thursday, October 19, 2023, 12:00 pm 8:00 PM

Registration Fee: $25.00 per coach


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