Played high school basketball at Oak Bay Secondary – Island champions
Camosun College 2001-2003
Played five years of professional basketball in the Irish Superleague (2005 Bosman player of the year) and the Swiss LNA – 2005-2008
Irish National Team member
Twenty years of international youth coaching experience
Get to Know Your Coach
Q: Did you play other sports growing up? Were other sports important to your development as an athlete?
A: “My first sport was soccer which I played from age 5-16. I also played a bit of rugby, football, volleyball, track and field. They all played a major role in developing skills and a mindset which made basketball easier.”
Q: When did you get serious about basketball?
A: “I started playing basketball at around 10. I started focusing solely on basketball at about 16.”
Q: Who have been your biggest sports influences?
A: “I was lucky to have peers who were just as heavily involved and obsessed with sports as I was. Competing against those friends was really influential in my life. I learned so much from watching and studying skills of players and then practicing those skills on my own time.”
Q: What values did you learn through sport that have been influential in your life?
A: “Basketball has taught me to be disciplined, hard-working and a team player. I have learned so many great habits that I utilize everyday and that have helped me become a solid contributing member of society.”
Q: Who is your favourite player?
A: “When they were in the league, my favourite players were Magic Johnson and Steve Nash. Currently, my favourite player to watch is Lebron James.”
Q: What did the most to build your confidence as a player?
A: “Confidence is such a huge part of basketball. My first basketball coach always said, “perfect practice makes perfect”, and that’s something you can always strive for. Practice and experience playing and competing and having success with that builds confidence. Seeing the ball go in while practicing builds confidence and then doing it in games builds it even more. You have to believe in your ability and not expect anyone else to. My advice would be to study a move or shooting form and then go out and practice that for thousands of hours. I promise that you will continue to improve and go as far as you want to with the game of basketball if you put in thoughtful work and never give up on your goal. The best part is the journey and if you come up short of your ultimate goal, I’m sure the road trying to get there will be worth it.”
Q: What lesson are you most passionate about sharing with young players?
A: “An important lesson I would share is to not get discouraged. If you’re passionate about the game and you aren’t at the level you or coaches expect right now, continue your work. Study the game, study other players that have a skill set you want to develop, record yourself and study your game. It’s never too late to improve or get something great out of the basketball.”