The Basketball Manitoba Podcast Series is being produced to highlight, showcase and celebrate those that have been and continue to be instrumental to the growth and development of basketball throughout the province and beyond. The series will include a wide range of players, coaches and others who have been pioneers at all levels of the game. The series will explore the journey and reflections of a wide range of local basketball people focusing on how the game has impacted their lives and the lessons they have learned along the way.
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Pierre Dubreuil.
He began playing basketball at the age of 15 years old in his home country of France. After playing for just two years, he started coaching and refereeing, finding himself more drawn to that side of the game.
For 11 years, he coached and refereed at the pre-national level before moving to Canada in May 2018. That summer, he took over the Men's Basket...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba podcast, we have Joel Coursey.
Joel played his high school basketball at Steinbach Regional High School. He then went on to play at Providence University College for three seasons. During his playing career, he received numerous awards, including the MCAC All-Conference Award and was NCCAA All-Conference Honorable Mention.
His passion for basketball didn't stop After he finished playi...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Erfan Nasajpour.
He is a Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute graduate in Winnipeg, where he won a provincial championship and was ranked the number 1 player in the province.
He played for the Manitoba Provincial Team program for 2 summers.
He went on to play at the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. There he was
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Marjorie Kelly. She graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and went on to play at the University of Manitoba.
Additionally, she was a member of the two consecutive...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Rashawn Browne.
Rashawn played college basketball at New Mexico State University and then transferred to the California University of Pennsylvania for one season before returning to Canada. He played his final three years at the University of Manitoba.
During his final season in Manitoba, he led them to the most wins in school history (at the time) while playing in the C...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Xavier Smith.
Xavier is a graduate of Sisler High School and played basketball at Lakeland College before transferring to Brandon University and finally to the University of Manitoba.
He played for the Manitoba Provincial Team for three summers from 2002 to 2004. He returned to his alma mater Manitoba Bisons, to be an assistant coach from 2019 to 2021.
Today on the Basketball Manitoba podcast, we have a very special guest, Todd MacCulloch.
Todd is a Manitoba basketball legend. He attended Shaftsbury High School, where he helped lead the team to consecutive championships in 1993 and 1994. He was also a member of the Manitoba Provincial Team program for four summers, including at the 1993 Canada Summer Games, where he helped lead Manitoba to a victory over a Steve Nash-...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Graham Bodnar.
He is a staple in the basketball community. If there is a basketball event, he will be there as a player, coach, or simply supporting in some way.
He is a graduate of Providence College in Otterburne, Manitoba, where he lead his team to two MCAC Championships and two ACCA National Championships. During his time there, he was recognized as 2nd team All-Conference...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba podcast, we have Amy Barlow (Ogidan).
She is the founder of the Mini-Ballers basketball program that offers an entry-level basketball experience for children ages 1-8.
Amy graduated from Oak Park High School, where she was recognized as one of the top players in the province. Additionally, she played for the provincial team for three summers.
She was selected to the invite-only Nike All-...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Emily Potter.
Emily is currently a member of the Canadian National Team program and a professional basketball player currently playing in Greece.
She graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg, where she won a provincial title and was ranked as the number 1 player in the province. She’s played for the Manitoba Provincial Team for three years.
She then went on t...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast we have Manny Aranez.
He is the Founder and Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association of Winnipeg (PBA).
The league was founded in 2001 with just seven teams and now features more than 114 teams with 14 divisions from youth to senior. The league's mission is to assist youth in our community to discover their potential in playing the sport of basketball.
He was elected Commi...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Randy Kusano.
Randy has been coaching for over 45 years and is considered one of the most successful high school coaches in Manitoba. Randy is a graduate of Glenlawn Collegiate, where he went on to play at the University of Manitoba.
He was part of the 1976 University of Manitoba men’s basketball team that won the Canadian National Championship.
After graduating, he went on to...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast, we have Bill Wedlake.
A legend in the Basketball Manitoba Community, Bill started his basketball journey at St. John’s High School as a player and then went on to play at the University of Manitoba.
After graduating, he became the head coach of the St. John’s High School varsity boys program from 1968 to 1984, where his teams won the Provincial AAAA Championship in 1978.
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast we have Keylyn Filewich.
She is currently playing her first year as a professional basketball player in Germany for the Astroladies Basketball Club.
She graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, won a provincial AAAA Championship, was a 2-time all Manitoban and was recognized as MHSAA Athlete of the Year.
She played on the Manitoba provincial team for five years, winning a Gold m...
Audio from the 2022 Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner held Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The evening was hosted by the MBHOF Chair, Ross Wedlake and honoured...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast we have Daniel Sackey.
He is currently a Senior at the University of New Orleans, which competes in the NCAA Division 1 Southland Conference.
He attended Kelvin High School and transferred from Thornlea Secondary School (Markham, Ontario), where he was a First-Team All-Star in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). He was ranked No. 16 in his class by North P...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba podcast, we have Amarjit (AJ) Basi.
He is a professional basketball player who recently played professional basketball in the British Basketball League.
He graduated from Sturgeon Heights Colligate in Winnipeg, where he was ranked 3rd in the province and was selected to the All-Manitoba team.
After high school, he played for the University of Manitoba, where he helped the program reach ...
Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast we have Mike Ruta.
He is considered the “Father of the WMBA,” as he led the formation of the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association in 1997 and became the league’s first President. His vision was to provide a structured basketball league for Winnipeg area youth outside the school system and open for all to participate.
The league kicked off its first season in 1997 with 40 teams out of ...
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