Biographies

 
 

Allison McNeill

Former Head Coach of the Canadian National Team

Head Coach Canadian National Team 2002 - 2012

  • 2012 Olympic Games – Top 8 finish.  First time Canada had been to the Olympics in 12 years.
  • Bronze medalists at the 2011 FIBA Olympic Qualification Tournament
  • 2010 World Championships, finished 12th
  • Bronze medalists at the 2009 FIBA America World Qualification Tournament
  • 4th place finish at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil
  • 2006 World Championships, finished 10th
  • Bronze medalists at the 2005 FIBA America World Qualification tournament
  • Qualified for the 2006 World Championships (1st time Canada had qualified in 12 years – 1994 was the last time)

University of Oregon Associate Head Coach 2001 - 2005

  • 2005 - 2nd Place Pac-10 Conference/2nd Round NCAA Tournament (lost to National Champions Baylor University)
  • 2002 - WNIT Champions

Simon Fraser University Coach 1988 - 2001

  • Record: 363-79
  • 11 trips to NAIA National Championships
  • 12 players named NAIA All-Americans
  • Placed 6 players on Canadian Senior National Team while at SFU
  • Placed 8 players in Canadian National Team Program (Junior, Senior) while at SFU

Head Coach Canadian Junior National Team 1998 - 2000

COACHING AWARDS:

  • 2011                       Geoff Gowan Award - Recognizing lifetime contribution to coaching development
  • 2010                       “In Her Footsteps” award.  Celebrating BC Women in Sport.
  • 2006/2009/2012     CAAWS - Canadian Association for the Advance of Women in Sport: 20 "Most influential Women in Sport in Canada"
  • 2006                       Promotion Plus  - Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence for Career Achievement
  • 2002                       Basketball BC: Women in Basketball Award of Excellence
  • 1996/1998              Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 1994                       YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner
  • 1992                       NAIA Converse - WBCA Coach of the Year
  • 1992                       Burnaby Chamber of Commerce Coach of the Year
  • 1992/93                 YWCA - Women of Distinction (Finalist)
  • 1992                       3M Coaching Canada Award of Recognition
  • 1989/90/95/2000    Basketball BC: Coaching Award of Excellence
  • 1991/92/94/96/98    NAIA Conference Coach of the Year
  • 1990                        Sport BC Coach of the Year
 
 

Yoshia Burton (B.Kin, FMS 2, NKT 2, CPT)

Fitness Trainer for Valley Prep

Yoshia will be serving as Valley Prep's fitness instructor and will oversee dryland training and personalized fitness plans for all of the student athletes.
 

Yoshia is a Kinesiologist and Biomechanics Assessment Specialist who graduated in 2009, from the University of the Fraser Valley. He is the owner of two Innovative Fitness locations in Abbotsford and Walnut Grove. Yoshia has a long background in athletics, working with athletes and teams from Junior Football, Olympic Water Polo, University Soccer, Golf and Basketball. He has worked with many Ironman Competitors  and Ultra marathoners. He served as an assistant coach for the UFV Women’s Basketball team from 2004 to 2010, and then took over as their full time strength and conditioning coach into the present. 

 
 

Al Tuchscherer

Coach

Al Tuchscherer took over head coaching duties with the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball program in 2002, and is currently the longest-serving coach in the Cascades athletic department.
 

A native of Pitt Meadows, B.C., Tuchscherer was head coach at Pitt Meadows Secondary (1992-96) before joining the Cascades as an assistant coach in 1995.
 

He began his UFV head coaching tenure by guiding the women’s hoopsters to back-to-back-to-back PacWest championships, and four straight CCAA championship appearances. During his four seasons in the PacWest (then known as the BCCAA), he compiled a remarkable 71-1 regular season record and an overall mark of 87-7.
 

UFV joined the CIS in 2006-07, and Tuchscherer coached the Cascades to Canada West playoff berths in their first two seasons. The Cascades made their first of four consecutive appearances at the Canada West Final Four in 2010-2011, culminating with a silver medal in the 2013-2014. The team went on to cap the 2013-14 campaign by earning the program’s first CIS medal, a bronze, at the Final 8 National Championship in Windsor, Ont.
 

Tuchscherer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from UFV, and is is also a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Professional Development Program in Teacher’s Education. He’s a three-time PacWest Coach of the Year, a two-time CCAA Coach of the Year and a two-time Basketball BC Coaching Excellence Award winner.
 

Tuchscherer lives in Chilliwack with wife Denise and children Deanna and Julia.

 

 

 

 
 

Cheryl Jean-Paul

Coach

In her 8th year as head coach of the Trinity Western University women’s basketball program, Cheryl Jean-Paul has taken the Spartans to new heights with recent play-off runs in the past several years. This last season the program produced 2 conference all-stars in Tessa Ratzlaff and Kayla Gordon as well as the CanWest Coach of the Year honours as the team went on to finish a program best 16-4 while finishing Top 4 in the conference. She has played many roles in the BC basketball community including U14, U15, U16 and U17 head, assistant, and performance analyst positions over the past 7 provincial team summers, coaching numerous camps and coaching clinics along the way.
 

Cheryl is currently the head coach for the U17 girls’ provincial team, competing at the National Championships in August. Prior to her time in BC, Cheryl was a 5 year athlete at the University of Manitoba, scoring over 1,000 points in her collegiate career. Coaching at the high school level for several years, between her fourth and fifth years of eligibility, was the start of her journey into coaching. Post-graduation Cheryl became an assistant coach with the Manitoba Bisons before taking over the Red River College program in the MCAC, including a championship season.
 

University playing experience, refereeing at the university level for several years, coaching within the Manitoba club system, working with high performance provincial teams with Canada Games and Western Summer Games experience in both Manitoba and British Columbia, and building high school, provincial team, and university programs has given Cheryl a unique perspective of the game, with the primary goal of creating a competitive training environment to develop athletes. Cheryl has just completed her Masters of Arts in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University in order to continue developing and improving as a coach and as a leader in combination with her 16 years of coaching experience. 

 
 

Carmen Dolfo

Coach

Dolfo is in her 28th season as head coach at WWU, having guided the Vikings to 16 NCAA II West Regional appearances. The dean of Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches, she is an historic figure in WWU Athletics, having mentored 14 All-Americans and 60 conference all-stars during her tenure.
 

Dolfo, who is in her 24th year as WWU’s senior women’s administrator, is the first person and one of just two overall to represent WWU in national tournament competition as a player, assistant coach and head coach in any sport, being a part of 711 victories in those three roles.
 

Dolfo enters the 2018-19 season with a career record of 573-223 (.720), putting her amongst the elite active and all-time Division II coaches. She has led the Vikings to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 16 of 20 seasons, including trips to the Elite Eight in 1999-2000 and 2012-13.
 

Here is where Coach Dolfo ranks amongst in the NCAA in several categories, with rankings from prior to the start of the 2017-18 season:

  • Winningest Active Coaches (All-Divisions): 38th (561-207/.730)
  • Winningest Active Coaches (Division II): 7th (by wins), 15th (by pct.)
  • Winningest All-Time Coaches (Division II): 17th (by wins), 21st (by pct.)
  • Most 20-Win Seasons (Division II): T8th (20)

In 2017-18, WWU earned the 1,000th all-time win in program history with a 69-58 victory over Saint Martin's on Jan. 13. According to available records, WWU became the 15th women's collegiate basketball program (across all divisions and classifications) to reach the milestone. Over the 47-year history of the program, WWU is 1,005-358/.737 with 34 seasons of 20 or more wins.
 

In 2016-17 the Vikings recorded another 20-win season, the 20th during Dolfo's tenure, going 26-6 and advancing to the semifinal of the NCAA II West Regional. The Vikings were led by first-team All-American Taylor Peacocke, who became the third player in WWU history to earn GNAC Player of the Year honors.
 

During the 2015-16 season Dolfo became the winningest head coach in WWU history when she registered her 519th career win on December 3, 2015 versus University of Alaska. Dolfo passed former WWU men's coach Brad Jackson as the all-time leader in coaching victories in school history.
 

In 2014-15, Dolfo became the first four-year college women’s coach in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to record 500 victories at one university in those states (71-50 win over Southern Indiana on 12/19/14).
 

Dolfo became WWU’s head coach in 1990 after four seasons as an assistant. She has directed the Vikings to 20 seasons of 20 or more wins, ninth all-time among NCAA II coaches, and 25 postseason appearances.
 

Dolfo's Milestone Victories:

#1 - 11/16/90 (67-54 vs. Chico State - Los Angeles)

#100 - 12/1/95 (80-57 vs. Whitworth)

#200 - 12/3/00 (76-59 vs. Alaska Anchorage)

#300 - 2/24/05 (2/24/05 at Central Washington)

#400 - 11/20/10 (58-24 vs. San Francisco State - Seattle)

#500 - 12/19/14 (71-50 vs. Southern Indiana - Las Vegas)

#519 - 12/3/15 (90-59 vs. Alaska) - becomes all-time winningest coach in WWU history

#550 - 1/21/17 (63-59 vs. MSU Billings)

In 2012-13, Dolfo was named CaptainU Division II National Coach of the Year as WWU posted a 29-4 record and reached the semifinals of the NCAA II Elite Eight, won GNAC regular- season and tournament titles and the West Regional championship.
 

In 1999-2000, Dolfo guided the Vikings to a 27-4 ledger and the national semifinals, winning Pacific West Conference and West Regional championships.Besides those two regional titles, Dolfo directed WWU to the regional finals in 2002, regional semifinals in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2012; and the first round at regionals in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.
 

Selected to the Vikings' all-time basketball team for the school's first 100 years, Dolfo was named Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA II West Region Coach of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013, GNAC Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006, 2011 and 2013; Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 2000 and Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference (PNWAC) Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
 

In 1995-96, Dolfo directed WWU to the NAIA Division I National Tournament quarterfinals and in 1997-98 to a first round national appearance.
 

Dolfo came to WWU in 1984 after spending two seasons competing at Biola University, and played two years of basketball for the Vikings, earning NAIA All-America honors as a senior, averaging 16.8 points a game on a team that reached the national quarterfinals. She also lettered three years at WWU as a setter in volleyball. In her four years of basketball, Dolfo scored 1,757 points and grabbed 896 rebounds.
 

Dolfo then became an assistant coach under legendary coach Lynda Goodrich from 1986 to 1990. The Vikings had a 95-28 record (.778) in that time, and reached the NAIA quarterfinals in 1989.
 

Dolfo has served two three-year terms on the WBCA Board of Directors. She has served on the Kodak All-American Selection Committee as well as the WBCA national rating committee and the West Region rating committee.
 

Dolfo grew up in Penticton, B.C., where she led Penticton High School to the provincial championship as a senior. She earned a bachelor’s degree from WWU in 1986 and a master’s in student personnel administration in 1996. Dolfo and husband John Garrison have two daughters, Kennedy and Aspen, and one son, John Grey.

 
 

Bruce Langford

Coach

Bruce Langford has been a fixture in the British Columbia basketball community for 30 years, having coached 21 years in the BC school system before arriving at SFU in the Fall of 2001.
 

During his tenure at SFU, Langford has guided the Clan to seven 30+ win seasons. Entering the 2018-19 season, Langford has a career record of 426 wins and 127 losses (.770 winning percentage) and a 207-38 home record (.844 winning percentage). Since moving to NCAA in 2010-11, Langford's record is 140-91 (.606 winning percentage). In the NCAA, Langford guided the program to the NCAA tournament three times, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2013 and 2017 and the round of 32 in 2014. 
 

During the 2014-15 season Langford passed legendary Clan coach Allison McNeil in career wins, becoming the most successful coach in program history. McNeil compiled a 363-79 record at SFU.In Langford’s first nine seasons at SFU the Clan competed in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The Clan advanced to the CIS National Championship tournament every year under Langford, winning five CIS national championships. Langford compiled a win-loss record of 286-36 over nine seasons in CIS, including a 142-9 mark at home. During that time the Clan also had a 54-game winning streak straddling the 2009-10 and 2008-09 seasons, and a 45-game winning streak during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Twice Langford’s teams have gone undefeated. His first team in 2001-02 went 35-0 and his 2004-05 team compiled a  38-0 record, the most wins in SFU history.

 
 

Scott Reeves

Coach

2006-present: Head Women’s basketball coach at Thompson Rivers University

2013-15: Canadian Jr national team assistant coach (Coached in 30 International games)

2007-present: Kamloops Basketball Academy Head Coach

2006-10: Regional Basketball coach for Southern Interior region

2003-05: Center for Performance coach

2004-09: Basketball head coach U15 and U16 teams (2 National tournaments)

1997-2006: Assistant coach or Head coach at Aldergrove and Brookswood

 
 

Deb Huband

Coach

Since 1995, Deb Huband has been the head coach of UBC Thunderbirds. She is the longest serving and most successful women’s basketball coach in school history, and is the only Thunderbirds basketball head coach, male or female, to win to three U SPORTS (formerly CIS) national championships.
 

On January 28, 2017 against Brandon, Huband – the wins leader amongst active Canada West coaches – earned her 300th victory in conference play. She will soon catch Kathy Shields, whose 320 triumphs at Victoria are the most in league history.
 

Under Huband, UBC reached the pinnacle of Canadian university women’s basketball in 2004, 2006, and 2008. The team also won U SPORTS silver in 2012, and bronze in 2015, and earned Canada West conference championships on four different occasions (2007, 2008, 2012, and 2015).
 

Individually, she merited the U SPORTS Coach of the Year honour in 2004, after sharing the award at the conference level. After UBC’s national title triumph in 2008, Huband was named the Basketball BC University Coach of the Year.
 

Before becoming head coach at UBC, she served a stint as an assistant from 1988-91.
 

Huband has served her country for over a decade in various coaching roles with Canada Basketball. She started as an assistant with the senior national team in 1998, and served in the same role at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was the mentor coach on the Cadette women’s team that competed at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in Rodez, France.
 

She helped coach Canada to a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and was the head coach of Canada’s squad at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Korea.
 

Huband's other roles have included:

  • Assistant coach - Canada Summer Universiade team in 2005 (Turkey)
  • Assistant coach - Canada Under-20 team in 2006
  • Co-head coach - Canada Summer Universiade team in 2009 (Serbia)

Huband is one of the few Canadian basketball players to participate as both a player and coach in the Summer Olympics. One of the finest our country has ever produced, Huband joined the national team as a player in 1978, and was the starting point guard and captain of the Canadian squad that earned a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She was also the starting point guard of the bronze medal-winning world championship teams in ‘79 and ‘86.
 

A graduate of Bishop’s and UBC (Masters of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology), Huband was a three-time U SPORTS All-Canadian and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Basketball BC Hall of Fame in 2017. She also holds a spot in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the Basketball Ontario Hall of Fame and the Concordia Hall of Fame (along with her 1976-77 teammates). She has also been honoured by the Nepean Sports Hall of Fame and has a place on the Bishop’s University Wall of Distinction.
 

Huband is still tied for the all-time U SPORTS record for points in a game, scoring 50 with Bishop’s in 1981-82.
 

Born in Ottawa, Huband also lived in Ontario, Quebec and New Jersey before settling in Vancouver in 1980.

 
 

Steve Beauhamp

Coach

Steve Beauchamp is entering his first year as head coach of the Douglas College Women’s Basketball program. However, he is no stranger to the Royals. Steve previously spent 10 years behind the bench of the Men’s Basketball program from 1984-1993. His return to the Royals speaks to one of the keystones of being a Royal, and that is: Royals always bleed greed.

Needless to say, Steve Beauchamp is beyond qualified for the head coach role. He brings over 30 years of playing and coaching experience to the team, and his knowledge will give future generations a deeper level of insight into the game. A local and community orientated man; Steve has spent his life coaching at the CCAA and high school level, and at the community level.
 

Steve’s coaching philosophy revolves around getting the most out of the team he coaches. He always wants his team to overachieve. He aims to have his teams play hard but maintain respect for their opponent. His players would describe him as: “Passionate, knowledgeable, experienced, driven, dedicated, and adaptable.”
 

A family orientated man, Steve has raised three daughters, Amy, Tessa, and Rachel. Tragically, he lost his daughter Tessa to a rare form of brain cancer in 2012. A foundation has been set up in her name to provide financial assistance to BC High School students planning to pursue a post-secondary education. For more information check out: www.tessabeauchamp.org
 

Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.” – Wayne Gretzky 

 
 

Chris Weimer

Coach

Chris Weimer is no stranger to the CapU program, having been an assistant coach on the Blues women's basketball team for the past six seasons. He was instrumental in the team's recent success, which included a PACWEST gold medal in 2017-18, two regular season championships, and three silver medals.  He takes over the head coaching duties from Ramin Sadaghiani, who has stepped away from coaching after moving to Kelowna to pursue a new career opportunity with ICBC.

"Having spent the past six years as an assistant coach with the Blues women's basketball team, I feel the timing is right to make the transition back to head coaching. Although the team will be in a rebuilding phase, our goal will remain the same: working towards and competing for Provincial and National Championships. I am looking forward to the chance to continue to work with returning athletes, coaches and the athletics staff at Capilano University."

Weimer has a strong connection to the North Shore basketball community, having been the head coach at Seycove Secondary and Sutherland Secondary for nearly two decades. He also is the head instructor for the North Vancouver School Basketball Academy – North Vancouver Districts.

Weimer becomes the eighth head coach in Capilano Blues women's basketball history.

 
 

Angela Booy

Coach

Angela Booy had a very successful post-graduate basketball career. She started at University of the Cariboo (now TRU) in her rookie year playing two seasons for the Sun Demons. Then transferred to Okanagan University College (now UBCO). At UCC, she won a PACWEST provincial championship and finished fourth at CCAA nationals. Angela was then recruited to play at Trinity Western University where she finished off an impressive career as a Spartan.
 

After playing out her five years, Angela became an assistant coach at Columbia Bible College for two years (2005-2007). She moved on to coach the MEI Senior girls and then the MEI junior girls, winning a bronze medal at BC Junior provincials. Angela returned to CBC in 2013 as an assistant coach. The next season she took over the program as Head Coach. In her four years at the helm at CBC, Angela and her team have led CBC to the most successful season in the history of the women’s program. This past season Angela was selected as the PACWEST Coach of the Year (2018).
 

Angela and her Bearcats team continue to build on their success heading into the upcoming season with a fantastic group of returners and recruits. Her desire is to see athletes come to CBC and grow as Christian women and competitive athletes. CBC is a school which provides opportunities for athletes to play out five years, or spend a year or two developing post-secondary skills before transitioning to U Sports (formerly CIS). 

 
 

Anthony Luyken

Coach

National Coaching NCCP Developer and Learning facilitator( Fundamentals, Kearn to Train and Train to Train)

National Coach NCCP Evaluator 
                         

Training provincial athletes in preparation for national competition                                  

High performance Centre of Performance coach   
                                     

Creates one on one programs for individual athletes at CIS Level 
              

Skills and Development leader in youth club basketball    
                  

Coach /Administration of junior basketball program sponsored  by Assistant  Women Coach University of The Fraser Valley for 9 years 
                                                                                  

Developmental coach for Basketball academy for TCYBA in Tri-Cities area