LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University Director of Athletics Murray Hall announced Thursday that Basketball Manitoba High Performance coach and current Red River College head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul will lead the TWU women’s basketball team into the future as the new head coach of the Spartans.
With over ten years of coaching experience Jean-Paul brings a wealth of basketball experience to TWU, which includes three years as head coach at Red River College where she won a MCAC conference title in 2009 with the Rebels, three consecutive conference championships and a provincial bronze medal with River East Collegiate’s junior varsity team, and two years as an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s team.
“Trinity Western’s stock rose when Cheryl accepted our proposal to join a great staff who already know how to develop student athletes holistically,” said TWU’s Murray Hall. “Cheryl shares our vision for developing complete champions on and off the court – she will turn our basketball program around and into a perennial contender – it is just a matter of time.”
She has also been the head coach for Manitoba’s 2009 Canada Games U17 girl’s team, Manitoba’s 2011 Western Canada Games U15 midget girl’s team, and the women’s head coach for the Manitoba Region of the Centre for Performance program.
“This is great news! With so many recent hires being male, of female teams, we have lost the experience of so many of our female players. Cheryl has taken this experience as a player and combined it with her dedicated study of the game to become an excellent coach. She has so much to offer young women not only from the basketball the perspective, but from being a positive role model. Given time I know she will succeed,” said Basketball Canada’s Manager of Coaching Education and Development Mike MacKay.
Jean-Paul, who is a Level III NCCP certified coach as well as a Master Learning Facilitator for the NCCP Intro to Competition basketball coaching course, has been recognized for her coaching abilities by being awarded the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association as well as being a Finalist for the Coaching Manitoba High Performance Coach of the Year award.
“Cheryl has been a great coaching ambassador for us in Manitoba! Her tireless commitment to the game in Manitoba across all levels of the game will be missed greatly! We are very excited on her move out west to TWU and wish her nothing but success – except of course when her team competes against any Manitoba school!,” commented Basketball Manitoba Executive Director Adam Wedlake.
In 2009, the native of Winnipeg, traveled to Zambia and Rwanda to observe and to help their national sporting organizations in developing their programming and their pursuit of athletic excellence and traveled to Baker Lake, Nunavut to provide clinician work and guest-speak at the BLYAA awards banquet. She has also been a clinician at a number of clinics including Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic, University of Manitoba Elite 60 Camp, University of Manitoba Women’s Spring Camp, University of Manitoba Mini-University basketball camp, St. John’s Ravenscourt Sports Camp and Athletes in Action Spring Break clinic.
“Cheryl is a fantastic person and a fabulous leader. In my mind, she is a “blue-chip”; someone that can bring TWU to a National Championship,” commented CIS silver medalist Windsor Lancers women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallée.
As a five year player with the University of Manitoba Jean-Paul earned all-star and MVP honours (1999-2000) with the Bisons, a CIS silver medal and a GPAC conference championship in 1998. Jean-Paul scored over 1000 points in her five year career and was among the perennial conference leaders in Free Throw percentage and steals. In 1999, she was involved in Athletes in Action European tour team that toured Switzerland & Slovakia.
“I would especially like to thank Basketball Manitoba, Basketball Canada and Red River College for the support and opportunities that have been provided for my coaching development in helping me prepare to take on this role. I look forward to working with the athletes who have been representing the Spartan program and plan to continue bringing in quality student-athletes who will proudly wear the Spartan colours,” added Jean-Paul.
Jean-Paul, who graduated from Manitoba in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree, is also a level two basketball official who has over eight years of officiating experience including refereeing in the CIS, the Manitoba provincial championships and at the national level for the midget girls’ championships.
Jean-Paul, replaces former head coach Kerby Court after a three year term with the Spartans.
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU’s 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.