The University of Winnipeg is pleased to announce the addition of College basketball to its list of competitive sports programs. The men’s and women’s College Wesmen Basketball Teams will begin play in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conferences (MCAC) this September.
The University of Winnipeg previously had a Men’s Basketball Program in the MCAC for two years from 2006-2008. These teams were coached by the likes of Wesmen Alums Luc Buller and Vic Pruden. The Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams join the recently announced Soccer Programs in the MCAC for September 2010.
”It is exciting to be back in the MCAC in basketball. I see it as the one missing piece of the puzzle of having a natural progression of athletes at all levels from Jr. Wesmen to Collegiate to College to the Varsity Wesmen”, said University of Winnipeg Athletic Director Doran Reid.
Richter, Chhouen Named Head Coaches
The University of Winnipeg is also pleased to announce that Grant Richter and Suki Chhoeun have been named the head coaches of the College Wesmen men’s and women’s basketball teams respectively.
Grant Richter, will lead the men’s team, brings 26 years experience coaching basketball at different levels from junior high, high school, Canadian University to professional. Last season Richter was named the interim head coach of the Wesmen Basketball team in January. He also spent three seasons as the head coach of the varsity boy’s basketball team. Last season the team finished with a record of 28-2 and for the first time in the history of the Collegiate the team was ranked in the top ten in the Provincial AAAA rankings. Richter spend five seasons as a head coach (2001-2002) and assistant coach (1997-2000) with the Winnipeg Cyclones of the International Basketball Association. He gained a wealth of experience serving as an assistant coach on Bill Wedlake’s Wesmen team from 1992-1998. Richter served as head coach at Murdoch Mackay, Transcona and Bernie Wolfe high schools from 1983-1998.
Leading the women’s team is Suki Chhoeun, a graduate of Miles Macdonell, Chhoeun has been coaching since 2003. She has been involved in a variety of basketball programs, including the University Wesmen Women’s team, Junior Wesmen Club program, TMO Basketball school, Basketball Manitoba’s Winnipeg Regional Training Centre respectively and most recently, the Manitoba U15 Girls Provincial team. Chhoeun has coached at the collegiate level for six years, stemming at Miles Macdonell, Kildonan East and most recently, Vincent Massey Collegiate (Wpg). Since 2008, she has helped steer the Vincent Massey Trojans to back to back MHSAA provincial championships, in addition she also is going into her 4th season as an assistant coach with the Wesmen Women’s basketball team. Chhoeun is a certified Level 3 coach through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology of Applied Health & Wellness from the University of Winnipeg.
Wesmen News Release