Rep Teams


2020 – 2021 REP TEAMS

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KWGBA’s  tryouts will not be confirmed until we have confirmation from appropriate parties about the upcoming season, including the Ontario Basketball Association, local and provincial health authorities and both school boards.

U10 GIRLS (2011 / 2012) 

Coaching Staff:  Aaron Tomlin & Mariko Yoshy – Head Coaches

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U11 GIRLS (2010) 

Coaching Staff:  Brianne Pedersen, Tierney Boucher – Head Coaches


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U13 GIRLS (2008) 

Coaching Staff:  Steve Arthur – Head Coach, Craig Daniels, Assistant Coach

Steve Arthur – Head Coach
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Steve is a high school science teacher with more than a decade of coaching experience at Bluevale Collegiate, including five years with the junior boys and six years with the senior boys.
Steve is NCCP Level 2 trained, holds a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and spent 10 years coaching boys rep baseball in Waterloo. He played varsity basketball in high school.

Craig Daniels – Assistant Coach
Craig is a career journalist and editor and in his second year as a basketball coach. Craig played varsity basketball at the high school and university levels and covered the Raptors and the NBA as a beat writer and columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper. He has covered two Olympic Games, two Men’s World Basketball Championships and six NBA Finals. He was deputy sports editor at The Globe and Mail newspaper and currently works as Senior Journalist at Communitech in Kitchener.

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U14 GIRLS (2007)

Coaching Staff:  Renee McKenzie – Head Coach

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Coach McKenzie recently completed her second year of coaching for the KWGBA Wildhawks. Renee is Vice President, Information Technology at OpenText, a local Waterloo company with a big success story. She has played the game for many years throughout public school and university, and played for Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Games level. Her philosophy is simple – focus on mechanics, player development, teamwork and fun!

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U14 GIRLS B (2007)

Coaching Staff:  Dimitri Haddad – Head Coach

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U15 / U16 GIRLS (2005 – 2006)

Coaching Staff: Jay Johnston – Head Coach

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Coach Johnston is entering his 5th season with the Wildhawks, after 3 years at KW Lightning.  Jay brings more than 17 years of experience to KWGBA, including club, AAU, high school and university teams.  Former guest coach and clinician for Ontario Basketball Elite Programs and still involved with COBA summer Basketball camps, Jay is a passionate coach who looks for development opportunities every time his teams step on the court.


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U19 GIRLS (2002 – 2004)

Coaching Staff:  Samantha Edwards – Head Coach,  Michael Bradford – Assistant Coach, John Malnerich – Head of Basketball Operations

Team/Season Information:

Coach Edwards is looking for grade 10-12 girls that wish to play basketball at a high level and want to get better. This program will be playing a competitive schedule that will include exhibition games, tournaments, league play, as well as American competitions. Practices will be a minimum of three days a week and additional game film analysis meetings may be scheduled. A mandatory team training camp weekend in November will also kick off the year. The season will run from November 2019-May 2020.

Those team members interested in staying on after the season to train and attend one or two more AAU tournaments and/or a possible team camp at a NCAA school will be welcome to do so. We would like to do this, but things will this be based on interest and commitment level. This will be a separate program cost to the season.

Coach Edwards wants to help develop players to be the best they can be and reach their maximum potential. Her goal is always to help players develop a sense of pride in how hard they work, how committed they are and what they can achieve when they believe in each other. Players that aspire to play at the next level will get the coaching they need and experience a team culture conducive to getting better.

Samantha Edwards – Head Coach

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  • Head Coach of the Junior Girls Basketball Program at St. Benedict C.S.S (District 8 Champions, 10-1 league record, CWOSSA Semi-finalists)
  • Graduate of University of Toronto Kinesiology and Education
  • Athletic Therapist for U of T Women’s Basketball program
  • NCCP Train to Train (Level 2) Certified
  • Wildhawk U16 Head coach (Provincial Cup Bronze)
  • 4 years- Head Coach for the Cambridge Centaurs Girls Rep Program
  • 2 years- Coach/ Instructor with Waterloo Wildhawks House League Program
  • 4 years of coaching Midget Boys Basketball at St. Benedicts C.S.S
  • 2 years- Head Coach Junior Girls at Havergal College, Toronto
  • 1 year- Head Coach Junior Girls at Oakwood C.I, Toronto
  • Coached at numerous basketball camps in the GTA and Waterloo Region

John Malnerich – Head of Basketball Operations
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  • Current Senior Boys Coach at St. Benedict CSS
  • NCCP Level 3 Nationally Certified Coach
  • 24 years of high school coaching experience and 8 years of OBA and AAU travel basketball
  • 2 years as an Assistant Coach at the University of Waterloo.
  • 1999 Reebok National High School Champion
  • 2017 OFSAA “AAA” Silver Medalist
  • 2002 OFSAA “AA” Antique Bronze Medalist
  • 4 other OFSAA Quarter final finishes
  • 7 undefeated league seasons at the different high schools he has coached at. Won NEOAA, NOSSA and CWOSSA regional titles.
  • Over 16 years of directing and organizing summer basketball camps and leagues
  • The last six years at St. Benedict his teams have amassed a record of 215 wins and 48 losses (0.817%).
  • 2014 U16 Div. 1 Provincial Bronze Medalist with Cambridge Centaurs
  • 2015 U17 Div. 2 Provincial Silver Medalist with Cambridge Centaurs
  • Is known for developing players to play at their maximum potential. Over his high school coaching career, 26 of his players have gone on to play University and College basketball.

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