Rep Teams

** Message from Sam Edwards

My name is Samantha Edwards and I am the new coach of the KWGBA Wildhawk Major Midget (U16/Grade 10) Girls Team. I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach this group and can’t wait to get started.

I want to get to know all current players as well as any possible new additions to the upcoming team. I, along with my new coaching staff, will be running a training session followed by a meet and greet/parent info session on Sunday June 24 at Grand River Collegiate Institute (175 Indian Road, Kitchener, N2B 2S7). The schedule will be as follows:

9:15am Doors open to get in school
9:30am – 9:45am Coach meet players on floor, Introductions, info, Dynamic Warm-up.
9:45-11:20am Skills/Drills/Competitions
11:20-11:30am Cool Down/Stretching
11:30 – 12:00am Parent/Players Information Session and Question Period

In the information session I will introduce our team of coaches and trainers, will explain our philosophies, go over player and parent expectations when playing for us, discuss practice and competition schedules, outline team retreat/training camp, US competitions, season fees, etc.. I think it is very important to lay everything out so families can make the best informed decisions about what is best for their player and if they can commit to what is being asked. I want to help develop players to be the best they can be and reach their maximum potential. That requires a lot of time and effort from both player and coach.

Sunday is not a try-out but more a chance for everyone to meet us, receive instruction from us and, basically, have an opportunity to evaluate things before try-outs with all the clubs in September. Parents are welcome to stay and watch if they wish or to just come back for the post-practice meeting at 11:30am. We encourage you to bring other players that you think can play at a high level and may wish to be part of our family. It is free! Hopefully we will have interest to run some more sessions throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or call me at 519-504-0510 or email me at  If you are uncomfortable calling me directly or wish to find out more about me, please don’t hesitate to talk to our Parent Rep/General Manager, John Malnerich ( Following is a summary of my coaching experience for you to look at as well.

If you can’t make it on Sunday and still wish to speak to me about the team and our plans next season, please give me a call or shoot me an email.  The same goes for if you are interested in any other training this summer.

Thanks, and see you Sunday, June 24 at 9:30am.

Coach Sam

Coach Samantha Edwards

Current Coaching Experience:

  • Head Coach of Junior Girls Basketball Program at St. Benedict C.S.S (September 2017)
    • District 8 Champions
    • 10-1 league record
    • Semi-finalist for CWOSSA
    • 8-3 tournament record

 Background Information:

  • Attended the University of Toronto for Kinesiology and Education
  • Athletic Therapist for U of T Women’s Basketball program
  • 10 Years of coaching Experience
  • 2006- Second Team All-Star for District 8
  • 2008-2010: First Team All- Star District 8
  • Junior Development Program Team Member
  • 2007-2010: Team MVP Girls Basketball at Monsignor E.A Doyle

Relevant Coaching Experience

  • NCCP Train to Train (Level 2) Certified
  • 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 at Havergal College Toronto Junior Girls
  • 1 year- Head Coach for Oakwood C.I Junior Girls (Toronto)
  • Coordinator of Ignite Fitness Opportunities at the University of Toronto
  • Coached at numerous basketball camps in the GTA and Waterloo Region



Atom Girls (2007)

Coaching Staff:  Kaitlyn Schenk, Julia Deakin

Kaitlyn Schenck

Head Coach Atom Girls

Kaitlyn is in her first year of coaching Rep Basketball. Kaitlyn grew in Kitchener, playing basketball for KW Lightning / St Mary’s HS and finally played for WLU for 5 years. Her accolades include being on a  OUA All-Rookie Team and Team Rookie of the Year (2012-2013) / OUA All-Star and Team MVP (2016-2017).

Kaitlyn brings enthusiasm and leadership skills to her Atom Team and all the girls enjoy playing for her.

Julia Deakin

Assistant Coach Atom Girls

This is Julia’s first year of coaching at the rep level, though has several years of experience coaching in house league and at youth camps. Playing the game for over ten years herself, she is enthusiastic about giving back to the community of basketball. Julia is in her final year of university studies, looking to concurrently obtain a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. She is passionate about engaging youth in such a way to further develop themselves. With her great passion for basketball, she is enthusiastic about what this season with such a vibrant group of players will have in store for the team. She is currently working towards completion of her level one coaching certification.

Major Atom Girls (2006)

Coaching Staff:  Rudy Hamm, Amy Dahl, Garrett Large

Rudy Hamm

Head Coach Major Atom

Certified Level II Basketball Coach.  Coached in the OBA for the last 12 years as either Head Coach or Assistant Coach.  As Head Coach has won several OBA championships and with teams competing at the AAA level.  My philosophy is that all players should participate in multiple sports and have a balance in relation to family life, education and competition.  I have a passion for player’s development and competition through team sports.

Amy Dahl

Assistant Coach Major Atom

Amy has been passionate about playing and coaching basketball for most of her life.  She is a teacher at Bluevale Collegiate in Waterloo and has coached the junior girls basketball team there for the past ten years, winning two WCCSSA championships during that time.  She is proud to be a director and coach at Naismith Basketball Camp in Muskoka, which her family has operated for 29 years.  She is a certified level one coach.  Amy believes that the sport of basketball has the ability to bring people together and can provide the tools to help them reach their potential.  In her role as a coach she enjoys helping young players develop their athletic abilities, teamwork skills, confidence and relationships, and she is looking forward to being involved in basketball for many years to come.

Midget Girls (2003)

Coaching Staff:  Brian Henry, Tolly Henderson

Brian Henry

Head Coach Midget Girls

Brian Henry has over 35 years of experience coaching both girls and boys in various sports.  The majority of his coaching has been with girls basketball at the high school and club level.  He has had success coaching both high school and club basketball with his teams reaching numerous finals and winning OFSSA and OBA medals along the way.  He along with Roy Dahl and Al Haehn formed the KW Lightning in the early 1990’s to advance girls basketball in the area.

Tolly Henderson

Assistant Coach Midget Girls

Tolly Henderson has been playing or coaching basketball at a competitive level for the past 30 years.  He has coached both boys and girls at private schools overseas and at the high school level locally.  He has had many former players go on to play post-secondary sports.


Coaching Staff: Jay Johnston, Alyssa Sinko

Jay Johnston

Head Coach U-19

Coach Johnston is entering his 3rd 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.

Alyssa Sinko

Assistant Coach U-19

Coach Alyssa is a level one certified coach. With a passion for teaching important lessons that can translate on and off the court, she is focused on creating an upbeat atmosphere with constant communication. Being Wildhawks alumni (13 years as a player), having the honour to join the club again and be part of the TEAL MAGIC is a dream realized. She brings a fresh viewpoint of the game and with a handful of years coaching other Rep Clubs in Ontario, she has great enthusiasm to learn as much as possible every time she is on the court. Go Hawks!