U10 (2012/2013)

Coaching Staff: Tom Kieswetter, Amanda Finch – Head Coaches

Team manager: Tamara Grant

email – tamaramgrantgroup@gmail.com

Tom is currently retired, but was the head coach of the University of Waterloo Men’s Basketball team for 20 years. Tom was a member of the 1968-74 Warrior basketball teams during which time he was a captain and two-time OUA all-star. He was also a member of Canada’s National Basketball team which competed in the pre-Olympic tournament in Germany in 1972. Prior to coaching full-time, Tom was a high school teacher and Coach in KW. Tom is coming out of retirement to coach his granddaughter!

Amanda (Kieswetter) Finch is a lawyer at Manulife. She played basketball for the KW Girls Lightning organization throughout her childhood and coached at numerous camps. Amanda was a member of the 2000-2004 University of Waterloo Women’s basketball team during which time she was a captain and named to the OUA West All-Rookie team. Over the past few years, Amanda has loved being involved with the KWGBA- coaching her daughter’s Jr. NBA and U10 teams.

U11 (2011)

Coaching Staff: Aaron Tomlin, Mariko Yoshy – Head Coaches

Team manager: Tamara Grant

email – tamaramgrantgroup@gmail.com

Aaron has been working as a teacher for the past 10 years. Aaron is currently teaching at Jacob Hespeler S.S. and is the school’s senior boys basketball coach. In the past, Aaron has been the head coach at Huron Heights S.S.(senior boys), Waterloo C.I. (junior girls) and St. David’s C.S.S. (senior boys). Aaron has also been coaching club basketball for the past 18 years with the Waterloo Wildhawks. He has been fortunate enough to travel all across North America with the Waterloo Wildhawks U19 team, winning tournaments in Indiana, Pittsburgh, Washington, and New York state, while also capturing an OBA Division One silver medal. Through his Wildhawk experience, Aaron has also privately trained all levels of players – from beginners, to players who are currently playing professionally.

Mariko has been coaching basketball and teaching Grade 8 Math and Physical Education for the Waterloo District School Board for the past 15 years. Mariko has been involved as a player and coach with the Waterloo Wildhawk Basketball organization for 25 years. Throughout her youth, Mariko played for the Waterloo Wildhawks, MDP and JDP regional programs.  Over the years, Mariko has been the head coach and won several Division A basketball championships within the board, was the assistant coach of the U15 and U10 KWGBA club teams and has been involved with the Wildhawk house league program for several years. She is currently coaching and training the U11 KWGBA club team.

U12 (2010)

Coaching Staff: Brianne Pedersen, Tierney Boucher – Head Coaches; Andrew Grant – Assistant Coach

Team manager: Tamara Grant

email – tamaramgrantgroup@gmail.com

Brianne has been teaching and coaching in the Waterloo Region since 2006.  She has coached both Junior and Senior girls basketball at Jacob Hespeler S.S for the past 15 years.  In 2005-2006 she was an assistant coach for the Women’s Basketball team at Western University.  Brianne played CIS basketball at Laurentian University from 2000-2005.  Before this, Brianne played basketball at Grand River Collegiate and 7 years of Rep basketball for the K-W Lightning.  Brianne did and still continues to have a huge passion for basketball. Recently, she has been part of the Jr NBA development program and has coached the U10 and U11 Rep teams within KWGBA.

Tierney has been teaching and coaching in Waterloo region in the high school system since 2008.   She was a head coach and assistant coach of Senior Girls and Boys basketball teams at both SJAM and BCI, as well as the Junior Girls team at BCI.  She previously was an assistant coach of Ottawa University’s Varsity Women’s team  and the head coach of the Ontario Indigenous Girls Team that participated in Duncan B.C. at Indigenous Games in 2008.  She has been part of the Jr. NBA development program and has coached the U10 and U11 Rep teams within KWGBA. Tierney grew up loving the sport of basketball, competed at many different levels, and was part of many championship teams. She played and was team captain for the Huntsville Hoyas, Huntsville Hurricanes, Toronto Weston OBA team, Ontario Provincial Team 3X, Canada’s Junior National team and at Laurentian University for five years.

Andrew has been teaching elementary aged students for just over 15 years, mostly at the grade 6 level. He currently teaches at Sandowne PS, and has run ‘travel’ basketball teams at this level for numerous years. Andrew played high school basketball at KCI, and continues to play in the KW Men’s League. He has coached rep basketball previously with the Wildhawks (u14 boys) and the former KW Lightning (u13-u16 girls).

U14 (2008/2009)

Coaching Staff: Steve Arthur – Head Coach; Don Wales – Assistant Coach

email –  teamarthur@icloud.com

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.

U15 GIRLS (2007)

Coaching Staff: Renee McKenzie – Head Coach

email – hers.mckenzie@gmail.com

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!

U16 GIRLS (2006)

Coaching Staff: Chris Dissanayake – Head Coach; Ian McLean – Assistant Coach

email – kwgirlsbball@gmail.com

Coach Chris is a Family Physician who has practiced in Cambridge for the past 23 years.  He has coached various Rep Girls and Boys basketball teams for the KW Lightning and Cambridge Centaurs since 2001.  His goals are to make basketball fun for all his athletes while teaching them high level skills and having them understand sportsmanship and the social aspect of being on a Rep team.  He is really excited to coach the U16 KWGBA Wildhawks this year.

Ian has led the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce as CEO since 2010. He is an active community volunteer with many  organizations. He helped to found KWGBA and has been on the Executive leading fundraising efforts and also been an assistant coach/team manager right from the start. He is excited to see the girls back on the court and looks forward to see them grow both as players and individuals.

U19 GIRLS (2003–2005)

Coaching Staff: Scott Robertson – Head Coach; Sarah Dillon and Courtney Bruce – Assistant Coaches

email – scottkrobertson90@gmail.com

Scott grew up in Waterloo, playing for BCI and the Waterloo Wildhawks. After finishing his playing career, he attended Brock University where he earned a Master’s Degree focusing on Phys Ed. Scott is a teacher with the WRDSB, currently teaching at Forest Heights C.I. He has taught at a number of schools around the region where he coached as well; SJAM (Sr Boys), JHSS (Jr Boys), BCI (Jr Girls, Jr Boys, Sr Boys). He has spent the past few years coaching the U19 Wildhawks team,  winning tournaments in Indiana, Pittsburgh and Washington, and also winning a silver medal at the OBAs in Division One. Scott spends several weeks of his summer coaching with Mano Watsa at PGC.

Sarah played JUEL in her grade 12 year, and got an athletic and academic scholarship to Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013. She was a knock-down shooter and playmaker during her time on the court. She was the convenor for the Youth Basketball League from 2014-2018 run out of St David’s in Waterloo;  she has been the assistant coach for the KW Vipers girls team with head coach Jody Brown, and an assistant coach for the Niagara Girls Basketball Association (NGBA) JUEL team from 2018-2020. She has also done individual training with both women and men throughout her  career.

Courtney  graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016 with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies and completed her Master’s of Education this past spring. She was a five-year student athlete and captain of the Women’s Basketball team. Courtney is currently the Coordinator of Athlete Services within the Department of Athletics & Recreation at Laurier.  Courtney has been involved in basketball as a player and a coach for over 20 years.