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RICHARD NURSE- Program Director

Coach Nurse has been coaching for over 25 years at the Club Level with Hamilton Transway. He has coached at all age groups from U10 to U19. For the last 10 years he has run and managed one of the top premier girls AAU development and recruiting organizations in Ontario,  Canada Drive Basketball Development., currently named Kia Nurse Elite.   He has won 14 Ontario Basketball Gold medals and has been instrumental in the development of CIS,  NCAA and Provincial basketball players  Coach Nurse also serves as the Program Director for Kia Nurse Elite.


Before joining Canada Basketball, Baur spent six seasons as the Head Coach of Acadia University's men's program and helped guide them to four appearances at the CIS Men's Basketball Final 8 Championship.  During his time with the Axemen, Baur also led the team to an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) championship in 2012 and was named AUS Coach of the Year the following season.


Prior to his head coaching role with Acadia, Baur served as an Assistant Coach with the team for the previous four seasons.  Baur began his university coaching career as an Assistant Coach with Brandon University, where he spent one season each with the men's and women's programs.


A native of Sackville, Nova Scotia, Baur also spent five season as a head coach, assistant coach and mentor with Basketball Nova Scotia. Baur is a graduate of advanced coaching diploma (Toronto) and is in training for Canada Basketball’s training to win certification.


Currently the Performance Analyst for Canadian Women’s Olympic National Team.  Leads performance analysis and research development for Women’s National Team Program.  Also work with both U19 and U17 Women’s National Teams.  Have coached at various levels throughout Ontario (high school, club, CPs, TAS, provincial teams). 



Nate McKibbon is the current Head Coach, Women's Basketball at Western University, and an Assistant Coach with the Cadette (U16/U17) Women's National Team. In McKibbon's first year at Western the team improved to a 19-3 record in OUA league play after finishing 5-19 the year prior.  This is McKibbon's 6th year as a Head Coach and 12th overall at the USPORTS level.

Prior to becoming a USPORTS Head Coach, McKibbon spent 18 years as a club and high school coach primarily in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. During that time McKibbon helped prepare 20+ athletes that eventually went on the represent Canada on the international level and 50+ athletes that played post-secondary basketball in Canada and the US.

McKibbon has also represented Canada as a coach with National Team's for 6 years including time with the Cadette, Junior and Development Teams.  Currently he is in his 3rd year as an Assistant Coach with the Cadette National Team.


Andrew Baillie is in his 17th year of coaching basketball in the Hamilton area. He is in his 6th year as an assistant with the McMaster Women’s program, and was a part of the 2019 USPORT National Championship team.  Prior to that he spent 2 years on the Marauders Men’s staff. At the High School level he spent 2 years as the Head Coach of the Lincoln Prep Huskies Womens team which won back to back OSBA provincial championships in 2017 & 2018. He also coached both boys and girls teams at Ancaster High School for 12 years and is currently the Director of the RA Riddell Basketball Academy in the HWDSB where he is a Phys Ed teacher. Baillie is from Ancaster where he currently lives with his wife Laura and three children Leah, Graham and Rhys.


A Hamilton native, Drew Smillie has a diverse coaching background. Drew has served as the Transway JUEL head coach for a number of year. He has also served an assistant coach for Team Ontario U14 & U17 Girls programs in 2019 and 2020 respectively. He is also a long-standing Centre for Performance Hamilton Pod Region coach. Coach Smillie currently coaches as an assistant at Lincoln Prep Academy in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). During his 2 years with Lincoln Prep, he's helped the Huskies to win an OSBA championship in 2018. Currently, Coach Smillie works as a middle school teacher in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.


Hali’s post-secondary career as a student-athlete spanned two countries. She was recruited by Ashland University (NCAA Division II) out of high school. She finished her career at Sheridan College and is one of the most recognized women’s basketball players in OCAA history.

Hali put together an impressive resume as a student-athlete: CCAA National Silver medalist, 3x OCAA Champion, 2x CCAA All-Canadian, 3x OCAA 1st team all-star, 2x OCAA Championship MVP, 2x OCAA Women's Basketball Player of the Year, CCAA National Championship 1st team all-star, and OCAA league scoring champion.

Her transition to coaching came after graduating. Her background includes being Head Coach for Mohawk College (OCAA), Head Coach for Excel Hoops Prep (OSBA), Head Coach for Brampton Warriors (OBA), Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for University of Toronto Mississauga and Assistant Coach for Team Ontario.



Jody Brown has been coaching basketball for over 15 years.

He is in his 4th year as an assistant with the University of Wilfrid Laurier Men's program.

Provincially Jody coaches with Team Ontario U15 girls, CP and OSDP.

He also coaches both boys and girls with the KWYBA(Vipers) as well as St Marys High School(Kitchener).

Jody is from Kitchener where he lives with his 3 children Jody Jr, Tyshawn, and Leia.


Guelph City Griffins - 2001-2003
Sheridan College - 7 years (2005-2012)
2007 CCAA Coach of the Year
2007, 2009 OCAA Coach of the Year
University of Guelph Assisant Coach- 2001-2003, 2017-present
Milton Stags - (2010-2015)
Head of development for the Milton Stags from (2010-2015)
#bascoesystems training (2006-present)
Nike Bounce Head Coach (2015-2018)



Gina has a diverse coaching background and has been involved in coaching both girls and boys basketball for over 20 years.  Gina is from Seattle, Washington, prior to moving to Canada, Gina was the Head  Assistant Coach at Western Washington University for three seasons, as well as coaching both boys and girls AAU in Seattle. She has coached with Oakville Vytis for six years, being named Juel Prep Coach of the Year, and OBA U14 Provincial Coach of the Year as well as winning a Provincial championship.  She has been involved with Kia Nurse Elite for over 10 years.  

As a player, she played professionally in Townsville, Australia, being named Continental Basketball Association National Player of the Year and Eastern Conference MVP.   In University, she was First-team NCAA Division II and Kodak College Division All-American, Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, setting18 school records.  


17 Years coaching at Cegep St-Jean 
Technical Director of the Riverains Basketball Program since 2008
Won 4 provincial championships with the Cegep team

10 times coach of the year in the South West division