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A Hoops Journey
64 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 80 - Theresa Hanson
We have another Hanson on the podcast, and arguably the "best one" - the current Senior Director of Athletics & Recreation at Simon Fraser University, and former Athletic Director at UBC and Langara College: Theresa Hanson. The proud Trail native and former Lewis-Clark State Warrior recaps a long and successful playing and post-playing career and chats about the benefits of being in a small town, moving away from home for the first time, what it takes to be a powerful, confident woman in the sports world, and so much more. A little Mamma Mia and Grey's anatomy, fun Hanson household parties, a lack of 3 point line while getting buckets, reminiscing about the good ol' Langara days with Mitch, and more!
66 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Episode 79 - John Mills
We have proud Vancouver Irish alumnus and former UBC Thunderbird John Mills. A long decorated basketball career both as a player and off the court as part of Canada Basketball and various boards in president, executive director and co-chair positions, we sit down with the former teacher to chat about his past. We chat all things Vancouver College, UBC, Canada Basketball and how to fix Canada Basketball as an institution. A fantastic episode featuring Hawkins' Cheezies, Gordon Thorogood, and so much more! Article on Bill Russell by Howard Tsumura: "It’s no fable! In 1952, before his 11 NBA championship rings, a 17-year-old Bill Russell toured B.C. high schools and discovered his hoops identity!"
77 minutes | Dec 25, 2021
Episode 78 - Kyle Russell
We welcome you back from a brief break with some absolute heat: former Richmond Colt and 2003 Mike Moser Award Winner (Most Outstanding Player in the CIS) Kyle Russell. A small list of his accolades: Canada West Player of the Year, Canada West First-Team All-Star, First Team All-Canadian; an outstanding resumé. Talk about A Hoops Journey - we sit down with the former Thunderbird, Dino, Lumberjack, Snowbadger, Torero - you name it! A wild journey that has roots in the Lower Mainland with some familiar names such as Bill Disbrow and Jonny Lee, we chat with Kyle about his life, how he fell in love with the sport, and so much more! Plus, a tough first minute for accountants, Cory Russell, Frank Ocean and Whoppers!
85 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Episode 77 - Brendan Graves
We have former Santa Clara Bronco and Junior/Senior National Team Player Brendan Graves joining us for Episode 77 of A Hoops Journey. He was a member of the 1994-95 and 1995-96 Santa Clara teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds, respectively. His team advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament with a 20-9 record in 1995-96. He graduated Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering and received the WCC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 1996. The former Lambrick Park Lion and Vancouver Island Native recaps a storied high school, university, national team and professional career with insight on Vancouver Island basketball in the 80s and 90s, Ed Somers, the recruiting process in the 90s, playing with two great point guards in Jason Kidd and Steve Nash, his time overseas and much more!
46 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Episode 76 - Mike Katz
We have former Humber College and Toronto Blues Men's Basketball Head Coach Mike Katz joining us for Episode 76! Prior to joining the Varsity Blues, Katz led the Humber College men's basketball team for 19 seasons (503-175 overall record). During that time, he led the Hawks to the Final Four every year, winning seven provincial championships and five national titles while also producing seven All-Canadian players. Katz is also a four-time OCAA coach of the year and a three-time CCAA coach of the year award winner and was inducted into the Humber Varsity "Hall of Fame" in 2004. We talk about his journey into the game of basketball, how he got his start in coaching, and his time learning about the game. We also touch on his Olympic journey being an assistant alongside Ken Shields and Jerry Hemmings, and more!
86 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Episode 75 - Sefu Bernard
Episode 75 of A Hoops Journey features current Washington Mystics Director of Player Development: Sefu Bernard. Another wild hoops journey, he sits down with us from the Caymans to talk about his story. The Toronto native talks about his upbringing as an inner city kid, his time playing as Windsor Lancer, his internship in Detroit and how a couple VHS tapes started his path to the WNBA. Prince, Bad Boys Pistons, the rise of Jama Mahlalela and much more on this amazing episode!
68 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode 74 - Alex Devlin
We welcome another Canada Basketball legend - former Burnaby Central Wildcats player and SFU Men's Basketball great Alex Devlin joins us for Episode 74 of A Hoops Journey. The former All-American and NAIA all-star played for Team Canada for four years, helping Canada finish 4th in 1976, and later coached at SFU. We get into the legend of Billy Robinson, Bill Disbrow, shooting mechanics and a lot more stories from this BC and Canada Basketball Hall of Fame inductee!
6 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
BONUS - Bruce Enns continued with Perrie Scarlett and Gerald Cole
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! With Perrie Scarlett and Gerald Cole's answers on Coach Bruce Enns accidentally missing from his episode, we thought it was right to release their answers as a bonus episode!
139 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Episode 73 - Roy Rana
We welcome former Ryerson University Men's Head Coach and current Sacramento Kings Coach Roy Rana for Episode 73! We sit down with the Toronto native and former Canadian Senior National Team coach to chat about his time at CW Jeffries and Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, the transition from high school to U Sport, the transition from U Sport to the NBA, his time with the National Team and the German National team, and a lot more! James Brown, the rise of Canadian coaches in the NBA, missing hairlines, we got a great episode for you today!
76 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 72 - Greg DeVries
For Episode 72, we welcome two-time First Team All-Canadian, 1995 CIAU championship MVP and a member of the first two University of Alberta Golden Bears CIAU Championships: Greg DeVries. The Nelson-native sits down with us to chat all things basketball, and the renowned sharpshooter goes through his background starting off in Nelson, and his path to the University of Alberta, where he helped lead the Golden Bears to their first two CIAU championships. We touch on Aaron's first time meeting Greg, Derek Welsh, Don Horwood, Greg's scoring prowess, getting a B in basketball class, and so much more!
97 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 71 - Bruce Enns
We have another Canadian Basketball coaching legend - former longtime UBC Head Coach Bruce Enns joins us for Episode 71 of A Hoops Journey. We touch on his early beginnings starting in Chilliwack, to Manitoba, his time as the face of UBC Basketball and life thereafter. A different flavour of the podcast, we have recurring guest Dominic Zimmermann and Ross Tomlinson helping out as narrators, as well as a roundtable of former players/managers and coaches - big shoutout to John Mills, Stan Wong, Eric Butler, Gerald Cole, Kevin Hanson, Brady Ibbetson, Kevin Keeler, Sean Mitchell and Perrie Scarlett - a call filled with Bruce Enns stories and anecdotes. A great episode about a great man, and a must-listen!
37 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - Freestylin with Mitch and Corbs
A bonus episode today as we work on a different style of episode coming up. The GOAT debate, chips, favourite players - Mitch puts Corbs on the spot as we wait for a guest that never arrives. We will be back to regular programming next week. Happy Friday everyone!
57 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Episode 70 - Mickey Fox
Episode 70 with another legend: New York native and CAN-AM legend Mickey Fox joins A Hoops Journey to reflect on a storied career. The former St. Mary's Husky has quite the hoops journey from the Boroughs of New York, to the Maritimes and leaving his mark on Canadian Basketball. We chat with him about his upbringing, the jump from the US to Canada, twice getting drafted to the NBA, colouring skills and the legacy that the Maritimes has on Canada Basketball. This is a hilarious conversation with one of Canada's GOATS! Sounds: Storyblocks Produced by: Corbin Castres
74 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Episode 69 - Phil Jalalpoor
We have former Olds College Bronco, UBC T-Bird and current Iranian National Team player and professional in Europe: Phil Jalalpoor. Born and raised in Germany, Phil has quite the hoops journey spanning multiple continents and experiences. He sits down with us for Episode 69 (nice) to discuss this expansive journey. From JUCO to USport to guarding Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant in the Olympics, this is an incredible story of a gritty individual with a not-so-typical pathway. A great episode for all hoopers, but especially to young aspiring hoopers, this is an episode you don't want to miss!
76 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Episode 68 - Ken Dockendorf
We have long-time BC Basketball and Maple Ridge Ramblers Head Coach Ken Dockendorf joining us for Episode 68 of A Hoops Journey. With over 50 years of coaching, he sits down with us to chat all things about his life - his upbringing, how he got his start into coaching, his transition over to Maple Ridge and building the Maple Ridge Ramblers program in the 80s and 90s. Beach Boys, buzzer beaters, long-twos - we got it all here for you today in this special episode with one of the OGs of BC Basketball!
73 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Episode 67 - Olga Hrycak
We have a great guest for Episode 67 - Olga Hrycak. A pioneer for female coaches throughout her career, Hrycak made North American basketball history in 2003 when she was hired as the inaugural bench boss of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Citadins, becoming the first woman to coach a men’s team at the university level in Canada or the United States. Olga is the former Dawson College Blues Men's Head Coach, where she made Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) history, with nine championships in 15 years. She was also named Quebec college Coach of the Year six times and CCAA Coach of the Year twice. A Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee, she sits down with us to talk to us about her early days, Jack Donahue, and her incredible journey through a male-dominated sport. Do NOT skip this episode on this Canadian coaching legend!
61 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Episode 66 - Marc Trasolini
For Episode 66, we have another Vancouver big man: former Vancouver College Irish and Santa Clara Bronco Marc Trasolini joins the show! Marc is currently playing pro in Japan, the same league as previous guests Robert Sacre and Scott Morrison (Argyle). Marc chats about his athletic upbringing, VC vs STM, the recruiting process and choosing Santa Clara, the transition to playing basketball professionally in Italy and France, and so much more! A Paul George what-if, Kawhi, Tupac and Biggie and a great quote - all of these will be touched on this fantastic episode!
68 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Episode 65 - Jacob Thom
Episode 65 of A Hoops Journey features two-time CCAA All-Canadian and Basketball BC most Outstanding College Player of the Year, Jacob Thom. A member of the Kitkatla band and raised in Prince Rupert, he sits down with us to chat about his experience growing up in Prince Rupert, the level of basketball in northern BC and how he worked his way to VIU (then Malaspina College) to have a decorated PACWEST career. We chat about Mel Bishop, being an Indigenous basketball player, the All-Native Tournament, and a frank conversation about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and the recent revelations of the horrid Residential School system. A unique story with tons of takeaways, Episode 65 is a treat!
60 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Episode 64 - Teresa Gabriele
We have a special guest with us today - former Olympian and Heritage Park great Teresa Gabriele (Kleindienst) joins us for Episode 64 of A Hoops Journey. An SFU Hall of Fame inductee, she was a two-time CIS All-Canadian, NAIA All-American and NAIA 1st-Team All-Star and Tournament MVP, she was a member of the Canadian National team from 1998 to 2012 and had a short stint as a pro overseas. She sits down with us to outline her career starting at Heritage Park, her relationships with Allison and Mike McNeill, choosing SFU over American schools, her Olympic experiences and much, much more! Another legend of the Canadian Women's Team, her story is a great one and a must listen!
114 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Episode 63 - Howard Tsumura
Current Varsity Letters founder and writer Howard Tsumura joins us for Episode 63 to outline a storied career. Howard is a former writer for The Province, beat writer for the late Vancouver Grizzlies, and a multi-sport writer for all of BC High School Sports, and frequent play-by-play broadcaster for high school and university sports. he talks about how he got into the journalism industry, dealing with adversity at a young age, how he found his voice in his writing, his foray into the NBA, the magic of high school sports and kids' stories, and so much more. One of THE best to ever do it in our province - this is a great episode for all!
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