clint-lomaxClint Lomax is a former NCAA athlete at Western Oregon University where he was Defensive Player of the year in 1992. Clint also played his high school ball at one of Washington states’ top programs; Garfield High where he was the Metro League MVP and first team All-State in 1989.

After high school Clint attended Chemeketa CC in Salem Oregon where his team posted a 33-0 season and won the NWAAC, he was again defensive player of the year in 1992. Clint played 10 years of semi pro basketball in Seattle and was also an assistant coach at Douglas College in 2008 when they won their first National Championship.

wayne-bestWayne is a former NAIA athlete at SFU and one of the lower mainlands top high school coaches. Wayne is currently head coach at Byrne Creek and his teams are known for their aggressive style of play.

Wayne is a Centennial Secondary grad where he played under current U19 Women’s National Team coach Rich Chambers and was selected to the BC U17 provincial team in 1985.

He began his post secondary college career at Douglas College where his team won the BCAA title and placed third at the National Championships in 1989. Wayne continued his playing career at Simon Fraser University and was fortunate to play under former National team and Toronto Raptor coach Jay Triano. Wayne is a Level 3 NCCP coach.

Christian has enjoyed playing, coaching and officiating a variety of sports throughout his life. Soccer, baseball and basketball are just a few of the sports he has participated in. He joined Balloholics as an assistant coach in 2012 and is happy to be helping out in his community at Glenbrook Middle School a short walk from his home.

Chris has two young boys in the New Westminster school system and by day  he is the Senior Manager, Professional Practice with the BC Human Resources Management Association. HRMA is an organization established to help human resource professionals do their jobs effectively and raise awareness around the importance of the profession.

Jeff Kumar joins the Balloholics as head of our Strength and Conditioning programs. We’re happy to have him aboard. We are at the point where our top athletes now need to add strength and agility to their training. We’re excited to start this new class and it will only help the performance of our boys in high school basketball and next spring with our summer teams. This class will appeal to boys in all sports as it will give them a better understanding of how to train on their own.

Jeff completed a Bachelor of Physical Education, specializing in Sports Performance and Behaviour, from the University of Alberta.  He also completed a Kinesiology Diploma from Langara College.  Jeff has several years of experience working with professional, elite and varsity athletes.

He served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the FC Edmonton soccer club of the North American Soccer League, assisted with Training Camp fitness testing for the National Hockey Leagues’ Edmonton Oilers and is currently working as a Medical Staff Assistant Intern with the Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer.

Jeff ran numerous research studies for the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas varsity teams.  Jeff has also volunteered as a coach at the community level and a secondary school in multiple sports, including basketball and soccer.  He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a practicing member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiology.

joanne-heslopJoanne coaches in our JumpStart program and assists in our girls programs. She brings her enthusiasm to the gym and encourages fun and skill development with all players.  Her basketball experience comes from playing in the Okanagan during her school days. Joanne recently completed the NCCP Learn to Train coaching clinic with Basketball Canada.

Joanne has two young daughters who play basketball and enjoys every opportunity in the back alley to assist in their player development while honing her own skills as a coach.

In her professional life, Joanne is Manager of the Student Transitions Project, a collaborative research project that tracks students from B.C.’s K-12 education system into post-secondary education.

derek-yuDerek joined our program in 2007 Grade 6 in our second year of operation. He’s been here ever since as a student and now helping assist in classes at all levels of our program. Derek’s whole family is involved in our program. His younger brother Calvin who started in Grade 4 at Kitchener is still playing in our program and now in Grade 9 coming off playing on our first U14 summer team.

Derek’s Mom Caren and Father Alex have been a great support to the program over the years and great friends. Caren helped organize our Christmas party last year and it was the best ever. Derek attended and played basketball at Burnaby Central on the senior team. He is now attending Cariboo Secondary in the apprenticeship program for carpentry. After graduation he plans to continue on to BCIT to get certification and become a journeyman carpenter. Derek has also been coaching at Burnaby Central with the Grade 8 team the past couple seasons.

sara-hotomanieSara has played basketball for 12 years. The highlight for her was playing for the Douglas College Women’s Basketball team. She first started coaching girls basketball when she was 18, and joined the Balloholics  in the fall 2012.

Playing basketball is a passion of hers and she hope to share this passion with the children that she coaches.

bryan-aquinoBryan is in his second year as a coach in our program. He completed his field work with us in our U13 program from Douglas College where he is a student in the Bachelor of Science coaching program in 2010.

We were eager to have him join us in our JumpStart program. He is a great student and brings a very professional attitude to our program and  we are happy to have him join us.