Head Balloholic

Dave Poon Tip is a Level 3 NCCP basketball coach certified in Alberta’s pioneer Level 3 class in 1994 and    is a Learn to Train and Community Coach certified course conductor for new coaches in Canada Basketball NCCP program. He attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and was a varsity athlete and a Business major. He has been involved in basketball as a player, coach or referee for over 35 years. In 2014 Dave received his FIBA International coaching license and was one of only 68 coaches in Canada with this designation at the time. In 2016 he was invited to China to speak about the Balloholic youth program.

Dave had the opportunity to travel and play in many countries including France, Belgium, Israel and the USA during his playing days. He has also been a coach at the college level at both SAIT in Calgary  under the late Phil Allen who recorded the most wins in Canadian college history and George Brown College in Toronto where he assisted his college team mate Carl Subban ; father of PK , Malcolm and Jordan Subban. He has coached all age groups from 5 years to college and semi professional men’s basketball in the American Basketball Association. Dave was the driving force in the creation of the Balloholic youth program and the Vancouver Balloholics of the American Basketball Association.

Clint 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 championship. He was named defensive player of the year in 1990 and 1991. 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. Clint was inducted into the NWAAC Hall of Fame in 2011.

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.



Joanne coaches in our HeadStart program where she brings her enthusiasm to the gym by encouraging fun and skill development with all players. Her basketball experience comes from playing the game during her high school days. She has completed the NCCP Learn to Train coaching clinic with Basketball Canada. Joanne has two teenage daughters who play basketball and they usually help her out in the gym as assistant coaches.

In her professional life, Joanne is an education researcher with a keen interest in data visualization. She manages a collaborative project that tracks student success from high school into post-secondary education.


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.


Shatha D

Shatha arrived in Canada in 2001 and has been with the Balloholic program since 2013. She comes to our program highly qualified to coach. Shatha is a Bachelor of Science in Sports Education and a Master’s in Physical Education from University of Basrah in Iraq. She also has a background in gymnastics as both an athlete and coach. She is an NCCP coach L2T with First Aid and CPR training.

Shatha also has experience developing sports and training curriculum , aids and materials to instruct students and teams. She has been handling our classes at 12th Avenue Elementary for a few years now and is very reliable and we are happy to have her working with our students at 12th Ave.