By Mike Keenan
Charles Kissi enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Brock men’s basketball program. He became the seventh head coach in the program’s history in the summer of 2013. Brock finished first in the Central Division last year, ahead of McMaster, Lakehead and Guelph. They beat Ottawa for the OUA Bronze Medal while Ryerson won last year’s championship game defeating Carleton. This year, the men open against Western on Oct. 25.
Kissi, a 35-year old native of Toronto, Ont., has had back-to-back OUA Rookies of the Year in his first two seasons and a CIS First Team All-Canadian this season. He continues to build one of the strongest programs in the country.
This past season, he led the Badgers to a 27-11 overall record, the fourth best single season record in school history. They were ranked in the CIS Top 10 the entire season. He was named the 2015-16 Brock Coach of the Year.
In the summer of 2015 he had the opportunity to be the Team Manager for the FISU Games Men’s Basketball team in South Korea.
In 2012-2013, Kissi served as an apprentice coach with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, being mentored by Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey. Kissi was the subject of a six-part documentary “Raptors Coaches Open House Protégé Program” that aired on NBA TV Canada and is currently posted on the Toronto Raptors YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6rgAiMIRc
Prior to working with the Toronto Raptors, Kissi served as the Head Coach of the Ryerson Ram’s women’s basketball program, highlighted by a berth into the OUA East Final Four in 2010-2011. He joined Ryerson in 2009-2010 as an assistant coach, working under St. Catharines native and former National Team assistant coach, Sandy Pothier.
A former player at McMaster University, he competed in two national championship tournaments with the Marauders. He was also the team’s 2003 recipient of the Liam Stevens Award, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of positive attitude, hard work and determination.
This season, only one Badger guard, 6’3″ Pat Pilato, represents his hometown of St. Catharines.
Ashley MacSporran enters her second season as the head coach of the Brock Women’s Basketball program.
Last year, the Badgers finished with an overall record of 14-14 and they were 9-10 in conference play.
MacSporran spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant with the OUA bronze medalist Windsor Lancers and learned from 5-time National Champion Coach Chantal Vallee. Before Windsor, she spent two years as an assistant at Guelph University.
Last season, only Bridget Atkinson from Welland represented Niagara and Melissa Tatti is from nearby Ancaster.
First chance to watch the ladies in action will be Oct. 25 (Wed) 6:00:00 PM in their OUA opener against Western.
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