“Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody” (Kareem Abdul Jabbar).
Basketball is one of the best world-class sports with a large number of fans all over the world. Canadian Basketball has been on an upward trend over the last decade. Thanks to the NBA growing the sport in Canada and players like former Toronto Raptor Vince Carter and Canada’s two time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash, the sport of basketball is thriving in Canada.
The Basketball Academy at Carihi is designed to be intense and challenge participants to develop in all aspects of the sport of basketball as well as to develop each individual’s personal capacity to be a positive member of society. Basketball is only one aspect of a player’s life and all our players are encouraged to put in an equal effort in all areas to achieve ultimate success now and in the future. We are heavily involved in our player's lives and want them to succeed in whatever path they choose.
The Basketball Academy at Carihi has the most comprehensive approach to youth basketball skill development. Our academy focuses on individual fundamentals and is committed to creating and implementing a plan for each athlete to help them achieve their optimal potential on the court. Reading and reacting to the play will be another focus for the athletes as they learn about the tactical side of the game.
The Basketball Academy’s goal is to maximize athlete potential and give them the best opportunity to advance their athletic career. This is achieved through 120 hours of on court fundamental skills training by experienced university and pro-level players and coaches.
Our Basketball Academy is led by Teacher and Head Coach Ray Wilson. Staff will also include Shawnee Harle, Donnie Fitzpatrick and Eric Hinrichsen.
Ray Wilson: Born in Campbell River, British Columbia. Graduated from Carihi Secondary School in 1993. Played on the AA Provincial Champions the same year. Played 4 years at Malaspina University College (Vancouver Island University) who were ranked #1 in the country numerous times.
Shawnee Harle: Former Head Coach of the University of Calgary for 18 years. Shawnee Harle was also on the coaching staff that led Canada’s national basketball team to an undefeated 5-0 record and a Pan American Games gold medal. This success was followed by Team Canada winning the 2015 FIBA Americas Women’s Championship in August 2015, qualifying the team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Donnie Fitzpatrick: Former University of Victoria player and National Champion in 1997. Donnie currently teaches at Carihi Secondary School and has been a guest coach on numerous occasions.
Eric Hinrichsen: Was born in Campbell River, British Columbia. He played for the Canadian national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He led his high school team, the Carihi Tyees, to an 'AA' Provincial Championship in 1993. In his senior year, he was named the Most Valuable Player at the 1994 'AAA' Provincial Championships, despite his team's fourth place finish at the tournament. Eric also played for the University of Victoria where they won their national championship in 1997. Eric also played professional basketball in Europe.