Camosun welcomes new Chargers womenâ€™s basketball head coach
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April 24 , 2007
Camosun College welcomes Brett Westcott as the new head coach of the Chargers womenâ€™s basketball program.
Westcott served as the programâ€™s assistant coach last year, working under Chargers rookie head coach, Dawn Smyth, who took the team to record-breaking heights following a near winless former two seasons.
â€śWorking with Dawn and Gord [Thatcher] this past year has given me a great start in checking out the BCCAA league and teams,â€ť stated Wescott. â€śPeople are really excited about last yearâ€™s accomplishments. I hope to build upon that and help Camosun build a program that will help keep talented student-athletes here in Victoria.â€ť
Westcottâ€™s long-time coaching history and recruiting abilities will be key assets in maintaining the programâ€™s momentum and developing it further.
â€śBrett has over 20 years experience coaching and has played a significant role in the basketball community,â€ť remarked Graham Matthews, Coordinator of Recreation and Athletics at Camosun College. â€śOver the past 10 years, heâ€™s helped 20 girls from Mt. Douglas and over 80 girls from the South Vancouver Island Basketball Association club program advance to play at the post-secondary level.â€ť
Westcott is off to a great start, and to date, has already secured seven Lower Island AAA league all-stars from the Victoria region. Included are 5â€™11â€ť forward and two-year starter Teresa Hartrick (Claremont), 5â€™9â€ť forward and three-year starter Jessica Hickey (Oak Bay), 5â€™11â€ť forward and three-year starter Carmen Lapthorne (Mt. Doug), 5â€™8â€ť guard and one-year starter Kady Dandeneau (Stellyâ€™s), plus 5â€™11â€ť forward and two-year starter, Niki Hodgkinson (Oak Bay) and 5â€™9â€ť guard and two-year starter, Rachel Griffin -- both of whom spent one season red-shirting with the UVIC Vikes womenâ€™s team.
Vancouver Island AAA tournament all-star Tawni Roberts (Carihi) joins the list of local recruits. The 5â€™8â€™ left-handed guard and three-year starter will move to Victoria from her home in Campbell River to attend Camosun this Fall. Lower Island AA League All-Star Kymber Gale from Lambrick Park has committed to the program but will sit this season out to recover from ACL surgery. Gale will return to the court wearing the Chargers colors in 2008-09.
Westcott also has a number of returnees participating in this yearâ€™s program. Included are 5â€™7â€ť wing Kendall Allan (Lambrick Park), 5â€™6â€ť guard Kate Carlson (Spectrum), 5â€™9â€ť wing Kayla Morris (Spectrum), 5â€™8â€ť guard Drew Crout (Claremont), 5â€™10â€ť wing Julia Fisher (Cowichan Secondary), 5â€™10â€ť post Jill Proudfoot (Oak Bay) and 5â€™9â€ť post/wing Ashley MacKay (Claremont).
â€śI feel very fortunate and confident about the upcoming season,â€ť stated Westcott. â€śWe have a great group coming back and a great group coming in!â€ť
Camosun wishes all the best to former head coach Dawn Smyth who will soon begin her new position as head coach of the Red Deer College Queenâ€™s womenâ€™s basketball program.
In one short season, Smyth directed the Chargers program - which included only one veteran and only one win in the previous two years - to a fourth place finish at the British Columbia Collegeâ€™s Athletics Association Provincial Championship.
â€śIt was a great year for the womenâ€™s basketball program,â€ť reported Graham Matthews. â€śThe team won its first double-header games this past January, they finished the season with a win-loss record of 6-10, they placed 13th on the Canadian Collegesâ€™ national rankings and qualified for Provincials where they upset one of the top teams earning them a shot at the bronze medal!â€ť
â€śIt was incredibly rewarding seeing the players develop especially in light of the challenges we had. I loved having the opportunity to experience the successes that we did. It makes for a great story and a wonderful experience,â€ť said Smyth.
Smyth will face a very similar set of circumstances when she arrives in Red Deer. The Red Deer Queens finished last season with a 3-17 record and two of those wins came by default when Briercrest Bible College dropped out of the league at Christmas.
But Smyth is optimistic and looking forward to the challenge. â€śThe experience at Camosun has prepared me well! Itâ€™s a matter of getting into the community and bringing back interest in the program and the school.â€ť
Camosun College Recreation & Athletics
Last updated: April 25, 2007 11:58 am