Since 2016, Maria was assistant coach of the U11 team after nine seasons as part of the Out West community. Maria has been involved with basketball as a player, referee and coach for eleven years.
Maria became involved in coaching in honour of all the coaches who had an impact on her basketball career and her life. Her philosophy is to teach the foundations of the sport in a fun, encouraging and supportive environment to encourage empowerment and confidence in young women.
Sophia is a recent graduate of the Out West basketball program after 5 seasons. In 2017, she was an assistant coach with the U13 team. Previously, she was an assistant coach with the St. Jean Brebeuf Junior High Senior Girls. She currently assists with the Northwest Bantam Girls 1 community team and the St. Jean Brebeuf Junior High Senior Girls.
Sophia believes in teaching the fundamentals of the game that will last for the remainder of their basketball careers, in a fun and positive atmosphere. She strives to promote the philosophy of the Out West basketball program, building confidence and self-esteem.
Victoria has been coaching with Out West since 2017 and is a former graduate of the program. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary and has recently become certified in Learn to Train from the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Victoria believes basketball provides players with the opportunity to develop life skills, such as resiliency and collaboration, in a supportive and engaging environment. She aspires to create a fun, competitive atmosphere where players push their boundaries in order to reach their full potential on and off the court.
Grace played for Out West for six seasons, coached the U13 team in 2018 and played for Trinity Western for two years, where she is now a student apprentice coach. She is studying for her degree in HumanKinetics at Trinity.
Grace coaches alongside her sister Victoria, sharing a common philosophy in the power of basketball to change the lives of young women. She believes in investing time in athletes to provide support off the court and to push them to become better every time they step on it.
Lee has been part of the Out West family since 2013 and has also coached at varying levels of community basketball from LTP to Juvenile teams for over 20 years. He has completed NCCP level 1 and 2 practical and theory training.
Lee assisted Shawnee Harle, a notable Canadian coach, at her Holidays Skills and summer Awesome Hoops Basketball Camps. Since 2012, Lee focused on teaching and developing younger female athletes ages 7 to 15. His goals are to help develop solid fundamentals, along with confidence and a true passion for basketball.
Katie has experience coaching at club and university level. She was assistant coach for the St. Mary’s University Girls basketball team from 2014-present, helping to rebuild from a non-playoff team to ACAC champions.
Katie believes in teamwork as the core of sporting success, creating an environment in which players can both grow in skill, as well as strengthen their communication with others. She aims to instil a lifelong love for basketball and physical fitness.
Maria has coached at Out West and junior high level since 2014. While her main focus is on players aged 14-17, she also has a great deal of experience coaching players as young as nine years old in community basketball in Calgary.
Maria’s experience as a player has taught her that although winning is a big part of the sport it can’t be the sole aim for a young team. She believes that players learn more from the games they lose, as they build character in these moments of adversity and strive to work harder.