Evan Lloyd - Head Coach
GPRC Wolves Athletics welcomes Evan Lloyd as the Interim Head Coach for the Wolves Men’s Basketball Program for the 2017-18 Season. Lloyd begins his official duties July 1, 2017.
Current coach, Thomas Slifka, recently announced he was taking a year off from coaching for personal reasons.
Lloyd coached in the high school system for eight years, coached with the Wolves Basketball Club program for four years and has been the lead assistant coach with the Wolves Men’s Basketball team for the past three years. During his time with the Wolves Men’s Basketball Program, he has improved his skills, taken on increasing responsibilities, and become a valued asset to the program. As lead assistant coach he is responsible for video review, scouting reports, recruiting and leading practice sessions.
Lloyd is currently working on the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and will complete Level 2 certification this year. Coach Lloyd is enroled in the Bachelor of Education program at GPRC.
“This is something I have been working towards for a number of years. Having spent time with the team has given me insight into what it takes to be a head coach,” said Lloyd. “We have a strong program and a group of players who are dedicated and committed to success. I am anxious to get to work.”
The announcement of Lloyd as Interim Head Coach means the growth and development of the Wolves Men’s Basketball program will continue uninterrupted. The team will have consistent goals and objectives for the team in the coming year.
“We are very happy with Coach Lloyd moving into the Interim Head Coach role for the upcoming season. Evan has worked hard to improve himself and he put himself in a position to take the team on and continue its growth,” said Athletic Director, Francois Fournier.
Thomas was the Head Coach of the Wolves Men's Basketball program for the past two seasons. Before Joining the Wolves, Thomas had worked with the MacEwan University Griffins Men’s Basketball Program and the University of Alberta Pandas Basketball Programs since 2012. Prior to that he worked with Kent State University in their basketball program. He was the Lead Assistant with the Men’s Basketball program then took on the Head Coach position of the Women’s Basketball Program.
Along with Thomas' coaching accolades, he has also played basketball with the University of Akron – Wayne and played tennis with the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley.
Thomas currently teaches a variety of courses in the Kinesiology program at GPRC.
Wolves Alumni Troy Sandboe is in his first year as an Assistant Coach with the GPRC Wolves Men’s basketball program. Troy brings 23 years of experience from Grande Prairie Composite, where he is also the Head Coach of the Senior Boys team. Troy brings a wealth of experience, character, and enthusiasm to the staff.
Head Coach Thomas Slifka comments that “Troy is someone who I knew we needed to have be a part of our College program after watching him work with our U-17s this summer. Through his work with our Wolves Basketball Club, as well as his work at GP Comp and in the community, Troy has made each program and people around him better. We are incredibly excited to have Troy working with us.”
Pierce Anderson will be joining the Wolves Men’s Basketball Coaching staff for the 3rd season. A former CIS player with the University of Victoria, Pierce brings post-player experience and knowledge that is unrivaled in Western Alberta. Pierce will be largely involved in post player development, and will continue to be a huge asset to GPRC Men’s Basketball.
Head Coach Thomas Slifka comments that “Pierce has the basketball understanding that is needed for athletes to perform at an elite level. A high level performer himself, Pierce provides a great resource for our post players to pull from. We are happy Pierce is with us for his 3rd season. “
Mental Skills Coach
Matt Bain will be entering his second season with the Wolves Men’s Basketball Program. Matt has helped shape the culture, and direction of the program with his work and efforts in developing the knowledge and awareness of the athletes and coaching staff of the program. Matt is currently a certified Mental Performance Consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) and a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Matt is currently doing his PhD in Sport Psychology with the University of Queensland with a focus on motivation, high performance sport, and coaching efficacy. As well, he is a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with the Coaches of Canada and a fully certified NCCP Level III coach. Matt also holds a position as an instructor with the Grande Prairie Regional College PEAK department and works with clients through the Alberta Sport Development Center Northwest in Grande Prairie.
Head Coach Thomas Slifka comments that “Matt’s impact to our team has been integral. I’ve had the privilege of working with Matt in different capacities over the last few years and his ability to positively alter the lives of those he works with is profound. Our team is fortunate to have Matt working with us.”