GPRC Wolves Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Driven by his tremendous passion and commitment, Head Coach Dave Waknuk has been a key contributor to the recent success of the GPRC Wolves program.
Waknuk is entering his ninth year as a member of the GPRC Wolves program and his fifth as Head Coach at GPRC. After starting out as an Assistant Coach, Waknuk was named Head Coach halfway through the 2009/2010 season. In his first full season as Head Coach in 2010/2011, Dave had instant success, as he helped lead the Wolves to one of their best seasons in school history. The Wolves finished 21-3 and won the ACAC Championship, ending a sixteen year drought for GPRC by pulling off the biggest 4th quarter comeback in league history in the Championship final. The team advanced all the way to the CCAA Nationals semi-finals in Niagara, Ontario before eventually finishing sixth in the country.
At season’s end, Waknuk received a major accolade for his accomplishments, as he was named ACAC North Division Coach of the Year in March 2011.
Originally from the Spirit River area, Dave has been heavily involved in the development of basketball in the local community for many years. He is also a certified NCCP Learning Facilitator in several of the coaching streams, which help educate coaches via clinics and workshops. Dave is also a certified NCCP "Train To Compete" (Level 3) coach.
Waknuk has also been heavily involved with Basketball Alberta, as he was an Assistant Coach with the Team Alberta U15 Girls Midget Provincial Team in 2012 and most recently, as an Assistant Coach for the U17 team that competed at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. They also participated in the the Alberta/Korean Exchange program, where the team trained and competed throughout South Korea.
Dave’s strong commitment to the players and the program has been a major asset to the team, and a main reason for their success. His infectious enthusiasm and energy will be required as the team continues to develop into one of the top collegiate programs in the province.
GPRC Athletics motto is “Once A Wolf, Always A Wolf” and this directly applies to Associate Coach, Joel Mueller. Joel returned to the Wolves program last year, where he has had past success as both a player and a coach. Mueller was a standout for the team, when he played for the GPRC Wolves from 1992 – 1994. Joel was selected to the ACAC All-Conference Second Team in 1993/1994, before moving onto the CIS. He then returned to the program in 2002, as he was named the Head Coach of the GPRC Women’s program. Joel again achieved success with GPRC, as he was named ACAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2002/2003. Joel then moved back home to Vanderhoof, BC, where he coached many successful teams with Nechako Valley High School.
Joel’s knowledge and experience as both a player and a coach will be a tremendous asset to the Wolves Women’s Basketball program this season.
Wolves Alumni, Graeme Ryder has made the transition to coaching after playing four seasons with the GPRC Men's team. Ryder has been involved with the Women's team for several years as a scout and officially joined the coaching staff in 12/13. A certified NCCP "Train To Compete" (Level 3) coach, Ryder brings his wealth of knowledge and his enthusiasm to the team. His main area of focus is guard development, as well as video analysis and game plan preparation. Graeme Ryder will be an important part of this year's team and of the continued succes of the Wolves Basketball program.
Making the transition to the coaching staff after an extremely successful playing career as a member of the GPRC Wolves, Jaelle Buhler has been selected as a participant in the CCAA Female Apprenticeship Program. This is a national program designed to develop female coaches in sport. Jaelle had one of the most successful playing careers in the program’s history, collecting a wide range of awards and accolades, including breing the team captain of the squad that captured the 2010/2011 ACAC Championship. Jaelle will use her past playing experience and leadership abilities to help guide the players on this year’s Wolves squad.
Returning to the Women’s program for the third season, Christopher is a valuable piece of the Wolves staff, bringing his hard work and energy to the team. His dedication and strong work ethic are key character traits that he displays in all he does. As a student at the College, Christopher will continue to be relied upon again this season as a member of the Wolves Women’s Basketball program.