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 tenth 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 and has his FIBA Certification license, as well as his NCAA certification.
Waknuk has also been heavily involved with Basketball Alberta, as he was most recently, the head coach this past summer of the Alberta U16 Girls team that won gold at the Western Canadian Championships in Edmonton. Dave started as an Assistant Coach with the Team Alberta U15 Girls Midget Provincial Team in 2012 and next summer, was 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.
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. Graeme became involved with Basketball Alberta this summer, as he served double duty, as he head coached the Zone 8 Boys team that competed at the 2014 Alberta Summer Games, as well as served as an assistant on the Alberta U16 Girls team, that won Gold at the Western Candian Championships. 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 was selected as a participant in the CCAA Female Apprenticeship Program last season to kickstart her transition into coaching. Jaelle had one of the most successful playing careers in the program’s history, collecting a wide range of awards and accolades, including being the team captain of the squad that captured the 2010/2011 ACAC Championship. She has been actively coaching in the community for several years, including most recently the Wolves Club U17 team this past summer. Jaelle will use her past playing experience and leadership abilities to help guide the players on this year’s Wolves squad.
Jessica Tinney joins the GPRC Wolves in her first year with the coaching staff. Originally from Ontario, Jessica played her college career out east, including four years for the Niagara College Knights in the OCAA. Jessica will us her knowledge gained as a player to help the team this year. She will work closely with the forwards in skill development throughout the year and is a great addition to the program.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Danielle Ordyniec returns to the Wolves for her fourth year with the GPRC Women's Basketball program. Originally from Hamilton ON, Danielle graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Kinesiology. She holds certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and has completed internships with McMaster University’s Strength and Conditioning department, as well as Athletes’ Performance in California. She know currently works as the Strength Coach for the Alberta Sport Development Center Northwest in Grnde Prairie. Danielle's personality, drive and passion has helped create a culture of excellence with the Women's basketball team, as she been a vital piece to the program's success and direction.
Mental Skills Coach
Matt Bain has been working with the Wolves Women's Basketball Program since 2009. Matt has helped shape the direction and attitude of the program with his work and efforts in developing the philosophy 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.
Returning to the Women’s program for the fourth 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.