GPRC Wolves Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
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 in 2015.
Jessica Tinney rejoins the GPRC Wolves in her second 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 use 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 has been a great addition to the program.
Wolves Alumni Deanna Konno is in her first year as an Assistant Coach with the GPRC Wolves Women’s basketball program. With a playing career that included three years at GPRC (2007-2010) and one year at Holland College, in PEI, Deanna brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the staff. Certified in NCCP Levels I & II, she has had the opportunity to Coach at many levels during her young career - including High School, Wolves Club, and Awesome Hoops Camp alongside Canadian Women’s National Team Assistant Coach, Shawnee Harle. Committed, hardworking, and a key contributor to player development, Deanna has already proven to be a valuable asset to the Wolves Women’s basketball program.
Wovles Alumni Hailey Grayston joins the Women’s Basketball team for her first year as an Assistant Coach. A former player with the Women’s program for two years (2008-2010), Hailey brings her experience as tough defensive guard to provide feedback to individual players and on team defense. Coaching youth levels of all ages going back to her time in her hometown of Yellowknife, NT, and with a wide range of Wolves community programs, including Minor Wolves & Wolves Club, her enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to the players has already been a valuable asset to the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team.
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 fifth 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 recent graduate of the College, Christopher will continue to be relied upon again this season as a member of the Wolves Women’s Basketball program.