LANGLEY, British Columbia –TWU Director of Athletics Murray Hall announced Thursday that Cheryl Jean-Paul will lead the Spartans women’s basketball team into the future as their new head coach.
"I am extremely excited and humbled to be joining the Spartan athletics coaching staff and the TWU family,” says Jean-Paul. “The vision of the athletic department and the intentional approach to the complete athlete is something that I value and look forward to developing within our basketball community.”
After over ten years of coaching, Jean-Paul brings a wealth of basketball experience to TWU, including three years as head coach at Red River College where she won a MCAC conference title in 2009 with the Rebels, three consecutive conference championships and a provincial bronze medal with River East Collegiate’s junior varsity team, and two years as an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s team.
“Trinity Western's stock rose when Cheryl accepted our proposal to join a great staff who already know how to develop student athletes holistically,” said TWU’s Murray Hall. “Cheryl shares our vision for developing complete champions on and off the court - she will turn our basketball program around and into a perennial contender – it is just a matter of time.”
Jean-Paul was also head coach for Manitoba’s 2009 Canada Games U17 girl’s team, Manitoba’s 2011 Western Canada Games U15 midget girl’s team, and the women’s head coach for the Manitoba Region of the Centre for Performance program. She is a Level III NCCP certified coach as well as a Master Learning Facilitator for the NCCP Intro to Competition basketball coaching course. She has been awarded the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association, and has also been a Finalist for the Coaching Manitoba High Performance Coach of the Year award.
"Cheryl has been a great coaching ambassador for us in Manitoba. Her tireless commitment to the game in Manitoba across all levels of the game will be missed greatly," says Basketball Manitoba Executive Director Adam Wedlake. "We are very excited on her move out west to TWU and wish her nothing but success - except of course when her team competes against any Manitoba school!”
"Cheryl is a fantastic person and a fabulous leader. In my mind, she is a "blue-chip"; someone that can bring TWU to a National Championship,” says CIS silver medalist Windsor Lancers women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallée.
As a five year player with the University of Manitoba Jean-Paul earned all-star and MVP honours (1999-2000) with the Bisons, a CIS silver medal, and a GPAC conference championship in 1998. Jean-Paul scored over 1000 points in her five year career and was among the perennial conference leaders in free throw percentage and steals. In 1999, she was involved in Athletes in Action European tour team that toured Switzerland & Slovakia.
Jean-Paul, who graduated from Manitoba in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree, is also a level two basketball official who has over eight years of officiating experience including refereeing in the CIS, the Manitoba provincial championships and at the national level for the midget girls’ championships.
Jean-Paul, replaces former head coach Kerby Court after a three year term with the Spartans.
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2010-04-19