Head Coach Women's Basketball
Education: BSc Manitoba '05
Cheryl Jean Paul is in her third season as the Spartans women’s basketball coach.
In her first two years with the Spartans, Jean-Paul has guided the Spartans to an 11-31 record in Canada West league play but is coming off a 2012-13 season in which she helped TWU to an 8-10 record.
Aside from her TWU duties, for the past two years, she has been the head coach for Basketball BC’s Fraser Valley RTC (Regional Training Centre) girls’ program, where she has coached some of the top Grade 7-10 athletes in the Fraser Valley.
She has also coached Basketball BC provincial teams for the past two summers, guiding the U14 girls’ team in 2011 and the U15 girls’ red team in 2012.
Jean-Paul is also working with the Langley-based Special Olympics team and mentoring its coaches as it prepares for the 2013 Special Olympics BC Summer Games.
Prior to joining the Spartans, Jean-Paul had over ten years of coaching experience and a wealth of playing experience.
Her coaching pedigree includes three years as head coach at Red River College where she won a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference title in 2009. Prior to that she also won three consecutive conference championships and a provincial bronze medal with River East Collegiate’s junior varsity team and was an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team for two years.
Jean-Paul was the head coach for Manitoba’s 2009 Canada Games U17 girls’ team and was the women’s head coach for the Manitoba Region of Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance program.
She was also named head coach for Manitoba’s 2011 Western Canada Games U15 midget girls’ team but stepped down from that position upon being hired at TWU.
Jean-Paul, who is a Level III NCCP certified coach as well as a Master Learning Facilitator for the NCCP Intro to Competition basketball coaching course, has been recognized for her coaching abilities by being awarded the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association as well as being a Finalist for the Coaching Manitoba High Performance Coach of the Year award.
In 2009, the Winnipeg native travelled to Zambia and Rwanda to observe and to help their national sporting organizations develop their programming and their pursuit of athletic excellence.
Jean-Paul has been an instructor at a number of clinics including Basketball Manitoba Super Coaches Clinic, University of Manitoba Elite 60 Camp, University of Manitoba Women’s Spring Camp, University of Manitoba Mini-University Basketball Camp, St. John’s Ravenscourt Sports Camp and Athletes in Action Spring Break clinic.
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 consistently among the conference leaders in free throw percentage and steals. In 1999, she was involved in an Athletes in Action European tour team that travelled to Switzerland & Slovakia.
Jean-Paul, who graduated from the University of 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 midget girls’ nationals.