2013 BASKETBALL BC INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

Basketball BC President, Diana Chan, said “This year’s remarkable group of inductees represent not only individuals who have contributed significantly to our sport in BC, but who also hold an impressive list of international and Olympic achievements. These passionate and dedicated athletes, coaches and officials have inspired a range of athletes, ranging from our local youth to the best of Canada on the world stage. Basketball BC is honoured to recognize their contributions.”

Basketball BC Hall of Fame Committee Chair, John Buis, noted “We are very proud of this year's Hall of Fame Inductees. Allison McNeill, Tim Frick, Rich Chambers, Dean McKinnon, Teresa (Kleindienst) Gabriele and Phil Ohl have each made outstanding contributions to basketball and brought great credit to themselves and British Columbia through their accomplishments in our sport.”

The following individuals and their respective categories will be inducted into the basketball BC Hall of Fame on April 20th, 2013. (See below for more information)

Richie Chambers (Coach)
Tim Frick (Coach)
Teresa Gabriele (Athlete)
Dean MacKinnon (Official)
Allison McNeill (Coach)
Phil Ohl (Athlete)

Basketball BC Executive Director, Lawrie Johns, commented “Our first ten years of inductees were exceptional and heading into our 11th year we will be adding six outstanding individuals who have had a significant impact on the basketball scene in BC, Canada and internationally. It will be a tremendous evening of celebration and sharing as we induct them on April 20th.”

For further information contact:
Lawrie Johns
Executive Director
604-455-2812
ljohns@basketball.bc.ca

Basketball BC Hall of Fame & Awards Gala
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Langley Events Centre
Doors open at 5:30
Tickets $85.00 plus GST ($89.25)  
To order tickets, contact Carey at: 
carey@cseventgroup.com

Short Biographies:
(more detailed information is available from Basketball BC)

Richie Chambers
  • Over 40 years of basketball coaching at many levels
  • Center for Performance Head Coach for Basketball BC
  • Numerous Canada Basketball Coaching appointments including U19 World Championship team
  • Provincial Team Head Coach Basketball BC – numerous
  • UBC, SFU & UVIC coaching positions
Tim Frick
  • 30+ years of coaching locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally
  • Head Coach of BC Breakers Women’s Provincial Team for 10 years
  • Head Coach of Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team National Team from 1990 – 2009
  • Pioneered the creation of a national team training centre I n BC in cooperation with Canadian Sport centres
Teresa Gabriele
  • NAIA All American (1999, 2000) and NAIA Tournament MVP 2000
  • Canadian National Team Player for 13 years
    o   Starter from 2001-12
    o   Represented Canada at two Olympics – 2000 and 2012
    o   Represented Canada at World Championships and Pan Am Games
  • Played professionally in Europe 2002-04
Dean MacKinnon
  • Wheelchair and stand up basketball official for 40 years
  • Officiated at High school provincials, universities, Canada Summer games, international wheelchair tournaments and stand up basketball games
  • Has been awarded “Official of the Year” by BC Wheelchair Basketball – 2000, 2005, and 2010
  • 2003 – J.A. “Wink” Willox award by CABO
Allison McNeill
  • Simon Fraser University Head Coach for 13 years
    o   Record 363-79 (.821)
  • Assistant coach at University of Oregon
  • Head Coach of the Canadian National Women’s Team since 2001-2012
    o   Coached the Canadian Women’s National Team at the 2012 Olympic Games to top Eight result
  • Basketball BC Head Coach centre for Performance
  • Has given clinics to all levels of coaches, emphasizing coaches of youth.
    o   Mentored over 1000 coaches and been a positive role model for 1000’s of players
Phil Ohl
  • University of Victoria 1981-85
    o   National Champion 19812-85
    o   National tournament MVP (1985)
  • National team member for 7 years
    o   FIBA World Championships
    o   Olympic Qualifying tournament
    o   World University Games
  • Played professionally in Europe 1985-89