TORONTO, Ont. (March 25, 2022) – Canada Basketball announced Friday that Senior Women’s National Team assistant coach, Steve Baur, has been named Head Coach for Canada for the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2022 (June 13-18, 2022).
"The opportunity to represent Canada is always an honour," said Baur. "I am excited to work with our country’s best athletes and staff as we build toward next summer’s FIBA U19 Women's World Cup."
Baur was hired in 2014 by Canada Basketball as a Performance Analyst within the Women’s High Performance (WHP) program and as Senior Women’s National Team Assistant Coach. He previously led Canada as Head Coach of the Development Women’s National Team at the 2017 Pan Am Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Originally from Sackville, Nova Scotia, Baur coached 12 seasons in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), including six as Head Coach with Acadia University (AUS / U SPORTS). During his time at Acadia, he led his teams to three consecutive Canadian Interuniversity Sport Final 8 appearances and was named AUS Coach of the Year in 2014.
Assistant coaches Tamara Tatham and Marlo Davis, as well as Apprentice Coach/Team Manager, Isabel Ormond, return for Canada after coaching last summer at the FIBA U19 Women's World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary.
Head Coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, Tatham is a two-time Olympian, previously representing Canada at the 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio) Olympics. Tatham made history as the first Canadian woman on a coaching staff of a pro men's league when she joined the Raptors 905 as a mentor coach for the 2018-19 season. Following her playing career, Tatham became an Apprentice Coach / Team Manager for Canada at the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2018 before joining Cheryl Jean-Paul’s staff as an assistant coach the following year for the FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship 2019.
Currently Head Coach of Crestwood Preparatory College in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA), where he has developed several targeted Canadian athletes over the last several years, Davis will also be back on the bench this summer. As a player, Davis spent two years at UNC Wilmington and also captured the 2018 3x3 Canada Quest National Final as a member of Team Toronto.
Entering her third year as Apprentice Coach/Team Manager with Canada’s U18/U19 Women’s National Team program, Ormond is also an assistant coach with the University of Alberta (Canada West / U SPORTS), a position she began as a graduate assistant coach in 2017. She has also coached with Alberta Basketball as an assistant for the 17U Girls team. In 2020, Ormond was named one of the 18 inaugural participants in the U SPORTS Female Apprenticeship Coach Program.
Jessica Roque, Head Coach at the University of Waterloo (OUA / U SPORTS), will also join the staff this summer in a Performance Analyst role.
Last week, Canada Basketball announced that 48 athletes from across the country have been invited to participate in the Women's High Performance National Team Age-Group Assessment Camp at Humber College (Toronto, ON) from March 27-31, 2022.
Prior to the camp, Canada Basketball’s Women’s High Performance program is hosting a two-day technical summit to continue the professional development of its women national team NextGen coaches. The summit will introduce the technical points of emphasis from the new Senior Women’s National Team staff, prepare for the upcoming age-group assessment camp and summer national teams, as well as provide staff time together to build team culture and trust through shared experiences.
Canada is currently ranked 8th overall in the FIBA women's age-group rankings, presented by Nike.