18 June 2013
Brock University - Communications & Public Affairs
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Brock names Charles Kissi as new men's basketball head coach

Brock University Athletics is pleased to announce Charles Kissi as the new head coach of the Brock men's basketball program. He becomes the seventh head coach in the program's history.

"We look forward to Charles joining our staff," says Brock director of Athletics Robert Hilson. "He is an excellent leader that possesses strong values that are consistent with Brock University, Brock Athletics, Brock Alumni and the Niagara Community."

Kissi, a 32-year old native of Toronto, Ont., takes over one of only four programs in Canadian Interuniversity Sport that has captured two or more National Championships over the past 20 years.

"Brock University has a great athletics program with a lot of success and it is a university that strives for excellence in everything it does," says Kissi. "I look forward to working alongside great leaders in Robert Hilson and Chris Critelli as well as all the other coaches and people at Brock."

In 2012-2013, Kissi served as an apprentice coach with the NBA's Toronto Raptors, being mentored by Raptors Head Coach Dwayne Casey. Kissi was the subject of a six-part documentary "Raptors Coaches Open House Protégé Program" that aired on NBA TV Canada and is currently posted on the Toronto Raptors YouTube channel.

Prior to working with the Toronto Raptors, Kissi served as the Head Coach of the Ryerson Ram's women's basketball program, highlighted by a berth into the OUA East Final Four in 2010-2011. He joined Ryerson in 2009-2010 as an assistant coach, working under St. Catharines native and former National Team assistant coach, Sandy Pothier.

At the club level, Kissi was head coach of the Tri-County Thunder JUEL Team in 2012-13. From 2004-09 Kissi coached with the Scarborough Blues club program leading female squads to provincial and national tournaments.

Kissi is currently a Detective Constable with Toronto Police Services and has worked as a police officer for a decade.

A former player at McMaster University, he competed in two national championship tournaments with the Marauders. He was also the team's 2003 recipient of the Liam Stevens Award, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of positive attitude, hard work and determination.

The Badgers open their non-conference schedule on Sept. 27 at home against the Niagara College Knights in the Peninsula Classic. Brock will also be at home against UQAM (Oct. 13) and take part in the Waterloo Invitational Oct. 18 to 20. Brock rounds out their non-conference schedule Oct. 24 to 26 when they host the RBC Classic with York, Regina and Saint Mary's coming to St. Catharines. They begin the 2013-14 OUA regular season at home against the Ryerson Rams Nov. 1.

For more info:

* Jeffrey Sinibaldi, media relations, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x4687;

* Robert Hilson, Director of Athletics, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x6458;


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Anyone interested in a peek at the future stars of CIS women's basketball might want to carve out some time this weekend to take in the action at the University of Windsor.

The Windsor Valiants are hosting an under-19 JUEL League tournament, which brings together some of the province's best high school talent.
The JUEL league draws 18 teams from across Ontario.
In its second year of operation, the league's mandate is to develop players for the next level.
University of Windsor freshman Tessa Krieger played for Ingersol's JUEL League team.
Windsor rookie guard Francesca Bellehumeur-Moya, who had to leave school for health reasons, played for the Ottawa Capitals in her final year of high school.
University of Ottawa guard Kellie Ring was just named to the CIS all-rookie team, a year removed from playing for JUEL's Ottawa Nationals.
Windsor Valiants' alumn Ashley Hoover played for the OUA champion University of Ottawa Gee-Gees until sidelined by a knee injury.
While they didn't get to play JUEL, the Windsor Lancers' roster is loaded with former Valiants in Miah Marie Langlois, Korissa Williams, Jocelyn LaRocque, Bojana Kovacevic, Anna Mullins and Bethany Wachna.
Valiants coach Paul Levac has players this year considering CIS destinations such as Queen's, McMaster, York, Laurier and Windsor.
Guard Andrea Kiss is thinking about joining the Lancers once she's fully recovered from an ACL injury. She's been advised to skip the rest of the travel season as she recoups.
"She would have solidified things for us because we have a lot of young kids," Levac said of a roster that includes three Grade 10s including St. Anne's Amanda Milanis and Belle River's Lauren Pizzicarolli.
"But no one is walking away with our league and we've competed with just about everybody."
The Valiants head into weekend play tied for 10th in the league with Brampton and Ottawa, each at 5-6.
"This is really good quality basketball," Levac said. "This league is the next step between high school and university."
The Valiants first game is Saturday at 10 a.m. against JUEL North.

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By Mary Caton, The Windsor Star March 24, 2012

Never one to rest on her laurels, Windsor Lancers coach Chantal Vallee unveiled a prize recruit Friday just four days removed from guiding the team to a second straight CIS women's basketball title.
Also not one to miss a golden opportunity to promote the program, Vallee timed her announcement to coincide with an elite girls' basketball tournament being held at the St. Denis Centre this weekend.
If she weren't recovering from an ACL knee injury, Andrea Kiss would be displaying her considerable skills for the Windsor Valiants in the JUEL tournament.
Vallee could convince almost any of the rising young stars coming here for the weekend to join the Lancers but instead chose a player who hasn't seen game action since last May.
"I've seen her play since she was in Grade 6," Vallee said of Kiss.
"She was really good then and she has big hands like her dad (Andy Kiss). She could palm the ball already and I thought what a great athlete. Despite her injury, my mind was made up on her."
Kiss tore an ACL with the Valiants at the JUEL championships last May, just a week after making the Ontario under-17 team.
Surgery followed in June and the rest of the time since has been devoted to physiotherapy and rehab.
"I can do anything I want but without contact," the 17-yearold said.
She considered trying to play this weekend but her surgeon convinced her the better option was to continue training for her impending CIS career.
Kiss played high school for her dad at St. Anne prior to getting hurt.
She was a WECSSAA firstteam all-star who led her team to three straight SWOSSAA championships. Kiss was the team's leading scorer in her last season as a Grade 11.
A strong student, she likes the biology and biochemistry programs available at Windsor and she's certainly enjoyed the turnaround the basketball program has made under Vallee.
"I was kind of looking to be challenged, not just in games but in practice every day," the six-footer said.
Throughout the entire recruiting process, Kiss said she liked Vallee's continued interest even after she got hurt.
"It was in August and I was really not sure if I was going back to high school (next year for a fifth season) and it meant a lot to me that she was still interested," Kiss said.
"Academically, I was ready (for university)."
With shooting guard Em-ily Abbott moving on after five seasons with the Lancers, Vallee is eyeing Kiss to fill some of that void.
"She's got a lot of work to do but we'll see what her speed is," Vallee said. "She's got a good three-point shot but she's also six foot so we could move her to a high post."
Vallee's praise of Kiss is not limited to her skill set on the court.
"She had tried to make the provincial team before and didn't but she kept going after her dream," Vallee said.
"Talent is one thing but her tenacity and relentlessness are qualities I saw in her that made me think, she is going to be a winner."
Kiss joins a growing St. Anne alumni association on the Lancers that includes Laura and Anna Mullins and Jocelyn LaRocque.

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