Basketball (W)

Coveted Rob Poole returns to Griffins women’s basketball program

Aug 10 2012

MacEwan University and MacEwan University Griffins are proud to announce the hiring of Rob Poole as head coach of the women’s basketball program.

Poole, a 34-year coaching veteran and the reigning women’s basketball Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) National Coach of the Year, will return to the Griffins program in a full-time capacity beginning in the 2012-13 season. Poole guided the Griffins to an undefeated regular season in 2011-12 in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) capturing the universities first ever women’s basketball conference title.

“Rob brings a wealth of academic and coaching experience to our program with over 30 years of experience,” noted Director of Athletics, Ken Schildroth. “He is committed to excellence on and off of the court and his career track record reflects his ability to recruit, retain and build a winning program. We are fortunate to have Rob remain on as a member of our staff and look forward to the future of our women’s basketball program.”

Academically, Rob holds a Bachelor of Education and a graduate diploma in School Librarianship from the University of Alberta, as well as a Masters in Sport Psychology from the University of Victoria. A fully certified level 3 NCCP qualified coach; Rob will retire from his career as a teacher and librarian at Harry Ainlay High School this fall before assuming his full-time duties at MacEwan University.

In the community, Rob has continuously instilled his passion for the game mentoring many youth players and coaches along the way including 2011-12 All-Canadian Kristen Monasterski (MacEwan) and current Team Canada member and Olympian Michelle Plouffe (Harry Ainlay). He has participated in an array of events as a coach and administrator including the FISU World University Games, World Jr. Men’s Basketball Championship, University of Alberta and University of Victoria summer camps as well as retaining the role of Basketball Camp Director of the Rocky Mountain Basketball Camp in Jasper.