David Oldham named women’s basketball head coach
MacEwan University Griffins are pleased to announce the hiring of David Oldham as the women’s basketball head coach. Oldham succeeds the retiring Rob Poole who led the Griffins for the past six seasons.
Bringing a wealth of experience and success, Oldham has coached at nearly every level including high school, provincial, and college level basketball teams. His legacy includes four Edmonton tier one championship titles (2011-2015) and eight consecutive 4A provincial championships appearances at Spruce Grove Composite High School, as well as a recent induction into the Shooting Stars Coaching Hall of Fame. His talent extends past the high school level, acting as head coach for Alberta’s Under-17 program in 2015, and serving as a guest coach for Basketball Canada’s Under-16 identification camp in 2014.
“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program and work with all stakeholders involved with MacEwan University Athletics,” commented Oldham, a Spruce Grove, AB resident. “The vision brought forth by the leadership at MacEwan is inspiring and aligned with how I see a successful university basketball program. Coach Rob Poole and the athletes at MacEwan have set the program up for continued success and I am honored to be working with a dedicated and passionate group striving for excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community. I couldn’t be more excited to start the journey with the Griffins.”
When considering a successor, the committee understood the need to hire someone familiar with the values and vision of the Griffins program.
“When Rob announced his plan to retire, we knew the shoes to fill would be large,” said Ken Schildroth, director of athletics. “We are very pleased with what David brings to the Griffins program. His work building Spruce Grove Composite into one of the province’s elite programs, in the community, and as an educator, should translate well with the building a Canada West program.”
Oldham’s hiring is also fully endorsed by the outgoing coach Poole.
“His significant success in building a perennial provincial powerhouse at Spruce Grove Composite High School can be largely attributed to his leadership and coaching skills. Dave has proven he has the vision and the ability to build a program to become a contender under his guidance,” complimented Poole. “I expect the success he has achieved with his high school program will be repeated over time with the challenge he has taken on moving to the CIS.”
Oldham will assume head coaching duties immediately.