KELOWNA, BC – UBC Okanagan men’s basketball coach Darren Semeniuk is pleased to announce the addition of long-time Kelowna basketball supporter Dino Gini to his staff. Dino will be a community liaison for the Heat and assist in a range of activities for coach Semeniuk.
Dino will officially move into the role of UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball player development and recruitment coach effective immediately.
“I want to really develop Heat basketball in the community and when the opportunity presented itself to bring a man of Dino’s talent’s passion and energy into the mix, I had to take it,” noted an excited coach Darren Semeniuk. “Dino and the rest of the coaches (Kelly Broderick, Matt Heyworth, & Adrian Neale), plus other community members will really help expand Heat basketball so that kids in the community will desire to suit up for UBC Okanagan.”
Dino’s role with the program will be to expand the Heat into various aspects of the community basketball scene. Dino will coach an under 17 Heat prep team, made up of valley kids that will train in the summer and travel to various club tournaments across the Pacific Northwest. Dino will also look to develop a Junior Heat Elite program and possibly help implement a Junior Varsity Heat squad.
Dino’s time and commitment helping build the local programs and players here in the interior will naturally lead Dino into becoming a key recruiter for the program. Dino will develop players locally that will have the skills and ability to play at the University level and he will also have an excellent opportunity to identify and scout players from other regions when he is with the Heat club teams.
Dino brings with him a wealth of experience in the local basketball scene and has played a big role already in the development of young basketball players in the community. His work as head coach of the Immaculata senior girls’ team created a dynasty in high school basketball for the Mustangs. He is now continuing that success with the senior boys program at Immaculata. He has worked with Basketball B.C. in regional and summer games programs for the past 14 years and has been the head coach of the Basketball B.C. Regional Training Centre. Dino continues to be involved with Kelowna Minor Basketball and their Steve Nash leagues, legends leagues and rep leagues.
With over 24 years of coaching and working with kids, Dino will use that experience as he brings his passion for the sport to the UBC Okanagan men’s program. Dino played University ball at Mount Royal in Calgary and at the University of Brandon. He is a level three NCCP certified coach.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Darren and his staff,” added Gini. “I look forward to doing as much as I can to help continue to make this program the number one choice for young players all around…. I am thrilled to be a part of it.”