(ISN) – Barnaby Craddock, a rising star in the Canadian basketball coaching ranks, is the new head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears’ basketball team.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Golden Bears and Pandas culture, an environment that pursues excellence in sport,” exclaimed Craddock. “The Golden Bears’ basketball program has a storied tradition and it’s an honour to become part of it.”
Craddock, originally from Vancouver, has coached in Canadian Interuniversity Sport for over a decade, including seven seasons as head coach. In his first two CIS head coach campaigns, with Brandon University (2006-2007), he amassed a 30-12 record, winning national coach of the year honours and the CIS silver medal in 2007. He then joined the University of the Fraser Valley, which had just entered CIS and Canada West play after competing in the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association, and in five seasons he shepherded the fledgling program to four playoff seasons, their first CIS national ranking, the 2012 Canada West silver, and a fourth place finish at the most recent national championship. His all-time CIS record stands at 83-65, and includes two Canada West silver medals (2007 and 2012), CIS silver medal (2007) and the 2007 CIS coach of the year award.
He also has coached with various Canada Basketball teams, including the 2011 Summer University Games team that earned silver in Shenzhen, China, and featured current Golden Bear Jordan Baker, as well as the 2012 Canada Basketball Men’s Cadet (U-17) team that is playing in the U-17 World Championship this summer in Lithuania.
He joins a Golden Bears’ program that won the 2012 Canada West championship, with a win over UFV no less, finished second at the national championship, and features a stable of stars like Baker, who is CIS all-Canadian, and is averaging just a hair under a double-double in his three year career, as well as 2012 CIS championship tournament all-star Sahr Saffa, and Todd Bergen-Henengouwen.
“So many elite players and coaches have been involved with this program. I’m enthusiastic to work with the talented group of current student-athletes, as well the challenge of continuing the tradition of excellence that the Golden Bears basketball program is synonymous with,” noted Craddock.
Following a playing career at the University of Lethbridge (1994-97), where he was a CIAU second team all-Canadian (1997), and would have played against Alberta’s back-to-back national championship teams (1994 and 1995), as well as a professional career in Europe (1997-2002), Craddock is excited to become a part of the Golden Bears’ legacy.
“I have always had a large level of respect for the past Golden Bears teams, and I look forward to working alongside some of the fantastic alumni that I know from my years in the Canada West conference,” finished Craddock.