Chargers raring to go as 2014-15 PACWEST hoops season begins
(ISN) – The Camosun College Chargers Basketball teams are ready and raring to go as the PACWEST hoops season gets underway on the Island this week.
The Chargers kick-off 2014-15 with a road trip to Nanaimo where the Capital City crews will face off against their Island rivals, the VIU Mariners.
Heading into his third year as Head Coach of the Chargers Men’s Basketball program, Scot Cuachon has added four key recruits to his substantial list of returnees which include 6’6″ forward Ted Neilson from UVic (Nanaimo), 6’2″ guard formerly with Capilano and SFU, Mathew Uduboker (Burnaby), Hassan Phills, a 6’3″ guard hailing from Toronto who played for University of Waterloo and Capilano and 6’4″ forward Quinn Yates who comes to Camosun from Edward Milne in Sooke.
Third-year vets who will undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the group are Kaz Kobayashi, the 5’10” point guard from Tokyo, Japan, 6’4″ forward and Winnipeg native, AJ Beaudry and local product 6’4″ forward James Giuffre from Esquimalt High.
“With many returning players, we are looking to build on our core group,” comments Coach Cuachon. “We are striving to play at a faster pace with sustained intensity on both sides of the floor. The PACWEST is a league rich in talent with very tough teams and we look forward to competing day in and day out.”
On the women’s side, the Chargers are starting fresh with recently hired Head Coach Carl Macdonald taking lead of the program. Camosun’s roster features an abundance of local talent including 11 student-athletes from Victoria and two from Duncan.
“We’re very pleased to have Carl on board,” states Camosun’s Coordinator of Recreation and Athletics Graham Matthews. “Carl is a certified NCCP Level III coach and has had numerous years of coaching experience at the high school and Team BC Regional Level. Throughout his coaching career, Carl has organized and coordinated development camps and clinics on the Island and many players from these programs have gone onto play at the post-secondary level in Canada and the USA.”
Familiar faces to the Chargers line-up include fourth-year vets Aija Salvadore (2013-14 CCAA All Canadian and PACWEST 1st Team All Star) and Ella Goldschmid (2013-14 PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star and Academic Excellence), and 2nd year wing
Emma Cunningham, whose impressive season earned her a spot on last year’s PACWEST All-Rookie Team.
Key newcomers include 6’0″ post Ali Cooper (Oak Bay), 5’5″ guard and Claremont grad Haley Cabral and Kathryn Candell, 5’7″ guard from Pacific Christian.
“We will have an interesting mix of solid veterans with a strong supporting cast including some dynamic rookies,” states Coach Macdonald. “We are looking forward to trying out new systems and expect to be competitive in every game.”