The UBC Thunderbirds are pleased to announce Sean Shook has been hired as the new full-time lead assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. Shook joins long-time head coach Kevin Hanson’s staff after spending the last two seasons in the same position across town with the Simon Fraser University Clan.
Shook has spent a lifetime in the game and has been in the coaching profession for over 20 years. Before his stint at SFU, Shook displayed his impressive versatility in a dual role as both Athletic Director and head coach at Squamish’s Quest University. In his eight years guiding the Kermodes he built the program into a perennial power in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.
“It’s a great opportunity to come to a top five program in the country,” said Shook. “Everywhere else I’ve been it’s been a situation where it’s been built from scratch or starting over so it’s nice to step into a situation like this where coach Hanson has done fantastic work over the last 18 years to get the program to where it is. To have the opportunity to hopefully be part of that piece that takes it to the next level is special.”
Shook’s wide range of experience and ability has proven to be a crucial skill set at the University level.
“I’ve been able to wear several different hats in the post-secondary institutions I’ve been at,” continued Shook. “In my role as Athletic Director at Quest, you run everything, there was no assistant coach or other administration to help you, you’ve got to everything from eligibility to the financial part of it. At SFU I was able to have a big hand in what we did defensively so it was an opportunity to grow and hone my skills as a coach at a higher level.”
“We are very pleased to announce that Sean will be joining our coaching staff effective immediately,” said Hanson. “Sean is the complete package as a coach, he has been an Athletic Director, has run his own basketball program and is a proven recruiter. His basketball knowledge, his administrative skills and fundraising abilities will be a huge asset to our program. He’s the right fit at the right time and we’re excited to start our new season.”
Shook’s rich history in the game isn’t limited to just the lower mainland as the dual citizen who was born in Ferndale Washington made an impact as a player and coach just across the border as well. Prior to starting the program at Quest, Shook spent four seasons as the Meridian High School Trojans head coach with district appearances in his last three seasons and a state tournament berth in 2003.
In his formative years, Shook played basketball at Ferndale High School where he was an all-league player and continued his career at Yakima Valley College (Yakima, WA). He was also a three-year letter winner for the Golden Eagles baseball program, earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University.
Shook has been involved in the Basketball BC Provincial Team Program for many years and has also spent time working with Basketball B.C.’s Regional Training Centres.
The Thunderbirds open preseason play by hosting Laval University as part of the UBC invitational on Friday, October 5th at 7 p.m. The T-Birds begin the Canada West regular season by welcoming the University of Saskatchewan Huskies to War Memorial Gym for back to back contests on October 26th and 27th.