Trinity Western University’s men’s basketball program announced the hiring of Trevor Pridie as the team’s new head coach Friday.
Pridie, who hails from Abbotsford, B.C., joins the Spartans after spending the past year as an assistant coach with the Raptors 905, which is the Toronto Raptors G League team. With the Raptors 905, Pridie was the Head Video Coordinator for the 2018-19 season, while also being involved in day-to-day practices and working in player development. In the summer of 2018, he also coached with the Toronto Raptors NBA Summer League team, working with NBA players during practices and assisting in workouts.
“Trevor embodies what we were looking for in terms of basketball IQ, an authentic Christian faith and an ability to connect with players, coaching staff, the local community and alums,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Gamache. “When you talk to people who know Trevor well, you hear about a young man who treats people well, who loves basketball, who loves to learn and who has a deep commitment to mentoring young men through basketball.
“Trevor has both deep roots in the local basketball community and more recently has been able to learn what a top-level basketball organization looks like, while with Nick Nurse and Jama Mahlalela of the Toronto Raptors. I am so excited by Trevor’s overall vision for how he wants to assemble an experienced and talented staff to build a sustainable program that is competitive with the best basketball programs in Canada.”
Pridie joins an athletic department at TWU that has a strong history of success, including winning 12 U SPORTS team championships and 27 Canada West team championships since the Spartans entered U SPORTS in 1999.
“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Pridie said. “There is a rich tradition here. You look at the athletic department here and it’s exciting to be part of such a unique school and department. The Complete Champion Approach™ is something that excites me and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to come into a program and build something here at Trinity Western.”
Legendary Canadian basketball coaches Allison and Mike McNeill have seen Pridie develop as a coach and are excited to see how he can rebuild the Spartans men’s basketball program.
“Mike and I know him quite well,” Allison said. “We both think he is pretty special. He’s an amazing person with high character and an incredible dedication to learning and growing in the game. With the Raptors organization, he worked with and was mentored by outstanding coaches, while being exposed to high-level athletes and seeing how to run a first-class organization from the inside. He is a passionate basketball person who is always trying to get better. He’s an excellent and honest communicator. He has a really good basketball mind and is a great leader of young men.”
Coming off his experience with the Raptors 905, Pridie is set to bring a new direction to the Spartans men’s basketball program, with a style that will excite both players and fans.
“I think it’s going to be a fun brand of basketball,” Pridie said. “It’s going to be very up-tempo. There is going to be a lot of energy and it’s going to be an exciting team to watch. Coming here, I think it’s about building a winning attitude and culture. It’s going to be a process, but I’m going to figure out what this team looks like and where we need to plug holes and create a plan to achieve our goals, while building a winning culture and winning mindset.
“It’s a unique opportunity for me coming to a Christian university and building relationships within that context. I enjoy the relationship aspect of coaching and I think being at TWU allows you to go deeper with players and people and I’m excited to see our players grow in all the facets of the Complete Champion Approach™.”
Beyond his recent work with the Raptors developmental teams, Pridie has also been part of the Raptors training camps in each of the last four seasons.
“Being around an organization like the Raptors, which is one of the best organizations in the NBA, you learn a lot about how to do things the right way,” Pridie said. “I learned a lot about leadership and learned from so many great basketball minds. A lot of the things I picked up over there, I’m going to try to bring over here and run this like an NBA team – in terms of staff alignment, responsibilities, scouting and player development.”
Prior to joining the Raptors organization, Pridie was the Head Coach and Program Director for BC Bounce from 2011 to 2018, leading a grassroots program, which trained more than 1000 kids each year.
While with BC Bounce, he spent time as an assistant coach with the University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball program from 2015 to 2017. Pridie was also the head coach for the senior boys basketball team at W.J. Mouat Secondary from 2014 to 2016 and was a Basketball BC Provincial Team coach from 2011 to 2014, helping lead the U14 and U15 boys teams.
He has an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley.