OUR COACHES

Ron Hopkins - Director of Basketball

Ron Hopkins has been coaching both men’s and women’s basketball for nearly 33 years at all levels from community league to summer basketball clubs to college teams.  Besides being president and head coach of Swoosh Canada, he is the head coach of the Bellerose Composite High School’s Senior Girl’s Basketball team and assistant coach of the King's University Women’s Basketball team.  Upon starting with Bellerose, the team quickly became one of the top teams in Tier 2 Basketball in Edmonton. He also helped Scona High School achieve their first ever #1 Provincial Ranking. Throughout his career, he has been a critical part of helping three different colleges change their history.  His club teams have been successful both nationally and internationally.  Ron has coached over "1000 athletes" that have gone to play at the post-secondary level in both Canada and the United States.   Ron’s hard work, determination, and passion for the game are the cornerstones of Edmonton.   

Marvin Washington has coached basketball for almost 20 years. Originally from the USA, Marvin's first love was track and field, as  he was a track athlete at "Northwestern University".  His love affair started with the sport when he was a university student on the track team. Before the start of his last year at university, the school announced they were cutting the track team, with nothing to do between 3 and 5pm for the first time since the 3rd grade, Marvin started playing pick up basketball. From there, he went on to coach his nephew's community teams. After obtaining his PhD in Organizational Behavior, and having his own sons, Marvin and his family eventually moved to Canada when Marvin was offered a job as a professor in the school of business. As his sons grew, so did Marvin's coaching career. Over the past 10 years, Marvin has coached the Edmonton Zone team to a 3rd place finish at the Alberta Summer Games, he was an assistant coach for Team Alberta's Boys U15 and U16 team. He was the head coach of DS Mackenzie jr girls team for 3 years and the head coach of DS Mackenzie sr boys team for 3 years. For the past 3 summers he has coached with Swoosh. His boys spring league team has won the Jasper Place Spring League for the past 2 years.

Marvin Washington - Assistant Coach U15 Elite Team 

Heather Sibbald has been coaching since she was 15. Starting by coaching Devon Minor Basketball while she was a member of the John Maland High School team, graduating in 2004 winning a 2A provincial title. Heather then played one year at Kings University College but after suffering from an ACL tear in her rookie season she was not able to continue playing. Instead she turned to coaching. Being asked to help assistant coach the Sr. Girls team at her former high school. She spend the next two years as the assistant coach of the Sr. Girls then in the 2007/2008 season she took on the roll of the JV girls head coach at JMHS,medaling in the zone championships all 3 seasons. She spent as much her summers as she could coaching with NBC Camps in Olds, Edmonton and Prince Albert. In 2010/2011 with the lack of interested for a JV girls team she took the challenge of coaching JV boys instead, once again coming home with a medal finish at zones. In 2011/2012 Heather was asked to take over coaching the JMHS Sr. Girls team and she jumped at the opportunity. In 2014/2013 after building the team for 3 seasons the Wildcats won a 2A zone banner and Heather was able to go back to provincials but this time as a coach. She has continued to build a strong Womens basketball program at JMHS as they have constantly been ranking one of the top 15 2A teams in Alberta for the past 3 years. 

 Heather Sibbald - Coach U17 Girls Development Team

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