The Coaches . . .
Coach Chris Nicol founded Hoopnics and continues to take the lead role in all of the camps and clinics. His son Josh also serves a pivotal role in many of the sessions. Current and former collegiate players along with local PE teachers, basketball coaches and Hoopnics alumni fill out the coaching staff at any particular camp. The involvement and development of local coaches has always been a priority at Hoopnics.
2x ACAC All-Conference
B.Ed M.Sc NCCP Level III
Dunstable School principal, Lorna Heimstra is a perfect example of a passionate Hoopnicker.
'Coach' Nicol is an international clinician with 33 years of coaching experience and 43 years in the game. He has conducted sessions in Canada, the United States, Scotland, Trinidad, Tobago and Dominica. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master's of Applied Science degree in Sport Coaching. He is a NCCP Level III certified coach and clinician. A career coach, Nicol is comfortable working with athletes at all of levels of play. He spent 2014-15 on sabbatical coaching in Scotland and the Caribbean. Chris now serves as Chair of the Kinesiology Dept at GPRC.
He has been happily married to his beautiful wife Aum for the past 29 years and has been blessed with two wonderful children Alyssa and Joshua.
'Coach' finds great joy in cycling, hiking and camping in the outdoors.
B.Ed (Alberta) M.Sc (Queensland)
NCCP Level III (National Coaching Certification Program)
Basketball Alberta Coaching Excellence Awatd
15 yrs CCAA College Head Coach
12 yrs High School Head Coach
5 yrs Jr High Head Coach
ACAC Coach of the Year
Josh Nicol is an excellent young coach.
He has been a leader at every level at
which he has played from jr high through college. Josh was a five year starting
point guard and multiple award winner in the ACAC (3y @GPRC, 2y @ AUC)
In addition to his camp work, he has coached with the Augustana Vikings, Wolves Club system, Special Olympics and is active in Breast Cancer fundraising.
Josh has a Bachelor of Arts (P.E.) and will pursue a B.Ed in the fall.
International: USA, Australia, Scotland
Josh counts family and friends amongst his many blessings in life.
2x ACAC All-Conference Team
5x ACAC Academic Award
5x CCAA National Scholar
CCAA Academic All-Canadian
GPRC M.V.P., Most Improved, Team Player
AUC M.V.P., Most Dedicated Athlete
High School Athlete of the Year