Opportunity to play College Basketball in Canada

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Opportunity to play College Basketball in Canada

Postby ExPinto » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:19 am

This board has always been about more exposure and opportunities for our high school athletes who are looking to play at the next level. A good friend of mine, Mark Walton, is now the women’s head basketball coach at Guelph University in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and is actively recruiting for his program. They play at the highest level of competition in Canada, and Coach Walton is building his squad into a tournament team who he expects will be competing for the Canadian National Championship in the short years to come. Coach Walton is looking for those players who wish to continue their playing experience, all the while receiving an outstanding education from a top university.

From Coach Walton’s Bio:
Mark Walton joined the Gryphons for the 2016-17 season. He comes to Guelph after serving as an assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of New Hampshire (NCAA Division 1) in 2010-11. In that role Walton was responsible for player development, recruiting from Canada and Europe and tactical advice.
 
A proven leader in the coaching world he has consulted and mentored a number of coaches at the D1 level and assisted coaches and players from a number of local programs as well as Ontario Basketball and Canada Basketball.
 
Walton served as the head coach for Canada Basketball’s National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) girls’ team for two years from 2007 to 2009. During his tenure, the team became the first Canadian team to go undefeated on an international tour in France during March 2009. Additionally, a number of player’s he’s worked with have gone on to play for the Canadian National Team that competed at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games including Natalie Achonwa, Michelle Plouffe and Katherine Plouffe.
 
Walton began his coaching and teaching career at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ont. He taught at Cathedral for 29 years and was the senior boys’ basketball coach for 27 seasons, posting a 723-86 overall record and an impressive 100% graduation rate. During that period, he guided Cathedral to three  OFSAA championships (1984, ’94 and ’98), after going undefeated and garnering the No. 1 ranking in the country in each of those three seasons.

Guelph University is a top ranked school that is located an hour west of Toronto and 45 minutes northwest of Hamilton, Ontario. It delivers top-notch instruction in a variety of programs. Their athletic facilities are fantastic and very modern with all the amenities a Division I athlete would need. Check their website to learn and see more of this outstanding university.
http://www.uoguelph.ca/about.html

Mark is an outstanding coach and a better person. I have known Mark for 20 years and would have no reservations in sending my daughter to play for him. His can be contacted through email at mwalto02@uoguelph.ca
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