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André Desjardins

Role: Master Coach Developer (MCD)
Context(s): FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Train to Train, Train to Compete
P/TSO: Ontario Basketball
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Years as a Coach Developer: 12
Coaching Experience:

-20 years coaching experience
-Assistant coach with 2011 - 2014 Bronze Medallist Cadette Women's National Team
-Coach Mentor - CWNT and JWNT 2014 - present
-NCI Advanced coaching Diploma
-Level 4 - Candidate
-Targeted Athlete Strategy Coach (CB)
-Coach, Ontario Centre for Performance (CB) Boys and girls
-Assistant coach, University of Ottawa, Men's Basketball 1998 - 2003
-Owner of Fastbreak Basketball Programs
-Head coach - Sports-études - École secondaire Louis Riel

What motivated you to get into coaching?:

I spent a lot of time organizing games and activities with my neighbourhood friends. I always enjoyed thinking of ways to improve performance in myself and others. 

What do you love about being a Coach Developer?:

My favourite part of being a CD is getting to know other people's coaching context and knowing that we can have a positive impact in their coaching development thus impacting their athletes. When the coaches have those "aha" moments.

Why did you want to be a Coach Developer?:

To promote an athlete-centered approach to the coaches in order to grow the number of athletes that play. If the athlete's experience is a positive one, they may decide to coach when their playing days are over.

Favorite Coaching Quote:

"Failure to prepare is preparing for failure."


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