Kwantlen Names Women's Basketball Coach

Sun, Apr 3, 2011



For immediate release

Kwantlen Names Women's Basketball Coach

SURREY, B.C. – (April 4, 2011) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Athletics Department is pleased to announce that Dan Nayebzadeh (White Rock) has been named the new head coach of the varsity women's basketball program.

"Dan is an experienced coach who brings a well-educated approach to the Eagles' program," said Elise Le Brun, director of athletics and recreation. "He has worked with and learned from a long list of accomplished coaches, which will serve him well in this position. We spent a lot of time speaking with Dan about his values and philosophy, which are in perfect alignment with the Eagles Athletics Program. It's an exciting time for women's basketball at Kwantlen."

Coach Nayebzadeh holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Physical Education Degree from the University of British Columbia, and is a certified NCCP Level 3 coach. Nayebzadeh's professional coaching career started at Sutherland Secondary School, where as head coach, he led the senior girls' basketball team to a record 200 wins and 40 losses over eight seasons.

In 2009, Nayebzadeh's had the opportunity to coach with the BC Titans Minor League Professional team, assuming the role as assistant coach; the following year he was selected by the Basketball BC Elite Development Program as the U-16 Provincial team head coach.

Most recently, Nayebzadeh has assisted the Canadian National team coaches, Allison and Mike McNeill, at the Canadian Centre for Performance and Regional Training Centre while concurrently fulfilling the role of assistant coach of the women's basketball team at Simon Fraser University; a team that has celebrated two national titles won between 2008-2010.

"I am honoured to have been given this opportunity at such a remarkable institution that cares so deeply for student success both on and off the court," said Nayebzadeh. "I am certain that my experiences under the tutelage of Bruce Langford at Simon Fraser University and the knowledge acquired from such renowned coaches as Allison and Mike McNeill, will assist me in creating a program that the Kwantlen community will be proud of."

The Kwantlen Eagles Women's Basketball program is hosting an Identification camp Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at Kwantlen's Surrey campus. The camp is open to all female basketball athletes Grade 11 and older.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,000 students annually have a choice from over 135 programs including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


For more information about Kwantlen athletics, contact:

Elise Le Brun
Director, Athletics and Recreation
Tel: 604.599.2980

For more information about Kwantlen, contact:

Joanne Saunders
Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 604.599.2243