Our coaching staff is comprised of a talented blend of player development, video analysis, and athletic performance personnel. Over 30 years of experience with college and university coaches we actually understand what it takes for our student-athletes. At SBA you will work to be better at academics and basketball while learning to grow as a young adult.
Sean Tyson - HEAD COACH, DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Sean brings over 20 years of experience as a top rated player development coach in all of Canada Stemming from his days as a professional basketball coach to working with players in the Saskatchewan provincial program. He started his career as an assistant player development coach for the Grand Rapids Hoops(CBA) team in 2002 then move to the Great Lakes Storm as a video coordinator and assistant coach for 2 seasons.In 2005 he became the interim head coach in that same franchise. In 2015 He led the Saskatchewan U16 Boys team to a Bronze medal finish at the Western Canada Summer Games. Sean was on the coaching staff for the Team Canada U17 and U18 Assesment Camp. He has worked with several former NBA players 2 of which are currently playing in the 2015 World Championship Golden State Warriors organization. Sean has also seen the development of several local standout players dating as far back as 2000. He was a member of the famed Baltimore Dunbar Poets who won the National Championship in 1986 and received a full scholarship to Clemson University where he won a Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Sean has a BSc degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management.
Ian Kadlec - ANALYTICS
Kadlec will look after all video production and editing associated with SBA. He has done an excellent job learning the ropes of the business of analytical basketball through systems such as HUDL, Krossover and Fast Scout. Ian joins the SBA staff after serving as a Head Coach for Greenwave United U17 team, were he enjoy lots of success, including a highlight of winning the Saskatoon SLAM Tournament. Ian spent some time working at Western and National Canada Basketball ID Camps, and also traveled to China representing Canada as an assistant coach against teams such as USA, China, Lithuania. He was a part of the provincial basketball U16 Boys staff which won a Bronze Medal at the Western Canada games in 2015 and as an assistant and a video scout for the U17 team in 2016. He is well versed in video and scout software which helped win the Provincial title at Davidson High school under the leadership of Kim Rettger. Ian began his basketball career as a standout player while at his alma mater Davidson and went on to become the first MVP player at Olds College where he received his degree in Agriculture..
Marek Kopiowski - ASSISTANT COACH
Marek Kopiowski was born in Wroclaw, Poland. He played as a Point Guard at all youth levels in Poland. Marek competed in Youth Euroleague EYBL and the U-18 Polish League. While playing with Prokom Trefl he won the U-18 Championship of Poland and later signed pro contract with 17-time champion of Poland - WKS Slask Wroclaw (2League). During his playing career, Marek was also coaching the U-16 team for Gimbasket Sycow and coached kids at three different elementary schools in Wroclaw. That same year he attended the Academy of Physical Education in Wroclaw where he studied Physical Education. In 2013, After moving to Canada he played for the Algonquin Thunder varsity team. Marek coached at Ontario CP Program, and worked at Team Canada U-17 and U-18 Assessment Camp.
Tanner Kozun - STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
Tanner joins the SBA family for the 2018-19 season. Born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Tanner is proud of his humble roots from Carrot River. He began his coaching career at Sheldon Williams under the guidance of well respected coach Darcy McKweon. Tanner is an up and coming young coach who has already had his presence felt on the high school scene. He improved his Tisdale teams each season. He will be the lead contact for players out of the Northeast part of Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Education with a major in Physical Education and minor in English. As an Academic Advisor, Tanner will overview the educational progress of each athlete by working closely with administrative team and teachers at City Park Collegiate.
Scott Hawley - ASSISTANT COACH
Scott has been a presence in the Saskatoon basketball community for almost three decades. Following a stellar playing career highlighted by a provincial championship, a BRIT championship, and multiple successful summer tournament runs across the western United States, Scott has continued to be involved in basketball in Saskatoon as a coach. A high school teacher in the city, he has coached teams at both the junior and senior levels for the past 15 years. In addition, Scott is actively involved in youth basketball, coaching in the Dunkeroos, Spud, and Mini divisions within the SMBA over the past several seasons, and has recently been added to the SMBA board of directors. Scott will work to develop the basketball knowledge and fundamental foundation of the under 11 team.
Brett Solberg - ASSISTANT COACH
Brett joins SBA as an assistant coach. He is currently a coach for the Greenwave United where he is enjoyed a success campaign in previous season. Brett is a former high school standout player who attended Aden Bowman Collegiate and continued his career at Lakeland college. In the summer of 2017 Solberg won his first club team championship in Edmonton Great Canadian Shootout 13 Under division.
Taylor Lane - ASSISTANT COACH
Taylor is a Saskatoon native who attended Bishop James Mahoney (2007/2008 5A Provincial champions) before going on to play post-secondary basketball in the ACAC for 2 years at Medicine Hat College. He has represented Saskatchewan at the national level and was part of the University of Saskatchewan Jr. Huskies Program during his teenage years. Since shifting his focus more to academics (currently working on his MSc at the U of S), Taylor has helped coach 4 seasons of successful Sr. Boys basketball at Bishop James Mahoney. He is a passionate coach who believes that the adversity faced on the basketball court translates to successful life skills off the court.
Mark McDonald - U13 ASSISTANT COACH
Mark McDonald has recently relocated back to Saskatoon after serving with the Canadian Air Force for the previous nine years. While serving, he won a National Basketball Championship with the Trenton Flyers in 2017. He also participated with the CISM National program from 2016-2017. Mark is excited to be part of the Greenwave program, and hopes his experience can help these young players in their skill development.
Wes Jickling - U11 Boys
Emmanuel Ojukwu - Business Manager
Emmanuel brings a high degree of business acumen and organizational skills to all aspects of the program.
Renee Zemluk - Communications Coordinator
Renee is a detail oriented professional who assists our organizations in ensuring that information is received by stakeholders in a timely and accurate manner.