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It’s a new year for the York University Lions men’s basketball team as head coach Tom Oliveri made some significant changes to the roster in the off-season. The Lions finished in fourth place in the deep OUA East Division last year but enter this season hoping that the combination of veteran talent and fresh new faces will improve the team’s fortunes. More than ever before, Oliveri sees a real cohesiveness amongst the players on the team and he believes that, and their tremendous work ethic, will pay huge dividends on the court. “This is by far the closest knit group we’ve had in my time at York, and the attitude and culture is at an alltime high. Every member of this line-up is focused on the team first and they are so coachable and want to get better. The work they’ve been putting in is like nothing we’ve seen before and it’s been a growing stage in our program’s development. These players have shown improvement every day, and game-to-game we see the makings of a team that has tremendous potential.” The departure of many players over the summer has made room for some key young veterans to make their own mark on this team, and Oliveri will be counting on them to step up and fill the void. In the back court that responsibility will fall to Jayden Frederick. After one year redshirting, he is coming off a strong rookie season in which he averaged 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He is just a sophomore but plays beyond his years and is poised for a breakout season. Up front it is Brandon Ramirez and Nana Adu-Poku who will lead the forwards. Like Frederick, Ramirez was a rookie last year and averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds while learning the speed of the game at the OUA level. Adu-Poku, meanwhile, has been with the Lions for three seasons and last year started seven games for the first time. The team will also get a boost from the return of fourthyear guard Nidun Chandrakumar, who returns this year after missing all of last season. He is the only player on the roster with more than three years of experience in the league and he will play a crucial role in providing leadership to the rest of the squad.

Among the new faces in the line-up are a pair of guards who Oliveri believes can make an immediate impact on the OUA. Both Tobi Adelodun and Ammar Hassan are versatile athletes who can play multiple positions on the court, and they will get the chance right away to show the rest of the conference what they are capable of. This year’s squad is young but features many dynamic players, and the combined athleticism throughout the roster has led to a style of play that will make the Lions an exciting team to watch. “Our transition game is definitely our strength; these players are quick and athletic and can really get up and down the floor. We are also versatile and can play big or small. Our opponent will dictate which line-up we put on the floor.” With so many new faces it is hard to predict where the Lions will fit in amongst a deep conference that opens the season with three teams ranked among the nation’s top five. But Oliveri is confident in what he has and has high expectations for his young unit. “We think we are a playoff team, and that when we get there we can be a real dangerous team. That’s our goal. It’s a tough league as always and we know there are challenges ahead but we are optimistic.” If the players can adapt quickly and live up to the potential they have exhibited, this season promises to be a successful one.

This is by far the closest knit group we’ve had in my time at York, and the attitude and culture is at an all-time high. TOM OLIVERI - HEAD COACH





Tom Oliveri took over the reins of the men’s basketball program for the 2010-11 season after previous head coach Bob Bain retired following an illustrious 37-year career with the Lions. Oliveri was named the full-time permanent replacement for the team in February 2011. Prior to taking over as head coach of the program, Oliveri spent 13 years as an assistant with the team and one season as the head coach while Bain was on sabbatical. In addition to his work with the Lions, Oliveri is currently the head coach (Ontario Central Region) for Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance (CP). He is also the head coach of basketball development for the York South Silver Knights basketball club and is a certified teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. A former York University student at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Oliveri holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and coaching. Before coming to work with the Lions, he coached and taught for eight years at Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, where his teams won seven TDCAA championships, an OFSAA bronze medal and two end-of-season top 10 national rankings. As a head coach of the U17 Ontario men’s provincial team, Oliveri led Ontario to back-to-back gold medals at the Canadian Juvenile National Championship in 2002 and 2003. A certified master course conductor / master learning facilitator and Level 4/5 certified, he holds the formal designation of a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC).


Menelik Fernandes joined the Lions coaching staff in 2015, returning to the university where he received his undergraduate degree in psychology. He has previously coached multiple teams in the Scarborough Basketball Association (SBA), winning an OBA bronze medal in Division 1, and coached high school basketball at Lawrence Park for two years. Fernandes is also the creator of the Toronto Terror club team. As a player, he won an OBA silver medal in Division 1 with his club team, reached the TSSAA finals with Lawrence Park H.S. and was a five-year captain and letter winner. Away from the basketball court, he is the owner of Triple L Real Estate Brokerage.

THE COACHES Gerard Carlse has been an assistant coach with the Lions men’s basketball team since 2007.

Before coming to work with the Lions he spent 12 seasons as head coach of the Centennial College basketball program, a stint that was highlighted by a silver-medal finish at the OCAA provincial championship in 200405. That result advanced the team to the CCAA national championship tournament, where Centennial finished in fifth place. He also has previous experience in the OUA as an assistant with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in 1993-94. Carlse is the founding executive director of the Canadian Association of Basketball Coaches and has completed his master’s degree in sport science. He is an NCCP Level 3 certified coach, a former Ontario men’s U18 provincial team head coach (2000), a former director with Basketball Ontario and he has the formal designation of a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC). In addition to coaching the men’s basketball team, Carlse is also a part-time instructor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science.


Anthony Atletico became an assistant coach with the Lions men’s basketball program in 2015, returning to the University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He also holds a master’s degree in education and has been a high school teacher for the past six years. Atletico is a Level 2-certified basketball coach and is working on his Level 3. He is also a coach with Canada Basketball’s Junior Academy and has previously coached with Ontario Basketball’s Centre for Performance. He also worked at the club level as an assistant with the North Toronto Huskies JUEL team, winning a championship in 2012 and a bronze medal in 2011. He has five years of coaching experience at the high school level, serving as the head coach at Bill Crothers Secondary School and St. Elizabeth Catholic High School.




FOURTH-YEAR GUARD HAS SOMETHING TO PROVE IN RETURN TO BASKETBALL COURT There may be no member of the York Lions varsity community who is more motivated to succeed this year than men’s basketball player Nidun Chandrakumar. The 2015-16 season was a long one for the fourth-year guard, who was forced to sit on the sidelines and watch his team all year after academic difficulties the previous season prevented him from being eligible to play. While the experience was a tough one to go through, it ultimately had a positive effect on him. “What happened last year ended up being the best year of my life. When I first found out that I couldn’t play I was really upset and the first few weeks were hard, but I’ve grown so much and it changed my whole perspective on life. I understand now that everything happens for a reason and you need to take that and run with it. “I am so motivated this year! Now that I know what it’s like to not be able to play basketball every day, I go hard at every practice.” He has a lot to prove and will get his chance this year as a veteran player on a young team brimming with talent and confidence but still lacking in experience. When he last played, Chandrakumar was a role player behind a number of more senior teammates but made the most of his playing time, most notably ranking third on the team in field goal percentage in his last year. Now, he is the leader of this team and is poised for a breakout season with plenty more court time available. Chandrakumar first picked up a basketball in grade six at the urging of a neighbour, who had a basketball net in their driveway and invited him to play. It didn’t take long for him to fall in love with the sport, and he quickly chose it over a number of others he also played. Whether on a basketball court or playing something else, sports have played a central role throughout his life. “Basketball changed my whole life. Sports in general have made me the person I am today. Every job I’ve had and every person I’ve met is through sport.”

He came to York after being recruited by the Lions coaching staff out of high school and, in addition to his role on the men’s basketball team, is a familiar face to many in Athletics & Recreation as one of the students who make up the client services staff. Taking the job at the front desk is something that has enabled him to contribute to the York community in different ways. “It’s amazing to be around athletes and other like-minded people all the time and I have really enjoyed getting to know the people in this building. Everyone seems so happy here and there’s definitely a different feel at Tait then around other parts of campus.” With a renewed focus on his academics firmly in place, Chandrakumar is set to get back on the court with his teammates and begin a new era with the Lions men’s basketball team. His leadership will be crucial to a young squad that is just waiting to surprise many in the OUA.

GETTING TO KNOW NIDUN If you weren’t playing basketball, which sport would you be playing? Football – I played a lot in high school and sometimes still wish I could play.

Favourite professional athlete? Stephen Curry

Favourite food? Poutine! It has gotten me into trouble many times as a pregame meal; if we are on a road trip and there’s a poutine place nearby, I have to go.

Top three sports teams? Toronto Raptors, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs

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G • 6’4 • 193 • 2nd Year

Administrative Studies Calgary, Alta. Dr. E.P. Scarlett H.S.


• A knockdown shooter who is also tenacious on defence • Played for legendary high school basketball coach Bob Maydo and won a city championship • Earned high school’s athlete of the year award

• An athletic guard with a strong body • Can play multiple positions on the court and is a talented onthe-ball defender • Earned high school team MVP honours

G • 6’3 • 200 • 1st Year


F • 6’7 •190 • 3rd Year Kinesiology & Health Science North York, Ont. Westview Centennial S.S.

Law & Society Toronto, Ont. Emery C.I.

Year 2014-15 2015-16 Total


F • 6’8 • 205 • 3rd Year Accounting Schomberg, Ont. Villanova College / Nipissing University

• Will redshirt this season after transferring from Nipissing • Spent two seasons with the Lakers, appearing in 28 games and averaging 3.1 points and 2.1 rebounds • An outstanding rebounder who is very skilled in the paint and on the perimeter


G • 6’1 • 145 • 2nd Year Biophysics Scarborough, Ont. Senator O’Connor College School

Year GP PTS REB AST BLK STL 2015-16 5 3 1 0 0 0 Total 5 3 1 0 0 0



• A guard with a high basketball IQ • Helped senior boys’ basketball team reach the city finals in last year of high school • Earned highest grade in graduating class in multiple subjects • Father, Gerard, is the associate coach of the Lions

• An athletic guard who provides solid on-theball defence • Won seven total city championships in high school, four in basketball and three in football, and also won gold and silver medals at OFSAA with football team • Earned first-team all-city and all-district honours in football and basketball in final year of high school

G • 6’3 • 171 • 1st Year Kinesiology & Health Science London, Ont. Catholic Central H.S.


Communications Studies North York, Ont. Sir John A. MacDonald S.S.

GP 14 20 17 51

PTS 37 84 78 199

REB 25 56 55 136

AST 11 51 31 93

BLK 1 3 7 11


• Returns to the team this season after missing all of last year • In 2014-15, ranked second on the team in assists per game (1.8) and third in field goal percentage (43.8) • A versatile guard who can play both positions • Earned high school’s athlete of the year award in 2010 after starring for the football and basketball teams

G • 6’5 • 180 • 4th Year

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Total


STL 4 12 10 26

GP 19 18 37

PTS 42 60 102

REB 24 31 55

AST 5 2 7

BLK 1 0 1

STL 6 1 7

• Started seven games for the first time and led the Lions with a 50 percent field goal percentage • His dunk against Algoma was named the seventh-best play in the CIS by Varsity Life as part of the CIS Top 15 in 2015 • Has great mobility for a big player and can defend multiple positions • Earned TDSB all-star honours in 2013


Kinesiology & Health Science Mississauga, Ont. Father Michael Goetz S.S.


G • 6’5 • 2nd Year Law & Society Scarborough, Ont. Neil McNeil H.S.

GP 14 20 17 51

PTS 37 84 78 199

REB 25 56 55 136

AST 11 51 31 93

BLK 1 3 7 11


• Earned a spot in the line-up this season after redshirting last year • An outstanding passer who is also a threat to shoot the open three • Won multiple tournament championships with high school and club teams

G • 6’2 • 165 • 1st Year

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 Total


STL 4 12 10 26


• Appeared in all 19 games as a rookie guard after redshirting in first year at York • Led all Lions freshmen in points (6.5), rebounds (3.2) and assists (1.5) per game • An outstanding athlete who can finish above the rim • Has a presence on the glass at both ends of the court • Three-time team MVP in high school




• Spent one season at Northland Community & Technical College, starting 22 games for the Pioneers and averaging 13.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and also earned multiple academic awards • A tenacious defender F • 6’5 • 210 • 3rd Year and rebounder who Liberal Arts & Professional Studies plays his role for the Toronto, Ont. team St. Joseph S.S.



F • 6’10 • 260 • 2nd Year Physics Liphook, England Bohunt School / North Iowa Area Community College

• Spent one season at North Iowa Area Community College, starting nine games for the Trojans and averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 2.4 minutes per game • Helped the Trojans win the Division 3 Men’s South Conference championship in 2015 • A physical centre who can score in the paint and offers rim protection and rebounding


G • 6’2 • 210 • 1st Year Criminology Toronto, Ont. Wesley Christian School




• A versatile athlete who can play all five positions • Has great length and a high basketball IQ • A team-first player who brings great energy to the court

• Will redshirt this season • A forward with strong shooting skills • Is a great teammate and brings a positive energy to the line-up

G/F • 6’5 • 175 • 1st Year

F • 6’4 •195 • 1st Year

Kinesiology & Health Science London, Ont. John Paul II C.S.S.

Kinesiology & Health Science Toronto, Ont. Beamsville District S.S.




• Will redshirt this season after making the team as a walk-on • A great team player who can knock down the open three • Won back-to-back OFSAA championships with high school team G • 6’2 • 180 • 1st Year

F • 6’5 • 210 • 3rd Year

Schulich School of Business Vaughan, Ont. Vaughan S.S.

Administrative Studies Maple, Ont. St. Thomas of Villanova College / Acadia University


• Will redshirt this season • A point guard with a great handle • Has a high basketball IQ • Went to high school in Kentucky, winning multiple tournament MVP honours and helping team win the F • 6’5 •240 • 2nd Year National Association Geography of Christian Athletes Scarborough, Ont. (NACA) national St. John Paul II C.S.S. championship in 2015 Year GP PTS REB AST BLK STL 2015-16 16 82 49 4 3 3 Total 16 82 49 4 3 3


• Appeared in 16 as a rookie forward, averaging 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game • A strong frontcourt player who can score on the block or from the perimeter • Helped high school team reach the OFSAA tournament in final year • A former TDCAA bronze medalist in the discus throw • Earned high school’s athlete of the year award in 2014

• Will redshirt this season after suffering a season-ending injury this summer • Came to York from Acadia University, where he appeared in 39 games over two seasons with the Axemen and averaged 6.4 points per game • Earned AUS all-rookie team honours in 2014 • An outstanding perimeter scorer who also has great on-theball defence

STEFANO SPAGNUOLO • Will redshirt this season • An athletic guard who is a natural scorer • Father, Enzo, was a point guard with the Yeomen from 1979-84 and was inducted into the York Sport Hall of Fame in 2012

G • 6’3 • 165 • 1st Year Business Economics Maple, Ont. St. Thomas of Villanova College




• A tenacious athlete who is a great shooter • Was high school basketball team’s MVP in 2012 and the leading scorer in 2011

• Will redshirt this season • An athletic forward who is a natural shot blocker and rebounder

G • 6’1 • 175 • 3rd Year

F • 6’9 • 195 • 1st Year

Business & Society Toronto, Ont. Upper Canada College

Sociology Brampton, Ont. St. Marguerite d’Youville S.S.

Year 2014-15 2015-16 Total

GP 7 10 17

PTS 13 10 23

REB 5 10 15

AST 5 3 8

BLK 0 0 0


STL 0 4 4


Two York University basketball legends were inducted into the York Sport Hall of Fame in September, joining an exclusive group of student-athletes, coaches and administrators who have been honoured.



Bob Bain is a basketball coaching legend who is among the most recognizable faces in the sport. He served as head coach of the York men’s basketball team for 38 seasons and, at the time of his retirement in 2010, was the longest-serving head coach at the University. During his tenure at York, Bain led the Yeomen to 11 first-place finishes in the OUA East Division and six conference championships (1978, 1980-82, 198485), and he also took his team to the CIAU national championships eight times, winning bronze medals in 1978 and 1979. He was twice named the national coach of the year and was a nine-time conference coach of the year award winner, and throughout his career he coached 14 CIS all-Canadians, 80 OUA all-stars and five York athletes of the year. Including exhibition, regular season and playoff games, Bain coached the Yeomen to more than 700 victories in his career and his teams made the playoffs in 35 of his years at the helm. In addition to his head coaching role, he was a senior lecturer in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science.

Mark Jones helped lead the York men’s basketball team to three OUAA championships (1981, 1984-85) and two silver medals in his five years with the team (1980-81, 1982-86). During his career he was one of the top players in the OUAA, earning conference second-team all-star honours in 1984 and 1985 and capping his career with a first-team all-star nod in 1986. A prolific guard for the Yeomen, he still ranks among the program’s top five all-time in total assists and steals. After graduating from York, Jones moved into broadcasting and has built a tremendous career, first with TSN from 198690 before moving on to work for ESPN, where he has covered college football and basketball, as well as the NBA and WNBA. Jones joins his older brother Paul, who was inducted in 2009, in York’s Sport Hall of Fame.


SOPHOMORE GUARD POISED FOR BREAKOUT SEASON Jayden Frederick is not yet a name many OUA basketball fans are familiar with, but the sophomore guard and his York Lions coaches believe that will change this season. He came to York in 2014 as a talented but undersized guard who needed time to develop his game, and so he redshirted his first year to give him time to learn the speed and physicality that is required to excel in basketball at the OUA level. He admits not playing immediately was a tough adjustment but one that he needed. “It was hard not playing at first but I knew I wasn’t good enough to play at this level right away. I came here at 17 and I was so skinny! I needed to get bigger and also gain more confidence. I’ve worked really hard on the mental aspect of the game, I think about that a lot because that’s what was holding me back before. I still have a long way to go but I’m getting there.” Frederick got his chance to play for the Lions last season and he made the most of the opportunity, appearing in all 19 games as a rookie and averaging 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Significant turnover in the line-up during the off-season has left some big holes to fill and he is poised for a breakout year as a sophomore with more playing time available to him. His one year as a redshirt taught Frederick a lot about patience and how to be ready when his name was called, and he is able to see now the process in place and how it helped him blossom into a key starter for the team. He is also now one of the young veterans on the team and is being asked to help guide his younger teammates, especially this year’s redshirts.

I grew a lot in the summer going into grade 11 and being taller gave me so much more confidence.” Frederick’s game really started to take off after that and he earned three straight high school team MVP awards while playing at Neil McNeil High School in his hometown of Scarborough, Ont. He also played club basketball under Gerard Carlse, a Lions assistant coach, and made his way to York through that connection. His career with the Lions is just beginning but he is already dreaming about what he wants to accomplish in the sport and at York.

“I talk to them about being confident and tell them about my experience and how I got to where I am now because I was in their shoes not that long ago.”

“I want to graduate because that is the biggest reason why I am here. After that, I definitely want to go play professionally in Europe for a bit and I haven’t thought much past my playing days. I can’t imagine my life without basketball, it’s all I’ve known for so many years!”

Frederick first picked up a basketball to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, who was already playing the sport. He wasn’t that big to begin with but a growth spurt in high school gave him the motivation he needed to begin working hard on his game.

He has plenty of time to figure out what he wants to do when his time at York is finished, but for now, Lions men’s basketball fans are just beginning to see what Frederick is capable of on the court and the future is bright for his career.

“I started to take basketball seriously when I was in grade 10. Before that I was really short and didn’t work nearly as hard at it. But

GETTING TO KNOW JAYDEN Favourite food? Spaghetti and meatballs Pre-game ritual? I have to listen to music that pumps me up. If I’m not amped up, I really don’t play well. Favourite professional athlete? Kobe Bryant If you weren’t playing basketball, which sport would you play? I would be a runner.

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CIS AWARDS CIS BRONZE MEDALS (SINCE 1962) 1978-79, 1977-78 CIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR / MIKE MOSER MEMORIAL TROPHY (SINCE 1974) 1980-81 – David Coulthard 1978-79 – David Coulthard CIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR / DR. PETER MULLINS TROPHY (SINCE 1987) 2004-05 – Tut Ruach 2002-03 – Dan Eves 1997-98 – Dean Labayen

CIS COACH OF THE YEAR / STUART W. ABERDEEN MEMORIAL TROPHY (SINCE 1972) 1983-84 – Bob Bain 1977-78 – Bob Bain (co-recipient) CIS OUTSTANDING STUDENT-ATHLETE / KEN SHIELDS AWARD (SINCE 1993) 2000-01 – Chris Peskun CIS FIRST-TEAM ALL-CANADIANS (SINCE 1978) 1981-82 – David Coulthard 1980-81 – David Coulthard 1979-80 – Bo Pelech, David Coulthard 1978-79 – David Coulthard, Lonnie Ramati

CIS SECOND-TEAM ALL-CANADIANS (SINCE 1978) 2006-07 – Daniel Eves 2004-05 – Daniel Eves 2002-03 – Ryan French 1985-86 – Tim Rider 1984-85 – John Christensen 1983-84 – Enzo Spagnuolo 1977-78 – David Coulthard CIS ALL-ROOKIE TEAM 2008-09 – David Tyndale

OUA AWARDS OUA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES (SINCE 1908) OUA EAST KEN SHIELDS AWARD NOMINEE 1984-85, 1983-84, 1981-82, 1980-81, (SINCE 1998) 1977-78 2000-01 – Chris Peskun 1998-99 – Chris Peskun OUA SILVER MEDALS 1986-87, 1985-86, 1982-83, 1978-79, OUA COACH OF THE YEAR 1997-98 – Bob Bain 1971-72 1991-92 – Bob Bain (co-recipient) 1985-86 – Bob Bain (co-recipient) OUA MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER IN THE WILSON CUP FINAL / KITCH MACPHERSON 1984-85 – Bob Bain 1983-84 – Bob Bain TROPHY (SINCE 1979) 1981-82 – Bob Bain 1984-85 – John Christensen 1978-79 – Bob Bain 1983-84 – Enzo Spagnuolo 1977-78 – Bob Bain 1981-82 – David Coulthard 1974-75 – Bob Bain 1980-81 – Paul Jones 1979-80 – David Coulthard OUA FIRST-TEAM ALL-STARS (SINCE 1971) 2014-15 – Nick Tufegdzich OUA MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER IN THE 2006-07 – Daniel Eves CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS / E.C. LEBEL 2005-06 – Tut Ruach PLAQUE (UNTIL 1978) 2004-05 – Daniel Eves, Jordan 1977-78 – David Coulthard Foebel 2003-04 – Tom McChesney OUA EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR (SINCE 2002-03 – Ryan French 1980) 2001-02 – Ryan French 2004-05 – Daniel Eves 2000-01 – Paul Nixon 1985-86 – Tim Rider 1998-99 – Dean Labayen 1984-85 – John Christensen 1997-98 – Dean Labayen 1982-83 – Enzo Spagnuolo 1996-97 – Wilton Hall 1981-82 – David Coulthard 1995-96 – Wilton Hall 1980-81 – David Coulthard 1991-92 – Clive Anderson, Mark Bellai OUA EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (SINCE 1990-91 – Clive Anderson, Mark 1991) Bellai 2008-09 – David Tyndale 1988-89 – Jeff McDermid 2004-05 – Tut Ruach 1987-88 – Jeff McDermid 2002-03 – Daniel Eves 1985-86 – Mark Jones, Stuart 1999-00 – Ryan French Levinsky, Tim Rider 1997-98 – Dean Labayen 1984-85 – John Christensen, Tim 1996-97 – Paul Nixon Rider 1994-95 – Byron Nugent 1983-84 – Enzo Spagnuolo, Grant 1993-94 – John Poulimenos 1991-92 – Wilton Hall (co-recipient) Parobec

1982-83 – Enzo Spagnuolo, Grant Parobec, John Christensen 1981-82 – David Coulthard, John Christensen 1980-81 – David Coulthard, John Christensen 1979-80 – Bo Pelech, David Coulthard 1978-79 – Bo Pelch, David Coulthard, Lonnie Ramati 1977-78 – David Coulthard, Lonnie Ramati 1976-77 – Chris McNeill 1975-76 – Romeo Callegaro 1974-75 – Everad Spence 1973-74 – Everad Spence 1972-73 – Bob Weppler 1971-72 – Bob Weppler

1985-86 – Tim Yawner 1984-85 – Mark Jones 1983-84 – John Christensen, Mark Jones, Tim Rider 1982-83 – Tim Rider 1981-82 – Tim Rider 1980-81 – Tim Rider 1979-80 – Paul Jones 1978-79 – Ed Siebert, Ted Galka 1977-78 – Bo Pelech 1975-76 – Ed Siebert, Everad Spence

OUA EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM (SINCE 2000) 2014-15 – Gene Spagnuolo 2013-14 – Nathan Culbreath, Phillip Cunningham-Gillen 2012-13 – Daniel Tulloch 2011-12 – Richard Iheadindu 2009-10 – Dejan Kravic, Ostap OUA SECOND-TEAM ALL-STARS (SINCE 1971) Choliy 2013-14 – Nick Tufegdzich 2008-09 – David Tyndale, John 2011-12 – David Tyndale Lafontaine 2010-11 – Dejan Kravic 2007-08 – Dalton Olinoski 2009-10 – David Tyndale 2006-07 – Jason Hoult 2008-09 – Tut Ruach 2004-05 – Tut Ruach 2007-08 – Tut Ruach 2002-03 – Daniel Eves, Jordan 2006-07 – Jordan Foebel, Rohan Foebel Steen 2001-02 – Scott McLeod 2003-04 – Ryan French 1999-00 – David Tycynski, Ryan 2002-03 – Tom McChesney French 2001-02 – Dean Labayen 2000-01 – Dean Labayen 1999-00 – Mike George 1997-98 – Chris Peskun 1996-97 – Byron Nugent, Nathan Aryev 1995-96 – Byron Nugent, John Poulimenos, Nathan Aryev 1993-94 – Wilton Hall 1992-93 – Mark Bellai 1986-87 – Mike Sherwood, Stuart Levinsky



York University’s student-athletes have been competing against rival institutions on the Canadian sports scene for over 40 years. Provincial and national team titles, combined with numerous athletes and coaches who have participated on many of Canada’s national teams, attest to the success of York’s varsity program. Since the inception of organized sports competition in 1965, York has won 173 provincial banners and 36 national titles. Athletics & Recreation offers 19 varsity sport teams that compete in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The varsity sport teams are guided by a tremendous coaching staff that is composed of NCCP certified professionals, many of whom also hold leadership positions in provincial and national sport organizations. The staff includes more than 100 dedicated full-time and part-time coaches.

ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT At York, we understand that academic and financial support are significant keys to success at the university level and we have a number of programs in place to provide all the support necessary for student-athletes to thrive.

PROVIDING ATHLETES WITH WINNING STRATEGIES (PAWS) Athletics & Recreation has placed the highest priority on supporting its student-athletes in all facets of university life, focusing specifically on helping foster success in the classroom. The PAWS Program provides tutoring across multiple subjects for all students, mentoring from senior student-athletes, academic advising through our academic services coordinator and many of our faculty, and access to our vast network of alumni.

ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS York University is committed to helping students with demonstrated financial need meet the direct education costs associated with university studies (tuition, books and mandatory course fees). Financial assistance can be provided from a variety of sources including OSAP, scholarships, bursaries, private awards and employment. Athletics & Recreation understands the importance of providing Athletic Financial Awards (AFAs) to entering student-athletes and has developed a number of awards, valued at $22,500 each ($4,500 per year up to five years). These awards are given annually to elite student-athletes that have achieved an 80% entering average and maintain a 6.0 grade point average.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING York University is one of only a handful of institutions in Canada that has two dedicated strength and conditioning coaches for its student-athletes. The Lions work closely with strength and conditioning staff, who create programs based on the needs of the athlete and coaches on high-performance lifts and movements. Team and individual workouts are available and education on all aspects of strength and conditioning is provided, including proper warm-ups and cool-downs, plyometrics, power, energy systems development, strength and flexibility.

Programs are created for both in-season and off-season workouts. Every training session is designed for the needs of the athlete and individual sport. The training phase and focus changes throughout the year and are based on the competition schedule and off-season periodization program. The strength and conditioning coaches also work closely with the athletic therapy group on rehabilitating injured players. All Lions have access to the varsity strength and conditioning centre, which is for the exclusive use of our student-athletes. Training here allows you to work in a high-performance environment where all equipment and programming is selected with the needs of the high-performance athlete in mind.

SPORT INJURY CLINIC The Gorman/Shore Sport Injury Clinic features a full staff of athletic therapists and team doctors with significant experience in the medical field, and many of the doctors are recognized as some of the top experts in the country in their specific fields. In addition to sport medicine physicians, York employs a large variety of specialists including an orthopedic surgeon, dentist, neurosurgeon, radiologist, cardiologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, osteopath, pedorthist and a mental health specialist. The team brings to York experience at multiple Olympic Games and world championships, as well as with professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports. The sport injury clinic is a teaching clinic, with students from York University’s Athletic Therapy Certificate Program completing their clinical placements under the direct supervision of the clinic manager and supervisor. Because of this, most medical care for student-athletes is free of charge. Each varsity team is assigned at least one student athletic therapist who spends the entire season with the team and attends all practices and games. Lions student-athletes also have access to a fully-equipped clinic for all of their treatment needs.


ATHLETICS & RECREATION WEAR THE BEST Visit the Pride Shop to purchase your official Lions merchandise in the lobby of the Tait McKenzie Centre! Check out our new & exciting 2016/17 selection.

LION PRIDE UNITE YORK STUDENTS FREE With the presentation of a valid YU-card at the door for all regular-season home games.

Adults $10.50 Alumni/York Staff $7.50 Seniors (over 55) $7.50 Non-York Students $7.50 Youth (under 13) Free Family Pass $40.00 Prices include taxes and $0.50 service fee. Group rates available for 10 or more paying guests. Email for details.

STAY ACTIVE, BE HEALTHY Diverse programming to meet your interests and needs. Take advantage of opportunities based on your time, skills and personal development goals. • Group drop-in fitness classes in Beat Kik, BOSU ABT, Core Circuit, Shread and more • Instructional classes in aquatics, cycling, dance, fitness, martial arts, pilates, and yoga

• Personal Training • Casual Recreation • Intramurals • Sport Clubs

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Get the coolest ticket in town! This year’s games will feature live entertainment, themed nights, surprise give-a-ways, food trucks and much more.

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2016-17 Men's basketball yearbook