CRAIG BEAUCAMP NAMED HEAD COACH OF BOYS’ U16 NATIONAL TEAM

TORONTO, ON (April 14, 2017) - Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the hiring of Craig Beaucamp as Head Coach of the boys U16 National Team.

"We are excited to have Craig at the helm of our U16 team," said Michael Meeks, Manager, Youth Player Development, who will join Beaucamp as an Assistant Coach. "His commitment to our program and technical expertise will help with the development of our age-group athletes."

Beaucamp has prior experience with Canada Basketball, serving as an assistant coach with the U18 Men's National Team in 2006, 2007, and 2016 and at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Mexico. He was also a guest coach with the Senior Men's National Team from 2013-2016.

"I'm looking forward to working with some of Canada's best young talent," said Beaucamp. "This is the first opportunity for many of these players to play on the international stage. Anytime you have the chance to represent Canada, it's both an honour and a privilege."

The Burnaby, B.C. native has spent the past 14 years as Head Coach of the University of Victoria men's basketball team, entering the 2016-2017 season with a conference record of 211-88. A five-time Canada West Coach of the Year, he has led the Vikes to two Canada West Championships (2005-2006 & 2014-2015) and three straight appearances in the USports Final 8 from 2013-2015. He was also a finalist for the Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (USports Coach of the Year) in 2012-2013.

In addition, Beaucamp is a Level Four graduate of the National Coaching Certification Program.

Beaucamp will be present at this weekend's U16 Open Identification session in Toronto and will lead the team to the FIBA U16 Championships of the Americas June 14-18 in Argentina.

Canada's youth men are currently ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the Americas.

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For more information, contact:

Bailey Williams

Manager, Communications

Canada Basketball

647.460.7976

bwilliams@basketball.ca