Our staff

Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA) is a program built around pillars of our community; whether that is the organizations that contribute to our program such as Centre High Campus and MacEwan Residence Services or our well rounded and dedicated staff members. We are a community minded organization that places our kids first and our staff allows us to do just that. Our staff is composed of our Executive Director, Director of Ops and our Coaching Staff. Along with our operation staff we have our advisory committee who provide guidance and support in various technical programming matters.

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Executive Director, Head Coach

Sunny is the Executive Director and the Head Coach at Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Sunny has years of experience working at the grassroots and youth performance levels and a strong track record for placing athletes at the post-secondary level. Some of Sunny’s professional resume:

Experience:

  • Head Coach, Target Athlete Strategy (TAS), Canada Basketball

  • President, Executive Director, GOOD Hoops Club

  • Assistant Coach (17U Boys), Alberta Basketball

  • Head Coach, Senior Boys, Lillian Osborne High School

  • Head Coach, Senior Boys, Allendale Junior High School

  • Varsity Athlete, MacEwan University

Education:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, MacEwan University

  • Masters of Sport Management, Universitat Autonóma de Barcelona

Certifications:

  • Train to Compete (T2C), NCCP Level III

  • Train to Train (T2T), NCCP Level II

  • Learn To Train (L2T), NCCP Level I

  • FUNdamentals

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Director of Operations

Ryan is the Director of Operations for Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Ryan brings years of USport, grassroots, and youth performance level coaching experience. Some of Ryan’s professional resume:

experience:

  • Assistant Coach, MacEwan University

  • Vice President, Director of Operations, GOOD Hoops Club

  • Graduate Assistant, University of Alberta

  • Lead Clinician, Breakthrough Basketball

  • Junior Boys, McNally High School

  • Senior Boys, Ottewell Junior High School

Education:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, MacEwan University

  • Masters of Coaching, University of Alberta

Certifications:

  • Train to Compete (T2C), NCCP Level III

  • Learn to Train (L2T), NCCP Level II

  • FUNdamentals

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ADAM BOYD

Associate Head Coach

Adam is the Associate Head Coach for Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Adam brings years of USport coaching experience along with time playing at the college level. With his focus being on on mental player development and leadership training.​  Some of Adam's professional resume:

Experience:

  • Assistant Coach, MacEwan University

  • Assistant Coach, Target Athlete Strategy (TAS), Canada Basketball

  • Assistant Coach, GOOD Hoops Club

  • Head Coach, Junior Griffins Program

  • Lead Instructor, Junior Griffins Camps

  • Varsity Athlete, MacEwan University

education:

Varsity Career:

  • Most Improved (2011), MacEwan University

  • ACAC Academic Team (2013-2014), Macewan University

  • CCAA Academic Team (2013-2014), MacEwan University

  • Team Captain (2013), MacEwan University

  • Bachelor of Arts, MacEwan University

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Assistant Coach

Graham is an Assistant Coach for Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Graham brings years of high school coaching experience along with a strong multisport background to WCPA. Graham's focus will be on systems, player development and analytics.​  Some of Graham's professional resume:

Experience:

  • Senior Boys, Spruce Grove Composite High School

  • Junior Boys, Spruce Grove Composite High School

  • Assistant Coach, Target Athlete Strategy (TAS), Canada Basketball

  • Assistant Coach, GOOD Hoops Club

education:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Alberta

Coaching Career:

  • City Championship (2018), Senior Boys, Spruce Grove Composite High School

  • City Championship (2015), Junior Boys, Spruce Grove Composite High School

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Skills Trainer

Blain is the Skills Trainer for Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Blain brings years of playing professional basketball internationally, and coaching at the college and high school level.  Some of Blain’s professional resume:

Experience:

  • Court Director, Nike Basketball Combine

  • Camp Coach, Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp

  • President, Enhance Basketball Academy

  • Organizer, Urban Hoops Basketball Camp

  • Lead Assistant Coach, NAIT Ooks

  • Varsity Athlete, University of British Columbia

professional Career:

  • Quetarro Cometas 1, Mexico

  • Edmonton Energy (IBL), Canada

  • China (Pro)

Varsity Career:

  • All Canada Camp (2001)

  • Canada West Champion (2007), UBC

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LYNDON TAYLOR

Assistant Coach

Lyndon is an Assistant Coach for Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Lyndon is a former 2 Sport athlete at the USport level having played both Basketball and Football for the University of Alberta Golden Bears.​  Some of Lyndon's professional resume:

Experience:

  • Junior Boys, Bev Facey High School

  • Assistant Coach, GOOD Hoops Club

  • Varsity Athlete (Basketball), Lakeland College

  • Varsity Athlete (Basketball), MacEwan University

  • Varsity Athlete (Basketball and Football), University of Alberta

education:

  • EMT-P - Emergency Medican Technician (Parademic)

Varsity Career:

  • National Black Coalition Award

  • CanWest Champion (2011-2012, 2013-2014)

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DANE PHILIPENKO

Assistant Coach

Dane is an Assistant Coach for Western Canada Prep Academy (WCPA). Dane is just finishing up his final year of eligibility and playing before transitioning into teaching and coaching.​  Some of Dane's professional resume:

Experience:

  • Senior Boys, Archbishop MacDonald High School

  • Varsity Athlete, Grand Prairie Regional College (GPRC)

  • Varsity Athlete, University of Alberta - Augustan Campus

education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology

Varsity Career:

  • Rookie of The Year, Grand Prairie Regional College (GPRC)

  • Team Captain, Grand Prairie Regional College (GPRC)

  • Defensive Player of the Year, University of Alberta - Augustana

  • ACAC Academic Athlete Award (2017, 2018, 2019)

  • CCAA National Scholar Award (2019, 2020)

  • Dean's List and First Class Standing at University of Alberta - Augustana

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 
Our advisory committee provides us council, support and feedback on programs and plans. 

GEORGE HOYT, ALBERTA SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (ASAA)

GEORGE HOYT, ALBERTA SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (ASAA)

MARVIN DOBISH,

SPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RECREATION (SPAR) ALBERTA

GEORGE HOYT, ALBERTA SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (ASAA)

ANDREW HANSEN, YOUTH RISE (YEG)

GREG FRANCIS, ONTARIO TECH MBB, FORMERLY CANADA BASKETBALL

RAJ DHILLON, PIVOTAL PHYSIO THERAPY, ARC BY PIVOTAL