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New Episode: Coleen Dufresne - Basketball Manitoba Podcast

Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast we have Coleen Dufresne. 

Colleen was the head coach of the University of Manitoba Women's program for 17 years and then served as the athletic director for another 15 years.  Additionally, she coached at the University of New Brunswick for four years before heading to Manitoba. 

During her time leading the Bisons, they achieved two U Sports Silver medals, Two bronze medals and made the national tournament nine times, and the conference playoffs every year she coached.  The pinnacle of her coaching career was bringing home three national championships with the Bisons in 1988, 1996 and 1997.  

She was named National Coach of the year three times and conference coach of the year five times.  She has coached at the World Championships and Pan American Games including bringing home a silver medal.

She is a former national team basketball player who represented Canada at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. 

Coleen was inducted as a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame with four different teams and as a Builder.  She is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and the Canada West Hall of fame Class of 2019.  She was the recipient of the YWCA "Women of Distinction" Award in the category of Recreation, Sport & Active Living in 2005.

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REMINDER TO ALL COACHES: Complete Your Respect in Sport Online Certification Today

RE-CERTIFY NOW:  Sport Manitoba Coaching is reminding all Manitoba based basketball coaches on the requirement that all coaches have to complete the Respect in Sport (RiS) recertification All coaches in Manitoba at any level are required to certify every 5 years in the program.  Manitoba was the first province to make the RiS program mandatory and we are equally proud to be the first to make recertification mandatory.  Basketball Manitoba is proud to partner with Sport Manitoba and embrace the Respect in Sport program to help ensure a safe and positive sport environment for all participants.  There is no cost for Manitoba coaches to complete this program.

If you had completed the course in or before 2011 and to maintain your status as an active basketball coach in Manitoba, you will need to complete the new online course now.  The online course itself has been greatly revamped and updated since originally launching in 2007 and touches on new topics that coaches may experience in today's game including social media, cyber-bullying, hazing, gender identification and more.  In all, the course takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete and can be completed in 20-30 minute pieces.

IMPORTANT: If you have completed the course in the past and are looking to re-certify, please use your login information used when you initially completed the course.  There are options at the point of logging in you can follow to recover your login information if needed.    

Sport Manitoba believes in being proactive in ensuring sport in our province is safe and welcoming for all participants. Respect in Sport (RiS) helps us promote those values through a simple and convenient on-line training course for coaches and sport leaders. It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport.

Respect in Sport is a mandatory on-line training program for all head and assistant coaches registered with Basketball Manitoba including at the following levels...
  • Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association Coaches
  • Peg City Youth Basketball League (PCYBL) Coaches 
  • Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) League Coaches 
  • Winnipeg Athletic Association for Youth (WAAY) Coaches
  • Westman Youth Basketball Association (WYBA) Coaches
  • All Independent Club Team Coaches
  • Jr NBA Youth Basketball Coaches (JNYB) 
  • Junior High Basketball Championships Coaches
  • Club Provincial Championships Coaches
  • Manitoba Provincial Team Coaches
  • Targeted Athlete Program Coaches
  • Manitoba Games Coaches
  • Todd MacCulloch Hoops School Coaches
  • NCCP Course Conductors
  • Plus other coaches involved with Basketball Manitoba programs not listed above

NEED TO KNOW MORE?  Read the Respect in Sport Frequently Asked Questions or visit the main RIS website.

Our commitment to ensuring that sport in Manitoba is a safe and welcoming experience for all includes providing coaches, parents and sport organizations with a tremendous line of support. The Sport Manitoba toll free sport support line is responded to 365 days of the year.

The reality is, many coaches take on more responsibility than they ever thought possible. Sometimes that means dealing with difficult, delicate and sometimes ethical or legal situations that they are not prepared for. Adults involved with sport (parents, spectators, officials, sport board members) may observe or be told about behaviours that are concerning and want advice or guidance on how to proceed/intervene.

When faced with a situation within sport and you are simply not sure where to turn for guidance or support, we strongly encourage you to use the Support Line.

For any suspected incidents of abuse, harassment, bullying and hazing, call this number immediately. A trained staff person (His name is Bruce from Change of Seasons) with decades of experience in sport related abuse prevention, risk management, dispute resolution and crisis intervention will be available to assist with questions or concerns you may have. There is also an email address connected to the line for those who would prefer this method of contact.

For support, consultation, referral or resources please call Bruce toll free 1-877-737-9875 or email


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