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Former Clipper takes over women’s basketball program

Will Con, an alumnus of Briercrest College will be at the helm of the women’s basketball program next season.

“It feels incredible,” said Con. “It is one of my dreams that I didn’t think would come true.”

Con has a background in basketball and coaching. He was the captain of the men’s team for two seasons and was an assistant with the women’s team for two years.

He also served on the student body as a residential assistant, student body board member and was student body president in 2010-11.

“I am pleased that Will is stepping in as our women’s basketball coach,” said Nigel Mullan, athletic director in a release. “I am excited to have Will’s energy entering into the program as a head coach as I think he bring great ideas to the role.”

Chad Romanuk was the coach for a couple of years, but left the team at the end of this season. The position was posted on the Briercrest website and Con applied a couple months after the posting date.

“I saw that the position was still up after three months. My wife works at the school and she told me the position was still up and that she thought I should apply,” said Con. “I applied and had a quick meeting and with that, I think Nigel was very excited about my willingness to learn and the strategies that I would bring to the table.”

Con is originally from Tsawwasen, B.C. and has been a part of the Briercrest College community since 2008. He has a bachelor of arts in theology, obtained in 2012. He then began working towards a master of arts in leadership and management from Briercrest Seminary.

Since Con is taking over at the helm, he also wants to change how things are done in the program. Those changes will come through his coaching philosophy.

“One of the things that I am looking to do is changing the culture. I believe that the girls don’t tend to compartmentalize like men do. So, in basketball, school and life, it we need to put more focus on success,” said Con. “I will be using verses from the Bible, specifically Matthew 18-22. That speaks about forgiveness when others deceive you or when others take advantage of you.”

The women’s program has gone through some ups and downs in recent years, as they play against stronger teams with bigger talent pools available. Con wants to bring in new tactics that will make them more successful.

“I want to bring zone defence to the program. One of the things for next year is that we have a bunch of girls who are quick and strong. I believe that our fast break offence will be crucial to our success next year,” he stated. “I believe that the ACAC is a strong league, but at the same time, I believe that we have some very strong girls who know how to work together and will be successful using a zone defence.”

The ACAC is splitting into two divisions left year — North and South. Briercrest will be in the south division.

“I believe that we have a great chance to make provincials this year,” said Con. “That would be my goal to get us there.”

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