"We’ve got a guy that knows what it takes, the calibre of player, the commitments, all of those things that are required to run a program with that success. He comes from a community that is a little bit smaller than Prince George, about 50,000, and considering where it is and the climate, I don’t think we’re getting somebody who won’t adapt to our city or the climate.The man's he talking about is Mike Raimbault, who was at Brandon the past three seasons, two as assistant before taking over as the head man last season. (BU ultimately hired former Bobcats star Keith Vassell as the permanent coach.)
"Potentially we’ll have a guy who will put his roots here and can build here for a long period of time." -- UNBC athletic director Len McNamara
UNBC, in Prince George, is angling to join Canada West in 2010-11. Ideally, being able to tap into Raimbault's experience at a leading basketball school such as Brandon -- where you have to know how to recruit nationally, since it's a smaller community -- will help them show they're legitimate.
Come 2010, the two most recent Brandon coaches, Raimbault and Fraser Valley's Barnaby Craddock, could be matching wits on the sideline.
New UNBC men’s coach brings CIS experience (Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen)