A longtime high school coach and staunch supporter of local basketball has joined the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s program.
Dino Gini has been named the Heat’s new player development and recruitment coach.
Gini will be a community liaison for the Heat and assist in a range of activities for head coach Darren Semeniuk.
“I want to really develop Heat basketball in the community and when the opportunity presented itself to bring a man of Dino’s talent, passion and energy into the mix, I had to take it,” said Semeniuk.
“Dino and the rest of the coaches (Kelly Broderick, Matt Heyworth and Adrian Neale), plus other community members will really help expand Heat basketball so that kids in the community will desire to suit up for UBC Okanagan.”
Gini’s role with the program will be to expand the Heat into various aspects of the community basketball scene. Gini will coach an under-17 Heat prep team, made up of valley kids, that will train in the summer and travel to various club tournaments across the Pacific Northwest.
He will also look to develop a Junior Heat Elite program and possibly help implement a Junior Varsity Heat squad.
Gini’s time and commitment helping build the local programs and players here in the Interior will naturally lead him into becoming a key recruiter for the program.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Darren and his staff,” said Gini. “I look forward to doing as much as I can to help continue to make this program the number one choice for young players all around.
“I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Gini brings with him a wealth of experience in the local basketball scene and has played a key role in the development of young basketball players in the community.
His work as head coach of the Immaculata senior girls’ team created a dynasty in high school basketball for the Mustangs who won five B.C. titles between 2000 and 2007.
He is now continuing that success with the senior boys program at Immaculata. Gini has worked with Basketball B.C. in regional and summer games programs for the past 14 years and has been the head coach of the Basketball B.C. Regional Training Centre.