A familiar face to the McMaster men’s basketball program will take on a new role as the new Head Coach of the Waterloo men’s basketball team. From a spot on the Marauder roster as a guard to a seat on the staff table as assistant coach for several years before being named associate head coach, Justin Gunter has been a key member to the McMaster men’s team. Appearing in three CIS championship games in his time playing in maroon, Gunter was recipient of the team’s Most Valuable Player award the year his team won an OUA championship.
Though very active in the McMaster community, Gunter is also no stranger to the Greater Hamilton Area as he has spent years coaching the Blessed Sacrament rep men’s under-19 basketball program and has also been a coach of the Parkside High School basketball team.
Now, Gunter will assume a new role and will help his Waterloo Warriors team prepare for the regular season. Ending the previous season with six wins and 14 losses, Gunter looks forward to the challenge as he embarks on a new chapter of his career.
With two seasons as video coordinator and assistant coach with the McMaster men’s basketball team under his resume, Andrew Baillie will take on a new role, but one still close to home. His coaching capacity will still take place in Burridge Gym, but this time with the McMaster women’s basketball team. This coming season, Baillie will be the assistant coach under the leadership of head coach Theresa Burns.
As a long-standing member in the Hamilton basketball community, Baillie has coached Ancaster High School and is a teacher and Basketball Academy Director at R.A. Riddell Elementary School. He is also a coach of Blue Star Ontario, a basketball development program.
Andrew Baillie, the new staff addition to the McMaster women’s basketball team will help to improve their last season’s 15-4 conference play record.
New doors have opened for Nathan McKibbon. As assistant coach with the Marauders last season, McKibbon assisted with player development and video. He will be taking the title of the Mount Royal University women’s basketball head coach, ushering them into their fourth season with the CIS.
McKibbon, a native of Hamilton has a long list of coaching experience and has been working with women’s basketball teams for many years. Among various other teams and clubs, he has worked with Team Ontario, Transway Basketball and St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School in one basketball capacity or another. This month, McKibbon will be working Team Canada’s Junior Women’s National Team as the Performance Analyst.
With his first season as head coach approaching, McKibbon will help direct the Mount Royal Cougars team in a position of being successful in Canada West.