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Brad Rootes Becomes the youngest head coach in CIS Basketball

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The Brock University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce Brad Rootes as the interim head coach of the men’s basketball program. He replaces Ken Murray who retired after twenty years at the helm.

“Brad has a big challenge in front of him, but I am confident he will be highly successful,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Lorne J. Adams. “He is enthusiastic, energetic, committed and mature beyond his years. I have no question about turning the program over to his leadership for the upcoming year and I wish him every success.”

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At age 25, Rootes becomes the youngest university coach in the country.

“I am extremely honored and excited about having this opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” said Brad Rootes. “I look forward to helping build on the success the program has had in the past. I also want to continue to move the program in a positive direction as we endeavor to compete again for a National Championship.”

For the past two seasons Rootes has been the assistant coach of the Badgers where he worked on recruiting, guard play and breaking down game film.

In 2009, he was the head coach of the Ontario U-15 Team that captured gold at the Canada Basketball National Championships. In 2010, he coached the Rebels ETP U-17 Juvenile team and is currently the head coach of the Ontario U-17 squad. For the past seven years Rootes has also been a guest speaker and coach at many clinics and camps across the province.

As a player, Rootes captained the Badgers to their second CIS National Championship in school history putting his mark on a great career university career.

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In his fifth year at Brock, Rootes led the Badgers in five categories including scoring (17.3 PPG), assists (281), free throws made (183), minutes played (35.6 MPG) and steals (62). In the OUA, he finished 5th in scoring (18.8 PPG) and was 2nd in the OUA and CIS in assists (7.4 APG) and three-pointers made (63). Versus Carleton, he broke the Brock single game free throws made record going 20-for-23 from the charity stripe. He reached double figures in 36 games including nine double-doubles.

For his performance in 2008, Rootes was named an OUA first team All-Star for his fifth consecutive season becoming the first Brock player to be named a conference all-star all five seasons. He was selected as the OUA West Player of the Year and a second team All-Canadian for his second straight season.

Rootes is the all-time Brock leader in career free throws made (732-for-922) and steals (327). He also finished his university career ranked 2nd all-time in scoring (2790), assists (1173) and three-pointers made (376-for-1059).

On March 31st, 2008, Rootes was honoured becoming the fourth Brock basketball player to have his jersey officially retired joining Ken Murray, David Picton and Kevin Stienstra.

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Dave Smart steps down as Carleton men’s head coach after 14 national titles

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Dave Smart Steps Down As Carleton Mens Head Coach After 14 National Titles
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It’s the end of an era at Carleton.

The school has announced that Dave Smart, who built a dynasty that dominated Canadian university sport for nearly 20 years, has stepped down.

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Smart has accepted a new role as the university’s director of basketball operations, Carleton said in a news release.

He will be responsible for “developing the men’s and women’s basketball programs and continuing to build a culture of sport excellence,” the release said.

“Smart will provide operational support, mentorship and technical leadership to the coaching staff of both programs, and he will work with the Department of University Advancement in fundraising and community development.

“He’ll also provide mentorship to other U Sports coaches in Carleton Athletics.”

Taffe Charles, who coached Carleton’s women’s program for 12 years and won a national title in 2017-18 will succeed Smart as men’s team head coach.

“It’s been a great run,’’ said Smart in a statement.

“Coaching is my second love, my first being my wife and children. I am very thankful to the university and I am looking forward to my new role.

“This gives me an opportunity to stay involved in basketball while having more time to spend with my family.”

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Smart’s 19-year tenure at Carleton was one of remarkable dominance, with 14 national championships.

He also won a record number of coaching awards and has been active as a coach with Canada Basketball.

“Dave’s success on the court has given Carleton great national visibility and we are sincerely grateful,” said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, president of Carleton University.

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“I wish Dave all the best in his new role where he will share his ‘playbook’ with all our Ravens programs.”

Charles played on Carleton’s men’s team from 1990 to 1995 and began his coaching career as an assistant in 1995; he then served as an assistant with the men’s program from 1998 to 2007.

Since returning to the women’s program in 2007, Carleton won four U Sports Final 8 berths, four OUA East titles, and two OUA championships.

Carleton’s women’s national championship in 2018 was the first in school history.

“I am truly honoured to be entrusted as the next head coach of the Carleton University men’s basketball program,’’ said Charles in a statement.

“I look forward to the challenge of continuing the high standard of excellence that has been set by Coach Smart, his coaching staff and the players.’’

Carleton said it has launched a national search for a head coach of its women’s program.

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Kadre Gray wins second consecutive U Sports MVP

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Laurentian guard Kadre Gray took his game to another level this season.

That’s saying something.

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A year ago, Gray was the top Canadian university male athlete in any sport, the first Laurentian student to win the honour.

He led the country in assists, narrowly missed a scoring title, and — perhaps by default — also won the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as men’s basketball player of the year.

“Kadre’s work ethic continues to shine bright,” said Laurentian head coach Shawn Swords in a statement.

“He is always looking for ways to improve and refine all aspects of the game.”

If there was any doubt, Gray stifled it in his junior season.

He averaged 31 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game en route to his second consecutive Moser trophy.

“It’s an amazing accomplishment to do it once,” said Swords.

“And now, to be named MVP twice, is truly a testament to his willingness to learn and improve.

“The Kadre effect has spread throughout our community as well. It is great to see him support our local youth and realize the positive impact he has on everyone.”

Gray received the 2019 Moser trophy Thursday at a gala in Halifax, N.S., ahead of the U Sports Men’s Final 8 tournament.

University of Calgary guard Mambi Diawara, Concordia guard Ricardo Monge and St. Mary’s University guard Kemar Alleyne were also finalists for the award.

Gray was simply a cut above. He posted gaudy stats with notable efficiency, shooting 48.8 per cent from the floor.

He was also a First Team All-Canadian and played with Canada’s national team in FIBA World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil.

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Gray was the only U Sports player to participate in the qualifiers.

Other award winners:

Rookie of the Year (Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy): Alix Lochard, UQAM.

Ken Shields Award for Student-Athlete Community Service: Tanner Graham, Queen’s.

Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Anderson, Carleton.

Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year): Dan Vanhooren, Calgary.

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