March 16, 2016 – Ajay Sharma of the Humber Hawks has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
Sharma received the award this evening at the 2016 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship banquet, hosted by St. Clair College in Windsor, ON.
He guided the Hawks to a perfect 18-0 record and first-place finish in the OCAA’s West Division. Humber scored 144 more points this season, while holding opponents to 52 fewer points.
“The CCAA has a tremendous role model in Sharma, who has restored the Humber Hawks into a top-tier National program while developing outstanding student-athletes under his direction,” said Thom Gillespie, CCAA Women’s Basketball Convenor.
Sharma sets his players up for success on and off the court. He is active in helping his student-athletes network and prepare for life after college through career planning and community outreach. Every year the Hawks Women’s Basketball program volunteers with Residence Move-In Day and a Seniors Picnic.
Throughout his career, Sharma has coached at almost every level. Last fall, he organized a shooting clinic at Humber that featured some of the most gifted minds in basketball including Duane Casey, Hubie Brown, and Geno Auriemma.
Sharma also helps a wide range of players develop their skills, both on and off the court, through the Ontario Basketball Association.
“Sharma focuses on setting high goals, academic and team character standards and giving back through coaching,” said Munro. “The CCAA is proud to have coaches like Sharma who contribute so much to their sport both inside and outside the CCAA.”
CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.
|Courtney Gerwing||Chris King||Faisal Docter||Matt Gamblin|
|Douglas Royals||Lakeland Rustlers||Diablos de Trois-Rivières||Mount Allison Mounties|
|Gerwing led the Royals to an 18-3 record and second-place finish in the PACWEST, earning 10 more points than the previous season. The Douglas coaching staff ensures the preparation of its student-athletes for competition and life beyond basketball. The Royals initiated or participated in more than 10 community service events this season. Gerwing is a Coaches of Canada member and a current co-head coach of the North Vancouver School District’s basketball academies.||King guided the Rustlers to a perfect 24-0 record and first-place finish in the ACAC’s North Division. He can be found in the gym during early morning non-technical training sessions, working with his players on personal fitness and strength levels. King is a firm believer in student-athletes giving back to the community by teaching skills to local kids. He is also a mentor coach at the Ponoka Basketball Academy and coaches at various local clinics.||Docter led the Diablos to a 15-3 record and a tie for first place in the RSEQ with powerhouse Sainte-Foy and Montmorency, one year removed from a 7-9 season. He works at preparing his players technically so they can respond to any situation in a game. Docter invested his time beyond the court, helping his student-athletes with all important life skills. He also acts as representative for the region with the Basketball Federation of Quebec.||Gamblin guided the Mounties to a 13-5 record in the ACAA, a 10-point improvement over last season. Mount Allison made notable improvements both on the defensive end of the floor and rebounding. Gamblin teaches his student-athletes to balance both academics and basketball with a high degree of accountability, making sure they meet the academic rigors of the university. He is an assistant coach with the Basketball Nova Scotia program and also runs his own camps and training sessions.|
The CCAA is a national sport organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport.