Karren named CCAA Coach of the Year

Karren named CCAA Coach of the Year

Brad Karren of the Lethbridge Kodiaks has been named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

He received the award at the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship banquet, hosted by NAIT in Edmonton, AB.

Karren’s Kodiaks went 24-0 to finish atop the ACAC South Division standings before sweeping through their opponents at the conference championship.

“After being upset last spring at the ACAC Championships, Karren has his team back in top form this season,” said Mai-Anh Nguyen, CCAA Women’s Basketball Convenor. “They have been unstoppable and Karren's Kodiaks are a team to watch this week at Nationals.”

Pre-season preparation and focus played a significant role in Lethbridge’s undefeated regular season, as has an improved work ethic.

Karren ensures each athlete, no matter the skill level, reaches their athletic potential.

While many of his players have received ACAC All-Conference and CCAA All-Canadian awards, Karren is as proud of his student-athletes who have earned ACAC Academic All-Conference and CCAA Academic All-Canadian honours.

But the most important role Karren has is teaching his players how to be successful and happy in life, teaching them how to be good teammates and how to live with integrity and confidence.

Karren coaches basketball camps for all ages and is also involved with boys and girls club teams in the community during the off-season.

CCAA Coach of the Year winners receive a customized ring provided by Jostens Canada, the Official Ring Supplier of the CCAA Championship Awards Banquet.

For a full list of this year’s award recipients, visit the official site of the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship.


R. Sadaghiani


Remy Simpson


Trevor Williams


Mark Forward


Capilano Blues


St. Lawrence Vikings


Dawson Blues


MSVU Mystics

Sadaghiani guided Capilano to a 16-2 record and first-place finish in the PACWEST. He stresses strong defence and as a result, the Blues allowed the fewest points per game in the conference. Sadaghiani is determined to build strong leaders on and off the court. He is also the Executive Director and Head Coach of the 3D Basketball Academy in North Vancouver. More than 100 players from the Academy have gone on to play basketball at the post-secondary level.

  Simpson is a natural mentor and continues to actively support the CCAA’s objective to increase the number of women involved in coaching. This season, he actively mentored Lacey Knox as part of the CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program. He is a reflective and intentional leader who has developed a basketball pathway in Kingston from grassroots “Small Ball” clinics, athlete recruitment, and varsity programming through alumni engagement and coach development.
  Williams led Dawson to a 14-2 record and tie for first place in the always competitive RSEQ. He is a strong believer in using positive learning through sport. Williams operates youth summer camps, where he hires his players to work. This gives his student-athletes financial responsibility and the opportunity to continue working on their game. He is the President of the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation, whose mission is to keep youth off the street using sport and community involvement.
  Forward guided the Mystics to a 15-3 record and second-place finish in the ACAA. He is committed to building a strong program at The Mount. The MSVU graduate is very personable and cares about his student-athletes, whom he encourages to give back to the sport and inspire others. Besides facilitating numerous camps and clinics, Forward runs a Women’s League each spring that brings together some of the best players in Halifax.