Pen High grad to return to coach basketball camp

Pro coach to instruct boys camp for Penticton Summer Basketball camp

LAST YEAR UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team head coach Kevin Hanson worked with the boys  during the Penticton basketball camp at Pen High. This year it will be Pen High grad Gordie Herbert

LAST YEAR UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team head coach Kevin Hanson worked with the boys during the Penticton basketball camp at Pen High. This year it will be Pen High grad Gordie Herbert

During its first 31 years, university coaches instructed sessions for Penticton’s summer basketball camp.

This year will be different.

Pen High Grad Gordie Herbert, presently coaching in the German professional league, will head the boys camp July 29 to Aug. 1.  A premier high school basketball player, Herbert starred for both the Maggie Barons and the Pen High Lakers.

After graduating from Pen High, Herbert went on to play for North Idaho State College for two years then the University of Idaho in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. 1 for two more.  Upon graduation, he went to Finland where he played professional basketball and coached for 12 years and played for Canada in the 1984 Olympics.  Herbert has coached several European professional teams in Germany, France and Finland, winning championships with some of those clubs. He was an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors for one year.

Bruce Langford, with several of his current SFU Clan women’s team members, will be returning Aug. 12 to 15 for his 10th consecutive season.  Three years ago Simon Fraser entered the NCAA Div. 2, Great Northwest Athletic Conference.  Prior to that change, SFU played in the Canadian Interuniversity Conference.

While at SFU, Langford led his team to a Canadian university record five championships.  He also had two seasons where his Clan went undefeated.  He was named CIS National Coach of the year three times.

To register for the camp, check http://www.members.shaw.ca/flfedorak/index.html.