Basketball royalty returns to Fanshawe
London Community News
Fanshawe College’s women’s basketball bench bosses are keeping it all in the family.
On Thursday (Aug. 29), Fanshawe’s Manager of Athletics Nathan McFadden announced Bill Carriere as the new head coach for the basketball team. Joining him will be his wife Theresa as the squad’s assistant coach and his daughter Nicole as the associate coach.
Bill isn’t exactly a new Fanshawe Falcon coach. He was part of the Falcons' coaching staff from 1987 to 1994, where he ran up a 64-26 record and led the team to four Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championships.
Fanshawe has only won three provincial titles in Bill's 19-year absence.
He was also named OCAA Coach of the Year three times and awarded the Canadian college coach top honour once to help pad his case to be inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame as a bench boss.
Theresa returns to the women’s basketball team after a two-year stint from 1987 to 1989 as head coach and an assistant from 1983 to 1986. She also played point guard for three years with the Falcons (1983 to 1986) and won two gold medals and one silver medal at the provincial championships, and was also inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame as a member of the All-Millennium Women’s Basketball Team.
Nicole graduated from Fanshawe this year where she played on the school’s basketball and soccer teams. During her time at the London college she won two pieces of school hardware in the Jim Matchett Award — given to someone contributing to the Student Athletics Program while achieving a significant academic standing — and the Les Zoltai Award — presented to a student who is actively involved with student life at the college and has made a significant contribution while participating in intercollegiate, intramural or campus recreation programs and Student Union activities.