Ray Green 2012-2013 WMBA Coach of the Year

Updated Wednesday June 26, 2013 by Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association .

The Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association is pleased to announce that Ray Green has been named the 2012-2013 recipient of the WMBA Bruce Russell Coach of the Year Award. 

Ray has been coaching in the WMBA for 5 years years and this spring he coached 12 year old boys out of Roblin Park. 

Quotes from nominations:

Ray has taught all players to respect the rules of the game, opposing team members and referees.  Ray is extremely organized.... he is always punctual with a pre-game/ practice plan. Ray is extremely patient and calm and is rarely heard during games. Despite this he has the ability to communicate positively and encourage his players. 

Upon receiving notifications that h had been named the WMBA Coach of the Year, Ray commented: I am extremely honored to receive this award.  The best part of coaching is seeing the progress that each team member makes over a season and year to year - not only as players but also in becoming young ambassadors for sport.  We may think coaches do all the teaching but every one of the players I have worked with has taught me something about coaching.  I would like to thank them, their families, all the coaches I have worked with, my own family and everyone associated with the WMBA."

The award recognizes a coach who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to Fair Play, shows exemplary commitment to the team, serves as a model for other coaches to emulate and demonstrates concern for players outside the game. Prior to the selection committee seeing the nominations, all names and club references are removed to eliminate any biases in making the decision. In all, 7 WMBA coaches were nominated for the award – all very deserving in their own right for the recognition.

The Bruce Russell Memorial Coaches Award has been established by the Winnipeg Minor Basketball Association in partnership with Waverley Heights Community Centre to recognize Bruce Russell's outstanding commitment to his role as a basketball coach and his unbridled enthusiasm for the philosophy of the league. Regrettably, Bruce passed away as a result of cancer in April 2001. 

Bruce had a tremendous passion for the game of basketball. He played the game for over 20 years, first at the high school level for St. Paul’s and Dakota, and then annually in the Greater Winnipeg Men's basketball League. A very good player in his own right, Bruce's true calling was coaching. 

Bruce took up coaching duties in the 1999 WMBA season for the 8&9 Coed Waverley Heights Warriors, a team his daughter played on. Bruce's patience, experience and attention to practice drills helped the team learn the fundamentals of the game. His commitment to fair play made sure all the kids participated and had a positive experience playing in the WMBA. Although they lost more games than they won that season, it was evident the kids had fun and the coach had tasted true success when he said, “I love the feeling you get when you see the kids play.” 

For more information on the Bruce Russell Award, CLICK HERE.

The award will be formally presented to Ray by members of the Russell family at the WMBA’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday June 25, 2013. The meeting will be held at Sport Manitoba,  145 Main Street.

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