BCB Coaching Staff

Basketball Cape Breton conducts a number of initiatives for more than 500 players from around our region by engaging talented coaches . BCB is pleased to work with these coaches and to offer experience, upgrading and certifications through Basketball Nova Scotia.

Dennis Stapleton

Coach Stapleton brings a wealth of experience and talent to our training camps. He began coaching basketball in 1990, starting his career with the Boys team at MacLennan Junior High School in Westmount, Nova Scotia. While at MacLennan, he built a successful program over a 10 year period before accepting a position with Riverview High School in Coxheath, Nova Scotia. He coached the Riverview Royals Boys team also for 10 years, building on an already successful program before moving onto coaching at the University level.

Stapleton coached the Cape Breton Royals Bantam and Midget Boys teams from 2010-2012 and remains dedicated to the game by lending his expertise to BCB. He is currently the head coach of the Boys Under 16 Competitive team.

Coach Stapleton has enjoyed a great deal of success in coaching, capturing 8 NSSAF Highland Regional Titles and 3 Basketball Nova Scotia Provincial titles.  He has the unique ability to elevate his players by enhancing their skills and teaching them how to play at an elite level.

In 2015, the Cape Breton University Capers Men’s team named Stapleton as their new Assistant Coach.

Luciann MacDonald

Coach MacDonald joined the Riverview Royals in the mid 2000s and played at a very high level. She earned the Most Valuable Player award in back to back seasons – 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. In those same seasons, she was a First Team All-Star as a player in the Cape Breton Women’s Basketball High School League.

In 2007, MacDonald went on to play at the university level – joining the Cape Breton University Capers where she was a member of the team to 2011. During her time with the Capers she was a 3-time AUS basketball champion and in 2011, they won the bronze medal in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Women’s basketball championships.

MacDonald was a serious competitor and played every game with great intensity and a keen sense of the court. Upon ending her successful career with CBU, she immediately wanted to help others have a similar experience with respect to achievement in basketball and team sport. She became a coach for various sporting teams for the Jeux de l’Acadie at Centre scolaire Étoile de l’Acadie. She also coached the high school JV boys – Étoile de l’Acadie – 2012-2013 and earned the status of Volunteer of the Year – Centre scolaire Étoile de l’Acadie – 2012-2013.

Her coaching career continued into 2013 as a basketball coach for Graham Creighton Junior High – Junior High Boys and Girls. In that same year, she was honoured with the Lex Bizzeth Coaching Excellence Award at Graham Creighton Junior High.

In 2014, she joined the Riverview High School Girls basketball team as an assistant coach and soon after brought her talents to the elementary school system as coach for Centre scolaire Étoile de l’Acadie (2015-2016)

MacDonald continues to play basketball and recently won the Tournament MVP and Championship in the Simon Chiasson Alumni Tournament 2016

In 2016, she joined BCB as a head coach for a mini boys team in the annual spring league. Later that season, she became the coach for the Girls U12 mini rep team, earning a silver medal at the 2017 Provincials Championships.

MacDonald is already slated in for head coach for the Girls 3 on 3 basketball – Jeux de la francophonie – Summer 2017.

Coach MacDonald is a graduate of Cape Breton University and now a Guidance Counsellor and teacher at Centre scolaire Étoile de l’Acadie.

Leslie Timmons

Coach Timmons has joined BCB in 2016 as a coach for the Girls U12 Mini rep team. She comes in with an extensive background and love for the game. In the late 1980s, she joined the Riverview Royals High School team and won a Provincial Championship in 1989, becoming the first female Cape Breton basketball team to win a Provincial Title.

In 1990, she became a member of the Nova Scotia Provincial Junior Women’s Team and soon after moved on to assume a leading role with the Cape Breton University Caper.Timmons played for the Capers for five seasons, earning female athlete of the year for 2 of those seasons. As a point guard, Timmons was a fierce competitor and elevated the play of everyone around her.

Since that time, Timmons participated as a trainer in many Caper basketball camps and returned to the school system as a junior high school coach. In recent years she has coached at the elementary school level and ran junior mini programs for BCB.

In February 2017, the BCB Girls U12 team won the silver medal at the 2017 U12 Provincials.


Coaches Toolbox
A Basketball Canada book of methods to teach fundamental movement and skills


Coaches Portfolio
The Basketball Canada guide to How to be a Better Coach by developing a Coach Portfolio as an Introduction to Competition

Basketball Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD)
The Basketball Canada guide to How to be a Better Coach by developing a Coach Portfolio as an Introduction to Competition

Drill Library





Junior Mini Practice Plans
Week 1 pdfbcb_sample_junior_mini_practice_plan_1.pdf

Week 2 pdfbcb_sample_junior_mini_practice_plan_2.pdf

Week 3 pdfbcb_sample_junior_mini_practice_plan_3.pdf

Week 4 pdfbcb_sample_junior_mini_practice_plan_4.pdf

2016 Recreational Spring League Scoresheets

2016 Recreational Spring League Rules

pdfBCB Spring League Rules.pdf

Coaches play a major role in an athlete’s life!!

We want to ensure our coaches are receiving the best training and development.

Feel free to contact Basketball Cape Breton or our elite University coaches for anything related to drills, movement or the game of basketball.

Coach Fabian McKenzie
Head Coach

Cape Breton University – Women’s Basketball
(902) 563-1874

Coach Matt Skinn
Head Coach

Cape Breton University – Men’s Basketball
Email: matt_skinn@cbu.ca

“Good coaching may be defined as the development of character, personality and habits of players, plus the teaching of fundamentals and team play.” – Clair Bee