BCB Coaching Staff

Basketball Cape Breton runs a number of programs throughout the year for hundreds of players from around our region by engaging talented coaches . There are opportunities for beginner and advanced coaches with our recreational and rep programs. Coaches can become involved by joining or rejoining our annual spring league, participating in skills clinics and assisting in the running of camps. BCB also can offer upgrading and certifications through Basketball Nova Scotia.

Coaching can have a major impact on a child's life. If you are interested in coaching at the recreational or rep level, please apply here on our website.


Featured Coaches:

Dennis Stapleton

Coach Stapleton brings a wealth of experience and talent to our training camps and to our U16 Boys competitive team. 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 not only serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Rep Basketball, but also maintains a high level of comittment to BCB's U16 summer 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. He remained with the Caper's for the season and has since rejoined the coaching staff for the 2018-2019 season.

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 Capers. 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. Timmons is now with the U14 bantam age group and continues to devote her time and energy to developing our female players.

Coaching Resources:

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

2019 Recreational Spring League Scoresheets

2019 Recreational Spring League Rules

BCB 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