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Panther Hoops International Basketball Academy and Panther Hoops Basketball Society’s mission is to impact our players, families and community both on and off the basketball court through faith based programming, events and coaching. We strive to provide elite level programming and training experiences for athletes both locally and globally. Our programming will work to be unmatched in Canada, competitive with the best programs around the world, that will serve individual players, families and our community. Whether the player is ‘Grassroots’ or ‘Elite International Prep’ all players will experience an elite basketball experience through positive coaching and an encouraging team environment while they learn to Play Hard, Play Together and Play for Him.
Panther Hoops Basketball started 13 years ago with one team, that has now grown to a program that has over 100 players annually enrolled. Panther Hoops Basketball can boast having over 20 of its alumni moving on to compete competitively at the post-secondary level.
The foundation of Panther Hoops Basketball is to be a program where players can grow as individuals and athletes with well-rounded athletic instruction and guidance. Whether the player is grassroots or elite, the foundation is built on faith, hard work and teamwork. Players are getting instruction on skill development, basketball concepts, fitness, team play and game understanding.
Coach Dowell is entering his 4th season as the Head Coach after taking over in December of 2016. Coach Dowell was a two-sport athlete in University where he did High Jump as well as played basketball. With over 23 years of coaching experience Coach Dowell has coached at the high school, college, and national level, including 8 years with Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance. Coach Dowell has 2 sons, Keenan & Cody and wife Heidi.
Coach Gill has a long history in local grassroots basketball, and developing players through the FUNdamentals. Prior to joining the coaching staff in 2018, Coach Gill has been part of grassroots basketball and high school basketball for over 14 years. He has spent time with the Tri-Cities Youth Basketball League, Basketball BC, and is the co-founder of the Coquitlam West Basketball Club. Along with all this Coach Gill was also Coach at Coquitlam’s Centennial Secondary. His experience and tireless energy on all the little things are reflected in his belief that “A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player”
Coach Ma brings energy, passion and love for the game to help coach and mentor the prep team and its players. Coach Ma was the Head Coach at Fraser Valley Adventist (2012-2014) and served as an assistant and was mentored under Coach Goulet at Pitt Meadows Secondary (2014-2017). He now plays an important role as an assistant coach for BC Christian Prep since 2018.
Coach Kevin has spent most of his life around the sport of basketball and has played and coached at many different levels. After finishing his personal highschool basketball he returned to coach at his old school for 3 years as the senior boys coach where he acquired his national coaching certification level 2. He added another 4 years playing with Douglas College in British Columbia and at Acadia University, Nova Scotia.
Once his playing career was over, he spent an additional 5 years coaching college basketball as well as leading many camps and clinics for all ages.
Kevin has been with Panthers since 2018, his on court experience as a highly credible shooting guard brings a credibility to his coaching. His influence to the team is further enhanced by his related professional qualifications, he has a sport science diploma obtained at Douglas College, as well as a human kinetics degree awarded by the University of British Columbia.
Lee played as a power forward at High School in England, then represented the Royal Navy Juniors and the Naval Air Command Senior Team during his military service. Lee’s playing career continued, winning a UK National Police Championship Medal with the West Midlands Police Service.
He represented England and Great Britain Police Teams in Europe and won a British National League Division 2 Championship with Solihull Chiefs. He coached the West Midlands Police Women’s Team and was active in an inner-city community, founding and coaching youth basketball camps.
Lee emigrated to Canada in 2002 and continued his playing career with the Vancouver Police Department’s Team and helped support the Police Athletic League Basketball Program in local schools and youth programs. Lee coached in the Langley, Steve Nash League and has assisted coaches in other local programs.
Lee is married to Cindy and their twin boys, Jack and Will, are exciting prospects in the Panther Hoops International Academy Program.
Cindy was born and raised in Solihull, England and enjoyed cross country. Following school Cindy followed her passion for travel and entered the travel industry. Working for many travel consultants specialising in both individual and large group travel. She decided to join the West Midlands Police Service where she served as a beat officer, vehicle patrol officer and a specialised child protection detective. She represented the West Midlands Police Women’s Basketball Team.
Cindy still had the bug to travel, she left the police and joined British Airways as a flight attendant working both European short haul and worldwide long haul routes. Emigrating to Canada in 2002 meant a change of employment to West Jet where she worked at both Vancouver and Abbotsford airports. At Abbotsford, Cindy volunteered as the emergency management representative preparing staff for major incidents.
Cindy is also a private teaching consultant and works for the Justice Institute of British Columbia in both the International Policing Program and the Emergency Management Division as well as working for a safety company in flight safety, fire and life-raft drills. Cindy holds her Masters Degree in Intelligence and Security and enjoys being in the classroom with our budding athletes.
Cindy is the proud mother to Jack and Will who are rising stars in the International Prep program, and is married to Coach Lee who heads the U14 program.
Coach Prit has had a passion for basketball since his youth, he began his playing career at the age of 8 and continued to excel at the sport for 10 years. He played in the club/AAU system in BC through the TCYBA, Basketball BC and Drive Basketball programs which allowed him the opportunity to travel across North America to compete. He spent his high school playing career at Centennial Secondary School where he was a team captain 3 out of his 4 years. Following his playing career Prit began coaching at the grassroots, club/AAU and high school levels while pursuing an education. He now holds a bachelors degree from UBC in Kinesiology and Health Sciences and has been apart of the Panther Hoops International Prep team coaching staff since 2020. Coach Prit assists in running the teams strength and fitness program, as well as playing a role in skills coaching
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Phileseea moved to British Columbia with her son in January 2021 to start a new chapter in life. She started working with Panther Hoops as the Administrator at the same time. With a diploma in Media Communications from Humber College in Toronto, she has a passion for art and creating and continues to uses those passions in graphic design, calligraphy and hand embroidery.
While Phileseea doesn’t have a playing background in basketball, she played on the high school girls flag football team as the Fullback for 4 years and appreciates sports as a whole. When it comes to basketball, Phileseea enjoys learning and watching the players build and grow on the court, while getting to know the fundamentals that make basketball such a great sport.
CJ is lead coach for the Junior Panthers Program from ages K to Grade 8 and is extending her coaching skills to the older age groups. She is currently a full time student at Douglas College studying Kinesiology which is the study of physical health, looking to gain a sports science diploma. CJ played shooting guard for Fraser Heights Secondary School and had the intention to play at dpuglas College but injury and Covid prevented ber progress.
CJ not only coaches the Junior Panthers program but also assists more broadly for strength and conditioning training and supports the program with much needed colation of player stats and table officiating up to the International Prep Team level.
CJ describes her role to help out where she can and to gain as much experience at all levels to increase her understanding of role and to be succesful in whatever career she carves.
Coach Lapurga was born in Manila and moved to Canada at the age of 5. He began playing basketball in grade 4 and attended Pitt Meadows High School, where he played under the watchful eye of the legendary Coach Rich Goulet.
He was selected to play for Team BC in the Summer Games under Panther Hoops Coach Doug Dowell.
Coach Lapurga attended SFU to study for a Health Sciences Degree and volunteered as a coach for Burnaby North High school in 2019. He developed an opportunity for the school team to play and develop in the off season by affiliating with a local club.
Coach Lapurga and Coach Dowell have reconnected and Coach Lapurga is pleased to be assisting Panther Hoops players. He believes realistic drills and playing against tough defences in practice are essential to a players success on court.
There must be a solid foundation on which to build any house that will stand a long period of time. Understanding that your purpose is determined and facilitated by a creator is paramount in understanding that life will have many ups and downs. Overcoming adversity first and foremost takes faith and understanding.
Doing what is right may not build your popularity, however it inspires respect, confidence and support from others around you. Being a trusted player is integral when building a team or a young person’s character.
We are all called to “put our hand to the plough” to develop the necessary skills, character and confidence to fulfil our potential. Hard work promotes surety in all that you do. You may not always get what you want, but you can be assured that there was nothing else that could’ve been done to reach your goals.
Unity is an extremely important factor in building a strong team. A team with a strong sense of unity builds feelings of community between it’s players, coaches and supporters. This bond will be able to pull a team through even the most adverse conditions.
Loyalty is a key ingredient in any organisation’s success through hardship. In today’s world loyalty, commitment and trust are difficult qualities to come across and for a program, group or team to embody these character traits will set them and the people around them up for long term success.
Be the player, parent or supporter that others want to have by their side when things are difficult. Be the person who can be counted on and called on when there is a need. Do everything in your power to assist those around you. Take responsibility for all of your difficulties, as well as your success.
Success is not measured by achievements, awards or monetary gain. It is measured by how many lives are bettered by your presence. Make it your purpose to put others before yourself. We aspire for excellence in everything we do. Failure is inevitable during the road to our ambitions, but when we focus on excellence, we glorify those who have placed us in our current position.
Learn more about our commitment to player development and performance training.
Elite level coaches with youth through college experience provide training for all levels and abilities.
Specialized skill development to improve every players performance and ensure their best game.
Whether a club or elite player, being a part of a Panther Hoops team brings players together.
Players have opportunities to advance their skills and play top-teams from across BC, Canada, and the US.
Our grassroots, elite travel, and prep academy players have opportunities to play year-round.
We work with each player to identify their individual strengths and improve their overall game.
We are deeply saddened with the passing of our leader, fellow coach and friend Coach Rich Goulet. Coach Goulet was an integral part of the birth, implementation and growth of Panther Hoops International Basketball Academy. Having coached with Rich Goulet on 3 BC Provincial Teams and many development groups for players in BC over the last 25 years I can honestly say that his impact on the community and game in BC and Canada will never be forgotten. He has truly left a legacy that will impact players globally. We are thankful and blessed by the fact that he was part of this program and we will do our best to continue to share his teachings and insights with all players that are blessed to be a part of this program that he helped to form.
Rich…. You will always be loved and missed here at Panther Hoops and we will forever be thankful for your contributions to this program and its players!