Cambrian women welcome new hoops coach

by Community Submission | June 8, 2015

Nambogga Sewali

Nambogga Sewali will step in as head coach for the Cambrian College women’s basketball team this fall. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambrian College’s Golden Shield varsity women’s basketball team will be guided by a new head coach this fall. Nambogga Sewali brings a fresh perspective to the women’s basketball program, with experience on the courts as a varsity player for Brock and Laurentian University, and as a coach since 2005.

Sewali is excited to take on this new challenge and said her strongest asset is her ability to communicate and relate with young women.

“I love basketball, and I have always been a student of the game,” Sewali said. “I really enjoy teaching new moves, and I love motivating young women to make better decisions on the court by analyzing how things could have played out differently.”

The new coach said her players can expect to train hard, with a serious focus on fitness, strategy, and skill development. However, the self-described joker guaranteed her players will laugh a lot along the way.

“Like any sport, basketball is not meant to be easy, but I want to encourage all young women who are thinking of playing varsity to talk to me, and to try out in September,” Sewali said. “Don’t close the door, because if you don’t try out, you won’t know what could have been.”

Sewali will have big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of Bruce Cowtan, who lobbied to create a women’s varsity basketball program at Cambrian, and has been coach since the team’s 2011-12 inaugural season.

Sewali began coaching in 2005 with the boys’ basketball team at her high school, while she was a player on the girls’ squad. She has been coaching with the Sudbury Jam basketball program since 2013, and has also coached other girls’ teams in Sudbury and in her hometown of Toronto, at a variety of levels.

At 26 years old, Sewali expects she will relate well with her squad, who will be balancing academic demands along with varsity training and touring. She’s currently continuing her education at Laurentian University, earning a Bachelor of Commerce to compliment her degree in Business Communication from Brock.

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