Greg Maillet’s basketball journey began as the MVP of a high school basketball provincial championship team, Father Lacombe of Calgary, in 1983.
For much of the next decade, through multiple serious injuries, and several university degrees, he played university basketball in all regions of our country, representing St. F.X., Calgary, and the University of Ottawa, winning an OUA championship at the latter in 1993.
He started coaching as an Assistant at Ottawa U from 1994-96, then at Beijing University in China. After becoming an English Professor at the University of Regina, he gave basketball clinics for Athletes in Action and coached JV basketball at Leboldus High School in Regina.
After moving to Moncton to teach at Crandall University in 2005, he became Head Coach of Crandall Men’s Basketball, helping them to ACAA finals in 2009 and the semi-finals in 2013.
Felled by a serious stroke in 2013, Greg became Coordinator of Basketball at Crandall, contributing to the Men’s Program (which again reached ACAA finals in 2014 and 2017) off the court. During this time he also ran an off-season development program, the Crowns, which now has several graduates in post-secondary athletics.
Representing MKMBA and the Moncton area, Greg served as Head Coach as these local teams which won several Division 1 provincial championships: Mini (U-13), U-13 (2014), Bantam (2015), Midget (2017) and Juvenile (2019).
In 2019, Maillet was again an Assistant, for BMHS Boys Basketball, and helped BMHS to their first NBIAA basketball championship. This year Maillet is an Assistant Coach with the BMHS Girls Basketball program.
Andrew MacPherson’s basketball coaching career spans nearly 25 years.
Andrew started his coaching days in Fredericton at Albert Street Junior High and spent a year each at Hillcrest Middle and as coach of the NBIAA provincial finalists, Tantramar High Senior Girls.
But it was at Moncton High School where Andrew left his biggest imprint. He was a head coach at the school for no less than 20 years, the first three years at the helm of the Junior Varsity Boys Team, and the last 17 as the coach of the MHS Senior Boys Team.
His MHS squads were always competitive, known for their hard work ethic and smart play. Under Andrew’s direction, his MHS teams had four Final Four finishes, three Eastern Conference championships and a host of tournament wins, including the Miramichi Hoop Classic (twice), Thunder Valley Classic, The Ganong (twice), Medeval Madness (twice), The Gray Cup in P.E.I., The Dairytown Classic, and the Irving Oil Men’s Hoop Classic in 2013.
For his bench accomplishments, Andrew was named as NBIAA Boys Coach of the Year in 2008-2009. But he will readily admit he didn’t do it alone, working with three different staff managers, 15 student managers, and six different assistant coaches, including the last 10 years working with Dino DiBonaventura. His most recent coaching exploit was guiding the MKMBA Junior Mini Boys Provincial Team (U10) in 2018-2019.
Andrew says he has seen both ups and downs in his coaching career. The low point as a teacher/coach/human being – the Bathurst High School crash. The high point? “Working for 23 years with student athletes in a competitive setting, including 20 years with some of the best kids MHS has to offer.”
Andrew says he is most proud of the many student athletes who have gone on to become informed, respectful and vital members of the community.