Shawnee holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching Studies and is the only basketball coach in Canada, male or female, with NCCP Level 5. She is currently an Assistant Coach for the Canadian Women’s Olympic Basketball Team and after a 5th place finish at the 2014 World Championships and a Gold Medal finish at the 2015 Pan Am Games and FIBA Americas, the team competed for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where they finished 6th. This past summer in Argentina, they repeated as FIBA Americas Champions and that elevated their world ranking to #5.
With a wealth of international coaching experience, Shawnee rejoined the National Team staff in 2011 after serving as an Assistant Coach at the 1994 World Championships in Australia, the 1994 Goodwill Games in Russia and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She also served as an international scout for Canada Basketball, traveling to Peru and the Dominican Republic to scout South American teams for the World Qualification Tournament. In 2011 she was an Assistant Coach with the Canadian World University Games Team that competed at the FISU Games in China and in 2012 she was named the Assistant Coach for the National Development Team that played and trained in Montenegro and Belgium.
Shawnee was the Head Coach at the University of Calgary for 18 years. She joined UC after coaching at Brandon University for two seasons. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Coach for the University of Victoria for three seasons as a full time student at the National Coaching Institute.
Back in the day:) Shawnee was a basketball student-athlete at the University of Victoria and a member of two CIS National Championship teams led by coaching legend Kathy Shields. Recently, she also worked for Basketball Alberta as the Director of Coaching Development and the Technical Director for three years. Today she is a Master Learning Facilitator for the National Coaching Certification Program where she trains and mentors both advanced and novice coaches from all sports.
Since winning matters not only in sport but also in business, Shawnee has become a sought after corporate coach, life coach, mental toughness coach and motivational speaker. Her vast experience in the elite world of sport transfers directly to the boardroom where success is talent oriented and people driven. She is currently training managers in corporate Calgary to help them lead their team to winning results.