Jul. 05, 6:00 p.m. EDT

Meet Our Coaches

All of our Burloak coaches are instrumental in creating, implementing, and sustaining a culture where the entire team is happy to come to work. Throughout the years, each of our coaches has dedicated their free time to share their knowledge of the game with the next generations of players. 


Ryan Bekker

Ryan has 7 years of D1 Ontario basketball experience. The former NCAA & CIS recruit has been professionally praised on his defensive abilities on eventual NBA players like Jamal Murray and Ignas Brazdeikis. 

Stephen Kofi

Stephen is a former collegiate athlete who played his University football at McMaster University and captured a Vanier Cup National Championship. Stephen has always had a passion for the sport of basketball and played from Grade 5 until his senior year of high school. Attending the high school of St, Ignatious of Loyola, Stephen was a part of two OFSAA Quad A finalist teams. While playing point guard, Stephen's knowledge of the game expands to all positions on the court. Currently, Stephen is a certified personal trainer and deals with a variety of people including student athletes. Stephen has years of coaching experience of assisting students athletes reach their potential talent and flourish in their abilities.

Shaun Lovell

Shaun Lovell brings over 3 years' experience of coaching rep basketball.

He started out as an assistant coach at the U18 level, then taking on the role as head coach at various age groups.

He also works as a skills development coach at IBSA.  As a former CIS athlete, Shaun has been around many successful athletes who have excelled at a high level. He prides himself on developing athletes to reach their full potential, and is constantly reaffirming the importance of a positive mindset. He is excited to join Burloak Basketball as the U15 head coach.


Chris Denley

Chris Denley is the head of Burloak Basketball. With over a decade and a half of coaching experience, Chris has decided to create the club with the vision of creating a more enjoyable environment for players than traditional city clubs can offer. Most recently, Chris has won the U15 OBLX championship and has won multiple division "A" championships. Chris is known for helping players achieve their highest potential as evidence in the amount of CIS and NCAA caliber players that graduate out of his systems. 

Steve Houston

Former guard for SLC men's basketball, Steve brings multiple years of experience playing college basketball and coaching high school. Steve also has experience with college prep. Coach Houston teaches NCAA man-to-man defensive principles and multiple types of offensive systems to prepare athletes for the next level. Using his U sports and CCAA connections, Steve is a great coach for the U19's, helping players move on to the post-secondary level of play. 

James Carlin

The former Sheridan Bruin is bringing his expertise to the Burloak Bruins. James is a 2x OCAA champion and 2x CCAA silver medalist. James also offers 8 years of coaching experience and continued playing experience.

Hugh McLarty

A former member of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Varsity basketball team, Hugh McLarty brings a high level of understanding and knowledge to the U17 Burloak Basketball program. Not only does Hugh know what it takes to get to the next level, he has a direct line to many coaches accross Canada, competing at the college and University standard. After many years of playing basketball with the program, hugh is looking forward to translating his skills to coaching, and help players reach their basketball goals.

Want To Join Our Coaching Staff?

Please send a resume to Must have a minimum of 5 years coaching or competitive playing experience.