Our 2017 Northern Energy Basketball Coaching Team
Head Coach Ally Pilgrim
Coach Ally has represented Bezanson School in many sports including volleyball, badminton, track, cross country running and basketball. Moving on to Peace Wapiti Academy for her grade 9-12 years, she continued to excel in sports at the school and club level. Through the Wolves Soccer program, Team Alberta North, Swoosh Canada, Peace Country Thunder, Peace Wapiti Academy Titans and Northern Energy Basketball, she has represented our region on teams that have played in Whitehorse, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and across Western Canada.
Basketball has provided great opportunity for growth and this past 2016-17 season signing with the ACAC Lakeland College Rustlers has helped her continue to strive for excellence in the classroom and on the court. Learning under the guidance of Coach Chris King has helped her to build confidence and strength to take forward in to her next college season.
Ally moves in to the coaching role on our Energy team this year after two successful club seasons. She is hoping to use her experience on and off the court to help younger players realize their own potential.
Head Coach Kayla Raiwet
Coach Kayla joins our club for the 2017 season after her second year of Assistant Coaching the Charles Spencer Mavericks high school basketball ladies. Kayla has a lengthy basketball profile also, and continues to play Ladies League during the winter season in Grande Prairie.
Kayla is a multi sport athlete playing soccer, volleyball, track and badminton alongside basketball. Kayla has played basketball since Grade 7 earning the role of captain in both Grade 8 and 9 at Montrose School, then moving on to the senior team at the Grande Prairie Composite High School for her Grade 10 and 11 years. When the new school opened, she moved to Charles Spencer for her grade 12 year making captain in her final year of high school basketball. Kayla played for the Elite travel team, Swoosh Canada Basketball for two years, traveling to Chicago, Las Vegas and California.
Kayla then played ACAC basketball with the Wolves in her first year at Grande Prairie Regional College. She continues to represent her high school as an Assistant Coach with the Charles Spencer Mavericks Senior Ladies basketball team. Kayla brings experience in both coaching and playing in a post position.
Coach Emma Lainchbury
Coach Emma’s bio: I have been playing basketball for as long as I can remember and it turned into a passion of mine that I have now revolved my life around. I played for St Joes High School for 4 years and joined the Northern Energy club team for my grade 11 and 12 seasons. I was co-captain of the 2016 Energy team with Coach Ally.
Although I wasn’t expecting to play basketball after high school, my last club season with Energy created a new opportunity for me. I just recently finished my first year in the ACAC as a forward for the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves.
I love helping others improve and pursue the sport as I know the impact athletics and team sports can have on someone’s life.
Coach Emma brings experience from the forward position. She is strong and aggressive under the hoop. Like the other members of the coaching team, Emma is a dedicated student. All of our coaches understand that skill and ability on the court is as important as being dedicated to your studies as a college athlete.
Coach Lisa Deneault
Coach Lisa is a co-founder of the Northern Energy Basketball club. Although she cannot fully commit to the head coaching role for this season, her support throughout this year will help our coaching team with knowledge, experience and guidance as we move through the 2017 season.
Lisa’s Bio: I started playing basketball as a young kid in Prince George BC playing in the post but always wanting to play a guard to be like my older sibling. I played basketball for my high school team along with the BC regional teams since I was 14 including one year of summer games before moving to Grande Prairie to play College basketball. Throughout my high school career I played in more of a high post position to finally transitioning to the guard position in my final year of high school and into College. I played for two years at GPRC before a shoulder injury sidelined my playing days.
After I finished playing I decided it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community and started coaching with the Grande Prairie Regional College Women’s team and club teams through the Wolves. I moved onto coaching the Arctic Winter Games Team along with a Summer Games Team. I coach because I have such a passion for the game and I love being able to pass on my knowledge to others who love the game. When you coach you see people change for the better and the impact that a sport can have on ones life.