About our Burlington Basketball Coaching Team
Burlington’s best, most experienced and qualified coaches with:
- Over 300 years of combined coaching experience at various levels
- 50 years of Halton High School coaching experience with numerous GHAC and OFSSA appearances
- A combined 100 years of provincial rep level coaching including Ontario Cup medals winners in every one of the last 11 consecutive years
- Provincial development coaches with BDP, MDP and JDP experience former university players with CIS experience from McMaster, Bishop’s, Wilfred Laurier and Brock Universities and NCAA experience with the famous Duke Blue Devils
- A fully certified staff of NCCP coaches with Level 1,2 and 3 accreditation
Matt Donnelly, Head Coach
Matt’s basketball career spanned across all levels of amateur basketball. He started in house league through the YMCA of Oakville, before moving up to the club level with Oakville Vytis & CIA Bounce.
After high school, Matt attended Wilfrid Laurier University to study business, and played 5 years on the varsity team. Upon graduation, he quickly transitioned into coaching, working with Burlington Basketball and Oakville Vytis over the last three years.
He has also coached with the Basketball Ontario TID and CP programs. He currently is a trainer at IBSA Basketball in Burlington, and is the head coach of the Oakville Vytis Major Midget boys.
“There are only two options regarding commitment… you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between” – Pat Riley
Jeff Boelhouwer, Director of Jr. NBA
A lifelong resident of Burlington, Jeff Boelhouwer attended Aldershot High School and worked as a lifeguard at the Aldershot Community pool through his high school years, while playing several sports at a very competitive level. He endorses a healthy, active lifestyle and still enjoys competing (as an aging athlete), in several team sports. After graduating from Queen’s University, Jeff worked at Syl Apps Youth Centre, a maximum security young offender facility in Oakville, where he developed skills to handle any imaginable crisis.
Jeff has coached community, school and club level sports since he began teaching in 1991. He is currently Head of Special Education at Aldershot School, where he has coached volleyball, basketball and soccer. He has also coached both soccer and basketball at the rep level, and his Burlington club basketball teams have won Division 1 Provincial Championship medals many times, including an atom girls “Division One” gold in 2007. Jeff is currently a “Learning Facilitator/Coach Evaluator” for Basketball Ontario and has traveled throughout Ontario meeting and mentoring coaches. He has run many successful basketball camps and clinics and has coached many “travel” teams in AAU style tournaments throughout the US. Jeff understands and endorses a long term athlete development model, and believes strongly in building fundamental movement skills as well as sport specific skills. He has taught Physical Education in a K – 12 school, and strives to make learning fun, while building a competitive spirit yet teaching respect and sportsmanship. Jeff is keenly aware that coaches are role models and takes that responsibility very seriously. Jeff is thrilled to be involved with coaching youth basketball in Burlington.
Garrison Thomas – Director of GTrains
Garrison Thomas is a product of Burlington basketball and has a laser focus when dealing with self-improvement. Garrison has found success at every level athletically by setting goals and focusing on things he can control. Garrison attended Assumption Catholic Secondary School, where he not only found success as a basketball player, but was able to inspire his peers through his community efforts and was nominated to speak on behalf of Assumptions 2012 class as the Valedictorian. Upon graduation, Garrison had his sights set on the OUA and was a key contributor to the success of the Laurier Golden Hawks men’s varsity basketball program where he finished top 20 all time in Assists and Rebounding. After developing lasting relationships with the Waterloo community, Garrison continued his journey to work with at risk youth through Canadian Tire and Jumpstart initiatives. Garrison wants to bring out the best version of everyone he meets and is looking forward to creating a lasting imprint on his community as well as the development of Canadian Basketball.