High Performance Coaches
Basketball Saskatchewan is pleased to introduce four high performance coaches for the upcoming season. Greg Jockims, Bree Burgess, Tanner Brightman and Navanga Burke will be the high performance coaches this season which includes leading the Centre for Performance and our Provincial teams this upcoming summer.
Tanner Brightman has been involved with the Male High Performance at BSI since 2010. Tanner has served as an assistant coach and Head Coach of U15, U16, and U17 Provincial Teams in his eight years working at Basketball Saskatchewan, including being the Head Coach of the 2017 Canada Games Team. Tanner is from Regina, Saskatchewan and works as a high school teacher in Regina.
Navanga Burke is currently a teacher at Gateway Elementary. He is the Head Basketball Coach of the Senior Varsity Boys at Carpenter High school in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Navanga has been the coach of the U15 Boys Developmental Team with Basketball Saskatchewan Inc. from 2015 – 2017. Navanga also coached the Rivers West Boys Basketball at the 2016 Summer Games
Navanga grew up in Toronto, Ontario where he won a CIS National Championship at Brock University in 2008. Navanga was also selected to participate as an OCAA (CCAA) all star in 2011 while attending Redeemer University College.
Greg Jockims head coached the men’s basketball team for 13 seasons at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2004-05 and 2005-06 the Huskies won the Canada West Central Division Championship which culminated with their first trip to CIS Nationals in 18 years. In 2009-10, he led the men’s basketball team to their first-ever Canada West and CIS Championship titles. In addition to these accomplishments at the U of S, Jockims spent four seasons in a head-coaching job at Cape Breton University (1994-98) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He led the team to an AUS Championship and a third place finish at Nationals in 1994-95.
Jockims’ commitment to excellence can also be seen outside of his university head coaching activities. He graduated in 1988 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology) degree. In 2000, he earned a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Victoria. Before his head coaching days, Jockims was an assistant at the University of Saskatchewan (1989-1991) and the University of Victoria (1992-94). He is an NCCP Level IV certified coach, having graduated from the National Coaching Institute in Victoria in 1992. He has coached numerous Saskatchewan Provincial Teams, as well as establishing the Junior Huskies Club in the summer of 2000. He was also an assistant for Canadian National “B” Team, which represented the country at the Jones Cup in Taiwan in 1995.
Currently Greg is a teacher in the Saskatoon Public School Division. In addition to his teaching duties he has coached minor hockey, basketball, soccer, and football. Greg looks forward to working along side outstanding colleagues at Basketball Saskatchewan and sharing his knowledge and expertise to help young players enjoy their experience and develop while playing the game they love.
Bree Burgess was born and raised in Regina. She is now the proud mother of two lovely daughters Kierden and Sloan. She is a Mathematics and Physical Education teacher with Regina Public Schools where she has also been a coach for the last 12 years. Bree has coached numerous teams in the BSI program over the past 15 years. She was a member of the University of Regina Cougar Women’s Basketball team from 1997 to 2003 which included a National Title in 2002.
Bree loves assisting young women to grow beyond their own limitations on and off of the basketball court. She has accepted the position of the U15 Centre of Performance girls coach and is excited to work with Gregory Jockims this upcoming year.