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Former Gee-Gee takes on men’s basketball program

Tuesday June 15, 2010

The University of Ottawa Sports Services announced today that Gee-Gee alumnus James Derouin has been named the new head coach of the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team.
Derouin returns to the Gee-Gee family after spending the past two years as an assistant coach with the UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team.
An Ottawa native, Derouin is no stranger to the men’s basketball program at the University of Ottawa. The 34-year-old was captain of the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team for both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons and, in his final year, played under former Gee-Gees head coach Dave DeAveiro. Prior to his time on the court with the garnet and grey, he played two years at Langara College in British Columbia under current UBC head coach Kevin Hanson.
“We are very pleased to have an Ottawa native and former Gee-Gee take the lead of the men’s basketball program at the University of Ottawa, said uOttawa athletic director Luc Gélineau. His national championship experience and contribution as an assistant coach to the success of two of Canada's best programs is a great asset.”
After graduating with a bachelor of arts with a concentration in history from uOttawa in 2004, Derouin dedicated an additional six years to the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team, serving as assistant coach from 2002 to 2008. During this time, the program grew to one of the top men’s basketball programs in the country and the team saw two national championship appearances (2005, 2007).
His two years with the UBC Thunderbirds program were also highly successful, as they went on to the national finals the past two consecutive years.
Derouin could not be any more pleased after receiving word of his selection. “It’s a dream come true, really. I’ve been working towards this for a long time. It’s amazing.”
Fluent in both English and French, Derouin also has a strong coaching experience in juvenile basketball within the nation’s capital. He served as head coach of the Gloucester Wolverines men’s juvenile team from 2003 to 2005, assistant coach of the midget boys Ontario provincial team in 2005, and head coach of the men’s juvenile Next Level Basketball Academy from 2005 to 2007.
“I look forward to building on the current success of the Gee-Gees program, added Derouin. With the loss of two strong players [Josh Gibson-Bascombe and Donnie Gibson], we will look to fill those holes as much as possible and continue to strive for excellence.”
Derouin officially returns to uOttawa to make his head coach debut on Friday, November 5, 2010, when the Gee-Gees take on Brock in their home opener.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Miriam Barker
613-562-5800, ext. 4338
Jacinthe Neron
613-562-5800, ext. 2113