The St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) basketball programme is welcoming a new addition.
Respected community coach and current U17 Men’s Team Ontario Head Coach, Michael Selliah, will join the programme this summer.
“From his roles with the Ontario Basketball Association, as a provincial head coach, and coach developer in the National Coaching Certification Program, Coach Mike brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our programme,” says Alex Frescura ’92, Director of Athletics. “His immediate impact will be felt working alongside our returning coaches in furthering the development of the fundamental skills of all of our basketball student-athletes from Grades 7-12. Another primary goal will be to enhance our progression plan, and building continuity in our offensive and defensive systems through the entire programme.”
Selliah first reached out to SMCS in January to explore whether there was an opportunity to help assist with the programme.
“Through a community basketball parent contact, I was connected with Mr. Frescura and during the course of several calls and in-person meetings, he shared his vision for the basketball programme -- I knew it was a great fit,” says Selliah. “I’ve known for quite some time that SMCS has had very high-quality basketball teams who were perennial OFSAA (Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association) contenders. I will do whatever I can to help build on this rich tradition.”
Selliah is a coach with Canada Basketball’s Junior Academy and Targeted Athlete Strategy (TAS), and has been with Team Ontario since 2017, currently serving as the head coach of the U17 Boys Programme. He previously served as the lead assistant coach for the U15 Boys in 2017, head coach for the U15 Boys in 2018, and assistant coach for the U17 Boys in 2019.
In 2016, his team won gold at the Ontario Summer Games, and in 2018 he had the opportunity to coach Team White at the BioSteel All-Canadian Future Stars Game. His work on the high school circuit includes three years at Westview Centennial Secondary School, coaching both the junior and senior teams, and a season as the junior prep coach at Bill Crothers Secondary School.
“I have vast experience with leading the design and implementation of the overall structure of several basketball programmes,” says Selliah. “I take a lot of pride in my ability to create yearly training plans for student-athletes that cover all the essentials both on and off the court.”
“Additionally, my ability to create meaningful relationships with student-athletes and earn trust and buy-in, are essential skills in building a team environment that is conducive to development,” add Selliah. “I am confident that I will be able to assist them with developing the essential skills which are necessary to succeed in life after high school.”
The SMCS basketball programme consists of four competitive teams at the U13, U14, Junior, and Senior levels. With the growth of basketball in Ontario, Selliah’s experience will help inform areas of growth for the programme in the coming years.
“As the game of basketball continues to grow in a Canada in a very positive direction, significant changes are occurring at the grassroots and young student-athlete levels of the sport,” says Frescura. “I believe Mike’s coaching philosophy and positive approach mirror our teaching principles at St. Michael’s College School. His experiences and network at the club, provincial, and national levels will allow us to benchmark our programme so we can explore new opportunities for growth, development, and high performance for our students.”