Jack Donohue Award Winner 2015
Lisa Thomaidis, ChPC - Basketball
For the past 3 years, Lisa Thomaidis has taken on the leadership role of the Senior Women National Team as its head coach and most recently lead it to a gold medal performance at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games and to a first-place finish at the FIBA Americas tournament, clinching a Rio Olympic Games berth in the process.
Apart from being a fixture with the Senior Women’s National Basketball Team for the last fifteen years, Thomaidis has been behind the bench as the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball team for the past seventeen seasons. Under Thomaidis’ guidance, her university team has qualified for Nationals in 8 of the last 10 seasons and has been consistently ranked in the CIS Top 10.
For Lisa Thomaidis, the award is truly a reflection of an amazing summer of accomplishment. “Being recognized as the Jack Donohue Award winner is certainly a wonderful feeling. To be named a recipient of an award whose namesake is a legendary Canadian basketball coach, makes it extra special. I’m honoured to have played a part in this historical summer and want to acknowledge all of the world-class staff who also contributed greatly to the teams’ success,” she said.
Off the court, Lisa is an advocate of long-term athlete development. She understands the importance of the various stages of developmental programs and works closely with Canada Basketball personnel to develop stage-appropriate legacy materials for the education and training of young athletes in the Canadian system. She also shares her knowledge with coaches and leaders at technical summits and attends age-group camps to speak directly to athletes. She emphasizes the mental, cognitive, and emotional development in all that she does with her athletes.