KINGSTON, Ont. — Following a national search, the Queen’s Gaels are excited to announce Claire Meadows as their new Women’s Basketball Head Coach starting April 2021.
In the interim, we are pleased to announce that former Head Coach Dave Wilson will lead the team for the 2020-21 season and into the 2021 national championships, which will be hosted at Queen’s.
Meadows (B.PhE’ 07) will be returning to Queen’s from the University of Saskatchewan, fresh off a U SPORTS National Championship gold medal win in the 2019-2020 season with the Huskies. Last season, she was Associate Head Coach of the Huskies and Assistant Coach the previous year, winning Canada West Championships both years. She was also Head Coach of the Canadian National Junior Women’s Basketball Team (FIBA Americas Silver Medal and 6th place finish at 2019 World Championships).
Meadows brings extensive university, national and provincial coaching experience, including as Head Coach of the UBC Okanagan Heat from 2015-2018, Assistant Coach, Canada Junior Women’s National Team (FIBA Americas Silver Medal, World Championship Bronze Medal, 2016-2017) and several roles with Basketball Alberta.
Meadows began her time in university basketball as a Gael, playing five seasons while completing a Bachelor of Physical Education and then a Bachelor of Education. As a member of the Queen’s team, she was an OUA East First Team All-star, CIS All-Canadian nominee, and University Award of Merit recipient. She finished her career as the Gaels’ second all-time leading scorer. Meadows then attended the University of Victoria and completed a Master of Education – Coaching.
“I am excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to return to my alma mater and lead the Queen’s Women’s Basketball Program,” said Meadows. “I look forward to working with a talented group of student-athletes and will continue to build on the legacy that Dave Wilson has cultivated over the years. Leslie Dal Cin and the entire Queen’s team have done a tremendous job of building a reputable athletics program, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
“We are so pleased to welcome Claire back to the Gaels family; she was one of our very best student-athletes and we are delighted that she will return to our program as Head Coach bringing her tremendous passion for her alma mater, leadership and technical knowledge to our women’s basketball team,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation.
Long time Women’s Basketball Head Coach Dave Wilson will be Head Coach for the upcoming season. Wilson retired last year after 38 years running the program, amassing 385 career wins with the Gaels. He led Queen’s to an OUA title in 2000-01 and is a four-time OUA Coach of the Year. In 2017, he was honoured as the U SPORTS Coach of the Year after leading the Gaels on home court to the OUA Final Four, and to another national championship appearance. Most impressively, his athletes have a 100% graduation rate in his career as a coach.
“Dave returning to the helm of our program in this championship season is also very special,” says Dal Cin. “He built our program into a perennial contender and will provide our student-athletes and team with outstanding leadership heading into U SPORTS National Women’s Basketball championships that we host in March 2021. It was a dream of Coach Wilson’s to coach our team in a national championship on home court, and I am delighted that he will have this opportunity.”
Our sincerest thanks to James Bambury who assumed the role of Interim Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, for the 2019-20 season. James’ leadership and commitment was instrumental in getting the team to playoffs this past season, and to the team posting key wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
– T. Bennett
The release was provided by the Queen’s Gaels Athletics Department