Staff

Winston Brown

Founder, Head Coach, Board Member

Winston has been involved in girl’s basketball in Vancouver since 1993.  Relatively young and inexperienced, he relied heavily on the methods he had witnessed as an athlete.  Through passion and drive, he was able to develop into one of the most respected women’s coaches in BC.  As a young coach, he recognized that many quality athletes were missing out on the elite development opportunities that were granted to a fortunate few.  In 2003, he joined with a few coaches to form Triple Threat Basketball.  Through Triple Threat he saw not only an opportunity for young athletes to continue developing during their high school off season, but also (more significantly) an opportunity for young coaches to train elite athletes.  It’s this symbiotic relationship that makes any club program so beneficial.  While Triple Threat is proud of the players it has helped to develop, it’s equally honored to have given young coaches a challenging environment in which to hone their craft.

Brandon Chan

Head Coach, Program Coordinator

Brandon is the energy and enthusiasm that has revived Triple Threat.  After a stellar playing career at Kitsilano Secondary School and Camosun College, Brandon has redirected his energies into coaching and training.  As a coach, Brandon has helped York House continue their winning ways (placing 5th at AA provincials in 2014) as well as contributed to the development of basketball in the community through his work with Strathcona Basketball.  Dedicated and tireless, Brandon has inspired Triple Threat’s growth over the past two years.

Jenna Ralston

Program Coordinator, Head Coach U15 Elite Team

One of the original Triple Threat players returns to join the coaching staff.  Jenna began her coaching career at Heritage Park Secondary, while still a student-athlete.   As a senior, she volunteered to coach both boys and girls grade 6 & 7 elementary school basketball teams. Jenna went on to play CIS at the University of Manitoba, where she continued her coaching with the Jr Bison’s program. She ran camps and coached U14 and U15 teams. Jenna decided to return home to finish the last two years of her basketball career and start her professional career. After finishing school Jenna head coached the Sr. Girls at Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver and assisted for the U17 Girls provincial team before coming home to Triple Threat. Jenna was a captain on one of the first Triple Threat teams and she is excited to be back on board.

Jen Farano

Coach, Board Member

Jen has been coaching basketball since 1997 at the high school level.  After coaching senior basketball for 14 years, she made to jump to the CCAA and coached up at Capilano University for one year.  It was a great learning experience, and she was able to take that back to the high school and club teams.  Jen feels that it’s important for girls to be involved in elite athletics because it teaches teamwork, goal setting, and hard work:  All skills that can and will be utilized later on in life!

Gina Fedalizo

Gina has been coaching high school basketball in Richmond for 10 years. She has led Cambie Secondary to three City Championship games and a Provincial Tournament appearance.  She has also trained younger players with her work through RBL. Gina emphasizes communication, respect and the importance of the whole group versus one individual.

Maria Klassen

Maria’s love for the game was fueled by a great coach while playing in Alberta on the grade 9 team as a grade 8 student. After winning a BC AAA provincial championship, she went on to play at the University of Victoria. Maria then caught the coaching bug after a summer coaching tour in Taiwan with AIA (Athletes in Action) in 1992. She began coaching both boys and girls at the foundational levels between grades 3-7 through local club teams in the Tri-City area. She has coached alongside Jen Farano at St. Thomas More Collegiate, Jr. Girls at Terry Fox Secondary, and the 2012 U16 Girls Team with Basketball BC. Having previously worked in club basketball with both Winston and Jen in 2011, Maria is happy to be back as part of a great team of coaches. Her passion for the game is matched with the desire that female athletes develop into strong capable women that excel beyond the game.

Jennafer Palma

Camp Coordinator, Coach

Jennafer is a dedicated athlete and coach, who has committed herself to mentoring and developing youth through sport camps in and around Vancouver.  Recently, she decided to focus on basketball where her hard work and determination was inspired – more specifically Triple Threat Basketball!  Having played for Coach Brown during the 2005 BC Summer Games (where she helped lead a talented, but undersized, team to the first gold medal in the Vancouver Zone’s history) Jennafer wanted to return to Triple Threat in hopes of passing the knowledge, work ethic, and habits that helped her find success on to the next generation of young athletes.

Mike Evans

Coach, Board Member

Mike has committed himself to coaching basketball for almost two decades.  Beginning with his daughters at C.E. London, Mike has worked with developmental and elite athletes from elementary right through to post secondary.

Greg Eng

Senior Advisor, Community Programs Coordinator

Greg has been a fixture in the Vancouver basketball community for decades.  With his roots in Vancouver Parks and Recreation, Greg has worked tirelessly to grow the game of basketball in the City of Vancouver as well as the Lower Mainland of BC.  Having two daughters who played basketball, Greg understands the importance of young women being involved in elite level athletics.

Tommy Nixon

Tommy Nixon comes to the Triple Threat staff after stellar careers at both Kitsilano and UBC.  While at Kitsilano, Tommy led his team to the Final Four of the BC AAA Provincial tournament.  As a fifth year captain for the Thunderbirds, Tommy is integral to the program maintaining their winning ways.  He enjoys sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the athletes.