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.