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Introducing Wayne Hussey


Wayne grew up in Montreal playing most sports, preferring baseball and hockey. At the age of 14 he was encouraged to play basketball and developed a passion for the game.

A talented player, in 1970 he captained his high school team to the Quebec Provincial Championships and was named the top player in the province. In 1971 he captained the Quebec Team to the gold medal at the Canada games.

He went on to University and captained the Loyola Warriors and the Bishops Gaiters to conference championships and earned all-star recognition.

Coach Hussey had a legendary career at Bishops University from 1977 - 1984. During his tenure, Bishops won seven consecutive conference championships with remarkable 94 wins and 2 losses. At the Canadian University Championships, Bishops had a record of 16 wins and 5 losses, winning back to back championships. Hussey was Quebec Coach of the Year five times and National Coach of the Year twice.

Previously, in 1975 he had coached the Quebec Men's Team to a gold medal at the Canada Winter Games, and in 1979, at the Canada Games, he repeated by coaching the Quebec Women to gold.

Wayne started his international coaching career as Canadian Junior National Coach, and Assistant National Coach, in 1979. In 1984 he became Head Coach.

In 1986, Hussey moved to Oakville with his Canadian National Women's Basketball Team. He guided the team to a basketball 'best ever' bronze medal at the 1986 World Championships. As the Canadian Women's Head Coach and Program Director from 1984 to 1992, Wayne led the team to bronze medals at the 1987 Pan American games, the 1989 Championships of the Americas, and the 1989 World University games. The team also placed fourth at the 1991 Pan American games.

Coach Hussey was a popular invitee to basketball clinics, where he would share his basketball philosophy with coaches and athletes, both nationally and internationally.

The Oakville Gymnastics Club hired Wayne as their General Manager in 1997. He has worked diligently with the Club's Board of Directors and the Town of Oakville to construct a dedicated gymnastics facility. This superb new facility has attracted international interest as well as talented staff dedicated to deliver programs for every level of gymnast.

A tireless community worker, Wayne chaired The Oakville Sports Council, Halton Early Childhood Education Committee and was a founding member of the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame. Wayne works with Rattlesnake Golf Club in Golf Services, has coached local basketball and in the Glen Abbey Ladies Softball League. He also continues to conduct coaching and sports administration seminars.

Wayne Hussey has made his mark in the history of Canadian basketball as a very talented player who evolved into a coach capable of winning at the most elite international level. In sports administration he is noted as a leader who gets things done, while respecting the critical elements of integrity, fairness, and compassion.


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