Provincial Team Coaches


U15 girls
Campbell Colpitts (Head Coach)

Growing up in Halifax, Campbell has been part of the Basketball Nova Scotia (BNS) Provincial Team Program as both an athlete and a coach. After winning a national championship in 2015 as an athlete, Campbell went on to play 5 years in the ACAA at the University of King's College and Mount Saint Vincent University, where he was named a league all-star. Campbell has had the privilege of coaching both boys and girls over the past few seasons. Most recently, Campbell has assisted with the u17 BNS provincial team, Charles P. Allen Cheetahs where they won a high school provincial championship, and MSVU Mystics, achieving an ACAA conference championship this past season. Campbell is currently in the last year of his Bachelor of Education degree and will be a teacher with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education next year.

Duan Ash (Assistant Coach)
Maia Timmons (Assistant Coach)


U15 boys
Igor Stjepanovic (Head Coach)
Keenan Sparks (Assistant Coach)
Kevin Downey (Assistant Coach)

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Stjepanovic began his coaching career serving as a high school boys and girls head coach for five years. He finished his Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at the University of Windsor while also head coaching AAU/OBA club basketball. Following his undergraduate degree, he spent two years as a graduate assistant with Western University while completing his Master’s in Coaching. He then spent four years at the University of Windsor as the lead assistant coach where he helped the program return to top ten national status. During this time, Stjepanovic also served as assistant coach with the Hamilton Honey Badgers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) for three seasons. The final season cultivated in a CEBL Championship. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Education at Acadia University where he is assistant coaching for the Axemen alongside head coach Mike Leslie.
U17 girls
Haley McDonald (Head Coach)
Laura Brine (Assistant Coach)

Meghan McLeod (Assistant Coach)

Haley McDonald is joining us from Canning, Nova Scotia. She played her high school career at Horton High School capturing a D1 Provincial title in 2016.  Over her youth career she represented BNS on 5 different occasions, both at the U15 and U17 National Championships. Haley played at Acadia University from 2016 - 2021, and again in 2022-2023.  During her time with Acadia University, she captured 2 AUS Championships, she was an AUS MVP, multi-time Atlantic University Sport (AUS) All-Star and All-Canadian. During her final season with the Axewomen, she was awarded by the AUS the James Bayer Memorial Scholarship for her contributions to Athletics, Academics, Leadership, Sportsmanship, and Citizenship.  Most recently, she was recognized as a TOP 8 USports Academic All-Canadian and Governor General medal winner.

Haley's coaching career started as an assistant coach with the U17 girls' provincial team during the COVID-19 pandemic. More recently, as a head coach, she led the Horton High School D1 Girls team to a silver medal finish in the SSNS provincials in 2022. That summer Haley was the assistant coach for the BNS U15 girls provincial team, and helped them achieve a National Silver Medal. Currently, she is the full-time lead assistant coach with the Acadia Axewomen and the Director of AXE Basketball, a minor club in the Annapolis Valley that gives athletes aged U8 to U16 opportunities to play locally and provincially.

"I am so excited to be part of the BNS family in a head coaching capacity. Over the year, I have been working to further my own coaching skills and I'm happy to see my commitment paying off. My coaching philosophy is grounded in competition, accountability, and fun. I hope to provide the athletes with a strong, confident female role model that will push them to a higher standard. I believe our small province is capable of making big waves nationally and I cannot wait to get started."

U17 boys
Anton Berry (Head Coach)
Tariq Thomas (Assistant Coach)

Damon Cole (Assistant Coach)

Anton is a former AUS (MUN 2001-02) and ACAA (MSVU 2004-07) athlete, who represented Nova Scotia as an athlete at the 2000 Nationals and the 2001 Canada Games in London, Ontario.

Currently, Anton is an assistant coach for both the men’s and women's basketball teams at Dalhousie University. Anton also serves as the student-athlete and community relations advisor for Dalhousie University varsity athletics. 

Before assuming his current role at Dalhousie, he was the interim head coach of the Dalhousie women's basketball team during the 2021-22 season after acting as an assistant coach the previous season. Anton was the lead assistant coach with the Dalhousie men's basketball team for seven years (2013-20) and helped the men’s team to five AUS conference championship titles, a USports silver,  and a USports bronze medal serving as the team’s defensive coordinator. Anton returned to the men’s team bench this season in a supportive role.

Anton was a grad assistant coach from 2007-09 at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). Anton also served as head coach of Nova Scotia’s men’s Canada Games developmental team in 2011 and 2012. At the club level, Anton has coached with the Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club, Community Y, and Sting Basketball Club. Anton also coached the Cole Harbour District High School Boys basketball team for 3 years.

U16 girls
Karla Yepez (Head Coach) 
Janice King (Assistant Coach)

Karla is a former AUS athlete. She grew up playing for the Ecuador national team at FIBA competitions at U15, U17 and senior national team levels. Her passion for basketball extends from her early days representing her national team to her collegiate career at the University of Prince Edward Island. During her five seasons, she earned AUS All Star, AUS All Rookie team, and Academic All-Canadian honors. Her team captured the 2020 AUS Championship and a USports National Bronze medal.

Upon graduation Karla was awarded the Rory Beck Scholarship, awarded to the graduating student who has displayed the most outstanding dedication to athletics, academics, leadership, and campus spirit throughout the undergraduate studies.

Transitioning into coaching, Karla spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the UPEI women's basketball team before joining the coaching staff at Dalhousie, where she just completed her first season as an assistant coach. Beyond playing and coaching, she is also an official at all levels of club and high school basketball in Nova Scotia.

U16 boys
Marvin Upshaw (Head Coach)
Noah Mutaburuka (Assistant Coach)


Coach Upshaw has been dedicated to developing athletes to compete at their best for the past eight years.  Most recently, he has been an Assistant Coach for the Millwood High Varsity Boys Basketball team for the last five years, with the team capturing the Capital Region Championship and achieving a bronze medal at the Provincial Championships.

Marvin is a passionate and energetic basketball coach with a focus on strengthening skill, physical ability, and character, and adapting and facilitating systems that accommodate players’ basketball IQ and individual growth.

Marvin has previous experience with the BNS Provincial Team Program, including two years as the U14 boys head coach, and one year as an assistant coach with the U17 boys team. Marvin has been involved as a coach for multiple boys and girls youth teams that participate in the Metro Basketball League. Marvin has served as a board member for Sackville Storm, as well as a Coach Coordinator. 

Marvin's love for the sport inspired him to establish Ascension Basketball club where he has provided athletes the opportunity to compete at multiple well-established tournaments the past few summer travel seasons.


PTP Coach Selection Committee 

  • Emma Duinker (Basketball Nova Scotia Manager of Sport and Technical Programs)
  • Lori Lancaster (Basketball Nova Scotia Executive Director)
  • Thane Smith
  • Justine Colley-Leger
  • Nate Philippe



For the 2024 season, all coaches can be "in-training". Starting in the 2025 season, coaches must follow the progression in the table. (This applies to consecutive and non-consecutive appearances at nationals as a coach).

  • Year 1 - In Training (have taken at least 1 sport-specific module and at least 1 multi-sport module)
  • Year 2 - Trained (all sport specific modules + 7 multisport modules)
  • Year 3 - Certified

Learn more about getting certified!

The NCCP Train to Compete course is comprised of:

  • 3 basketball specific modules (Teaching basketball skills (15-17 hours), Strategies and Tactics (15-17 hours), Planning (12-14 hours)). These are led by Canada Basketball and can be found under the "workshops" tab in your Gameplan account.
  • 6 multi-sport workshops (Coaching and leading effectively, Managing conflict + Online evaluation, Leading drug-free sport, Developing athletic abilities, Prevention recovery, Psychology of performance). These are led virtually by Coach NS and can be found by clicking here.
  • 3 evaluations (Portfolio, Practice observation, Game observation).

Want to begin your National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Train to Compete Certification? Follow these steps:

1. Ensure you have 2 accounts:

a. The Locker - This is where you can get an NCCP number which you need to register and participate in any NCCP courses. Click here to create an account.

b. Gameplan - This is a platform through Canada Basketball where all of your basketball specific certifications can be tracked and managed. Click here to create an account.

2. Register for the multi-sport modules through Coach NS.

3. Find an upcoming course run through Canada Basketball (on Gameplan under "workshops") and register.

4. If you've taken the courses and need a portfolio and/or practice/game evaluation, this can be done through your Gameplan account. Follow this link to learn how to complete an evaluation.

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