All of our coaches have college basketball experience either as a player or coach and know what it takes to be successful both on and off the court.
-Eddie Richardson III
Here at GENESIS Basketball our coaches set us apart from the rest of the programs in the city. All of our coaches have college basketball experience either as a player or coach and know what it takes to be successful both on and off the court. We truly believe that it is our responsibility as coaches to mentor our players and help navigate them through the many ups and downs of being a teen. How we act as mentors off the court is just as important as being on the bench, our actions transcend the hardwood and that is a message we preach to all players.
The Genesis Coaches
Eddie Richardson III - President
Eddie stresses the fundamental values of hard work, dedication, team mentality and commitment to excellence. As a player, Eddie works to improve his game any chance he can. He understands the difference between being a mediocre and impact player and what it takes to get there. He has played with and against players at the national level, as well as professionals in the NBA and European leagues.
With the help of his coaches and teammates, he was honored as a 4 time ACAC all-star, ACAC Basketball Player of the year, 3 time CCAA All Canadian, CCAA National Basketball Player of the Year, CCAA Athlete of the Year and many other awards throughout his collegiate career. He declined numerous offers to play professional basketball in Europe and Asia, for career aspirations in Calgary, while focusing on his dream of helping younger players reach their basketball goals and maximize their potential.
After graduating, Eddie was an assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans for a year before co-founding Genesis, and is the Head Coach of Calgary’s Pro Basketball program, the Calgary Crush. Genesis Basketball has been in existence since 2006, and is one of the city's most elite programs. In addition to coaching and running Genesis, Eddie has found the time to run clinics at the grassroots level at various Calgary junior and senior high schools. Eddie has personally helped develop, train, and mentor players that have gone on to be CIS and CCAA All Stars, All-Canadians, Academic All- Canadians , Players of the Year, NCAA athletes, and European Semi-pro Players.
Jamie finished his post-secondary playing career with the University of Calgary Dinos, where he was a two-year team captain and starting point guard for a team that won the Canada West Championship in 2009 and made consecutive National Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010. He spent the first three years of his playing career with the SAIT Trojans, where he won multiple academic and athletic awards, including back-to-back league First Team All-Star Awards, the Calgary Herald Community Leadership Award, and the SAIT Male Athlete of the Year Award. Throughout his career, Jamie was a four-time Academic All-Canadian, including his two years at the University of Calgary, enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program. Jamie has been coaching with Genesis Basketball since 2009.
Fabian completed his playing career with the SAIT Trojans, where he was a two-year team captain and starting forward for a team that never finished lower than 3rd in the conference, including finishing second in the country in the 2010 national final.
He won numerous awards including the SAIT Trojan award, ACAC defensive player of the year and League First Team All-Star awards. He led the ACAC in blocks over his career and was the anchor of SAITs defense.
Fabian has been with Genesis from the inaugural season and has built lifelong relationships with many of the players that have come through our program.
John proudly played his entire college career for the University of Calgary Dinos from 1999-2004, where he was a 3-time Canada West All-Star and 2nd team All-Canadian. He was an integral part of the group that helped turn the program from a 4-16 club before his arrival, to a 15-5 Canada West champion and National semi-finalist during his senior season. John was also a 3-year captain and was always a vocal leader throughout his career.
Following graduation, John played a season in Holbaek, Denmark for Team Sjaelland where he guided the team to a 9-1 record while leading them in scoring and assists. Although basketball has always been a vital part of his life, John also stresses the importance of academics, which is apparent with his Bachelors of Chemical Engineering degree and current Professional Engineer status.
Tyler went to Western Canada High School in Calgary and then went on to play at the University of Calgary, where in his first year he was named Canada West rookie of the year. He finished 5 great years at U of C where he was also given the award as a CIS all-star in 2011 and 2012. He made the CIS National semifinals twice and was the focal point of a high powered offense and leaned on heavily as one of the Dinos top performers.
After his life as a Dino, he has helped Calgary’s pro Basketball team, the Calgary Crush, make a great name for themselves in the American Basketball Association. Tyler loves playing the game at a high level, and also enjoys coaching and mentoring young players. He has been a great addition to the Genesis coaching staff!
Keenan was born and raised in the small town of Royston on Vancouver Island. He played at SAIT from 2007-2010 where he placed 2nd at nationals in 2010, and was an ACAC all conference player as well as a First team national all-star. He won the overall SAIT Trojan of the Year award while he was there. He completed his post-secondary career with the University of Calgary Dinos, where he was an integral piece of the team from 2010-2012.
Since then he has played and coached in Hagen, Germany and is now playing for the Calgary Crush Professional team.
Jermaine was a 5 year starter at the University of Ottawa, where he finished as the all time school leader in rebounds, free throws made/attempted and top 5 all time in points. He made the all rookie team, was an OUA all star, Athlete of the year for the University of Ottawa and Graduated with Honours. After completing university Jermaine played in the IBL for the USA All-Stars and Portland Chinooks and now plays in the ABA for The Calgary Crush.
Sean is originally from Sarnia, Ontario and has been coaching youth basketball since 1998. He played High School Basketball at St. Christopher in Sarnia, Ontario and also played OCAA Basketball at Lambton College in Sarnia. He was scheduled to coach Lambton College but decided to move to Calgary, to be closer with family.
He has a great knowledge and understanding of the game and loves spending time teaching and mentoring young players.
Branden completed his playing career at SAIT where he was a 4 year starter and a captain for 3 of his seasons. Branden was an integral part of great teams while at SAIT and earned 3 medals in his time there including a National silver medal in 2010.
A two-sport athlete, Branden is also an accomplished football player and was a member of the St. Mary's Huskies football program in Halifax.
Amit played high school basketball at Lester B. Pearson and has coached both community & club programs since 1995 at various age groups between U13 and U19, winning both city and provincial championships. Amit has also experienced a high level of success coaching at the club level while serving as the head coach for Team Magic from 1999-2005, working directly with Coach Eddie Richardson during the final year of Team Magic's existence. Amit is motivated by team and individual player success, player improvement, and seeks excellence from players involved with the program both on and off the court.
Joe grew up playing basketball in the Calgary area. While not recruited out of high school, he was able to work hard and get his skill level up to an appropriate level. Through his perseverance, he was able to generate offers from numerous Universities in Ontario.
Joe has been coaching with Genesis Basketball for the past 7 years. During this time he has coached all levels of the program, from JR NBA through U18. During that time, he also coached high school basketball for 4 years, with his teams making city championships all 4 years and winning 3 of those. Joe is constantly looking to improve his skill set as a coach, attending seminars from both division 1 college coaches and NBA personnel, most recently attending a pro scouting seminar in Las Vegas during the 2016 NBA Summer League, run with numerous NBA Scouts, GMs and Coaches.
Born and raised in Calgary, Joe went to Western Canada High School before choosing to continue his academic and basketball career as a member of the McGill University Redmen in Montreal, Quebec.
After two years at McGill, Joe decided that a chance of scenery was in order, and made the move to Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He is now set to begin his third year at Laurentian in a challenging Bachelor of Mining Engineering program,
A starter and key member of a tough, gritty Laurentian Voyageurs basketball team, Joe looks forward to make real noise in an ultra-competitive OUA, during the 2016-2017 season.
Sean Persaud has been playing basketball since the age of seven, and over that time has developed a great passion for the game. Graduating from Western Canada High School, Sean went on to play at St. Mary's University College, where he saw his basketball skillset and IQ flourish.
Sean first played for Coach Eddie over 10 years ago and now thoroughly enjoys sharing his abilities with Calgary youth.
Mark graduated in 2012 from Bishop McNally High School. After attending Southwest Academy prep school in Orlando, Florida he returned to Calgary and played for St. Mary’s University College, where he was 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year for the Lightning. He then played for Keyano College averaging a team best 15 ppg, helping the Huskies to a 4th place finish.
Mark will be currently attending St. Francis Xavier University this upcoming 2016-17 year. While at St. Fx, Mark will be majoring in Accounting. Living the Genesis motto: "You can't go anywhere with basketball if your grades don't live up to par," Mark believes that this focus is what makes Genesis players so successful on and off the court.
Thomas is currently entering his fifth and final year of post-secondary with the University of Calgary Dinos. He is coming off an outstanding season where he was named Canada West MVP. Thomas was a 1st Team Canada West All-star and a 1st Team All-Canadian selection. This past season Thomas led the Dinos to the CIS National Championships; the school’s first trip in 50 years. He also finished 2nd in the CIS at 25.8 points per game.
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee this is Thomas’s first year coaching for Genesis basketball. Thomas enjoys helping train and develop young basketball players who have a true passion for the game.
Reid was born and raised in Edmonton, and finished his basketball playing career at Concordia University. After playing for the Thunder, the former ACAC All Star also had the opportunity to coach at his alma mater. His knowledge for the game, from a coaching perspective, grew as the Thunder enjoyed a 2nd place finish at provincials, earning a birth at Nationals.
Reid has been coaching basketball since he was in high school, and enjoys watching young ballers work hard to accomplish their goals both on and off the court.
Dakota played his high school basketball at Western Canada in Calgary and then moved on to play 5 years with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, serving as team captain in his final 2 years. He graduated with distinction from the University, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies and Sociology.
Upon graduation, Dakota moved to Cape Town, South Africa where he worked as a Business Development Coordinator for an organization called Hoops 4 Hope - a post-apartheid reconciliation initiative which uses basketball to facilitate social development, life skills, HIV/Aids awareness and prevention for the most disadvantaged youth of Cape Town and its surrounding townships. After moving back to Calgary, Dakota has become involved in the Genesis Program coaching and developing Calgary's young talent.
Cordell Minnifee was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. His love for basketball was passed down at a young age from his father, Ian Minnifee, who was an all-Canadian for the University of
Calgary Dinos. Cordell played for Basketball Alberta for three summer seasons and most notably won a bronze medal at the national level. Cordell proceeded to play at Western Canada High
School, where he saw great success.
His passion and dedication to the game granted him the opportunity to play basketball at SAIT, where he was a team captain as a rookie and won the SAIT rookie of the year award for the 2012-2013 season. Cordell then played for Olds College where he held an essential leadership role for his team. After two years of business he had a change of heart and is now attending Mount Royal University to complete a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and economics.
Every coach that Cordell has had throughout his basketball career told him he would coach one day because of his love for the game. Cordell now looks forward to helping the next generation develop their basketball game, while achieving success in other aspects of life. He was always told, “use basketball, don’t let basketball use you”, which for him underscored the importance of education. Cordell is very excited to be coaching and sharing his knowledge of the game with the next generation of basketball players at Genesis.
Harsimran (Sim) Dhaliwal
Harsimran Dhaliwal started playing the game of basketball at the age of five. Ever since then he built this passion to be the best he could. Having played his high school basketball at Crescent Heights, he developed into a great basketball player winning MVP all three years. Overcame with injuries he was unable to play at the next level but has been connected with the game within the community in many ways.
Harsimran has been with Genesis Basketball since 2008 and as a player developed skills under coaches Eddie, Jamie and Fabian and now enjoys sharing what he learned with the kids. Harsimran enjoys coaching and wants to pass down what he has learned about the game of basketball to the future generation.