Our Origin Story

Long, long ago there was a girl… a girl who wanted to play basketball. A girl who dreamed about building life long friendships with other like minded girls playing the sport that she loved. She had watched her brother build these friendships doing just that over several years and wanted so badly to have the same opportunity. Her brother, very thankful for the friendships he had built, still found himself wanting more. He was looking for the chance to improve, the chance to be the player he knew could be if given the extra time and attention.

Not able to find either of these things within their community, they turned to those who they knew would lead them in the right direction… their family. Together they decided that the best plan was to destroy the existing norms, using their passion for the game and love for one another to build something new. Something that supported not only them but other who shared in their passion for something more, something new and something that would include their hopes and dreams.

In their search for ways to create something new they decided to break it all down and rebuild their concept into an entirely new system, never seen before. As fierce as fire and flame the Lava Mermaids rose from the volcanic ash… an inclusive, holistic basketball club was formed. Where everyone is welcome, everyone is respected and all individuals have control over their own destiny.

We are fierce creatures who will not let others hold us back, who will not let others tell us we are not good enough, we are a family where we care for and respect each athlete.

Welcome to the Lava Mermaids Basketball Club, where the friends and relationships forged in the volcano are carried throughout life!

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Coaching Staff

Andrew
Reid

Founder of Lava Mermaids Basketball Club
Club Team Coach
Player Development 

Coaching Experience:
NAIT Ooks WBB Lead Assistant Coach
SGCHS WBB Assistant Coach
NCCP Learn to Train
NCCP Train to Train
NCCP Train to Compete

Stephanee
Slater

Founder of Lava Mermaids Basketball Club
Club Team Coach
Player Development

Coaching Experience:
Head Coach Spruce Grove Composite High School
NCCP Fundamentals
NCCP Learn to Train
NCCP Train to Compete

Todd
Warnick

Lava Mermaids Basketball Academy

Program Director and Head Coach

NCCP Level 3 Basketball (Train to Compete)- Full Certification

Head Coach NAIT Women’s Basketball 2010-Present
Head Coach Concordia University of Edmonton Women’s Basketball 2006-2009
Head Coach Basketball Alberta North Girls Center for Performance 2014
Head Coach Vancouver Island University Men’s Basketball 2001-2006
Head Coach Basketball British Columbia U-16 Boys Provincial Team 2003-2005

CCAA Bronze Medalist – Women’s Basketball 2015-16 (NAIT)
ACAC Gold Medalist – Women’s Basketball 2015-16 (NAIT)
ACAC Bronze Medalist – Women’s Basketball 2013-14 (NAIT)
ACAC Bronze Medalist – Women’s Basketball 2012-13 (NAIT)
ACAC Gold Medalist – Women’s Basketball 2007-08 (Concordia)
ACAC Coach of the Year – Women’s Basketball 2006-07 (Concordia)
CCAA  National Bronze Medalist – Men’s Basketball 2004-05 (VIU)
PacWest Silver Medalist – Men’s Basketball 2004-05 (VIU)

CCAA All-Canadian Athletes coached – 6
ACAC All-Conference Athletes Coached – 24

Regular Season Career Record (ACAC Women’s Basketball)
203 Win’s – 95 Losses

Playoff Career Record (ACAC Women’s Basketball)
5 Wins – 22 Loses

Keaton
Smith

Boys Program Coordinator
High School Boys Head Coach
U15 Boys Head Coach

This Spruce Grove Basketball Legend is no stranger to coaching. After leading and coaching on the floor of a SPA team for 3 years, Keaton moved on to play at the University of Augustana and helped captured the school’s first medal in ACAC history. He became an X’s and O’s master helping the coaching staff draw up plays and leading the team both on and off of the court. Keaton joined the LMBC coaching staff by assisting the very first HS boys team. He quickly proved himself an incredible coach and now oversees the entire boys program. 

Coaching Experience:
NCCP Train to Compete
John Paul II Jr High

Playing Experience:
UofA Augustana Vikings
St Peter the Apostle Catholic HS

Aphia
Ward

High School Girls, College Prep Girls

One of the best basketball players to ever come out of the Edmonton Area, Aphia brings a unique perspective to coaching. She has been coaching for years with different teams in the area and has found a home with LMBC. Upon her return to Edmonton after playing 4 years at the University of Waterloo, she took on the helm of some of our highest level teams, and players immediately started absorbing her knowledge of the game. The future is bright for both Aphia’s coaching career and every player she coaches. 

Coaching Experience:
CCAA Apprentice Coach 2022
NCCP in Training

Playing Experience:
University of Waterloo
NAIT

Kat
McDougall

Club Team Coach

PointGod 

Playing Experience:
NAIT WBB
Team Saskatchewan

Malesha
Petterson

Club Team Coach
Skill Trainer

Coaching Experience:
NCCP Learn to Train

Playing Experience:
NAIT WBB – ACAC Champion, CCAA Bronze
Bohemian National Team
Texas
Florida

Aliyah
Johnson

Club Team Coach
Skill Trainer

Playing Experience:
Keyano Huskies WBB
– ACAC All-Conference Team
– ACAC Champion
NAIT Ooks

Colten
Smith

U13 Boys Head Coach

Sherwin
Ward

National Teams

Charna
Gudžulić

Club Team Coach

Playing Experience:
Ross Sheppard High School