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
CCAA Women’s Basketball National Champion Coach
Club Team Coach
Player Development 

Coaching Experience:

Thompson Rivers University Assistant Coach
NAIT Ooks WBB Lead Assistant Coach
NAIT Ooks WBB Skill Trainer
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 Beaumont Composite High School Women’s Basketball
Head Coach Spruce Grove Composite High School Women’s Basketball
NCCP Fundamentals
NCCP Learn to Train
NCCP Train to Compete

Keaton
Smith

Full Time Kinesiologist
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:
Head Coach Spruce Grove Composite High School Men’s Basketball
NCCP Train to Compete
John Paul II Jr High

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

Aphia
Ward

Full Time IPP Coordinator
Girls Program Coordinator
High School Girls Coach

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
NAIT Ooks WBB Assistant Coach

NCCP in Training

Playing Experience:
University of Waterloo
NAIT

Liz
Salcedo

Club Team Coach
U13 Boys and Girls Coordinator

Absolute magic happens with the basketball in her hands. Liz’s knowledge, passion, and intensity for the game put her in a rare position of possessing all of the tools needed to excel at coaching at any level. The immediate impact she makes on players is incredibly positive, and translates to their game play almost immediately.

Playing Experience:
NAIT Ooks

Paul Kane Wbb

Colten
Smith

U13 Boys Head Coach
U15 Boys Head Coach

Coaching Experience:
Head Coach Greystone Sr. Boy’s Basketball
NCCP in Training

Sherwin
Ward

National Teams
Club Teams
Master of the Finger Roll 

Coaching Experience:
All of the things