LONDON, Ont. — After a nation-wide search, the Western Mustangs women’s basketball team has its new bench boss for the 2019-20 season.
Bringing with him nearly two decades of coaching experience, Nate McKibbon has been named the next women’s basketball coach for the Mustangs. Most recently, McKibbon served as the Head Coach of the women’s basketball program with the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary, Alberta.
McKibbon and the Cougars went 2-18 last season in Canada West play to finish in 16th place in the 17-team conference.
“After a national search, the hiring committee is pleased to welcome Nate McKibbon as our Mustang women’s basketball coach,” said Christine Stapleton, Mustangs Director of Sports and Recreation Services, in a release posted on the Western athletics website. “We look forward to Nate’s leadership of our women’s basketball team and his engagement with our campus community.”
McKibbon is eager to get things started with his new program.
“”I am excited for the opportunity to work with a basketball program with a rich history of great players and coaches.” added McKibbon.
For McKibbon, the move to London, Ontario is a homecoming, of sorts. The native of Hamilton will be returning to his home province, and he’s looking to hit the ground running while forging relationships with the players.
“My plans in the short term are to focus on player development for the athletes already involved in the program, to build relationships with some of the top recruits across Canada and to connect with the greater basketball community in London,” concluded McKibbon.
The Mustangs are coming off an up-and-down season in 2018-19, one that saw the team finish the season with a record of 5-19. Western dropped eight straight to close out the regular season, and they finished tied for 8th place in the OUA – West Division at year’s end.
Western was a young team last season, with 12 of the players listed on their online roster either in their first or second year of eligibility. With another year of experience under their belts, and with the bulk of the roster projected to be back this season, McKibbon will look to lead the Mustangs back to the post-season in what is a rebuilding year for the program.
McKibbon will begin his role with the Mustangs on July 15th in preparation of the 2019-20 season which begins October 23rd on the road against the Windsor Lancers.
– T. Bennett
Information from the Western Mustangs contributed to this post.