Brampton coach who is based in Hamilton gets call from Canada Basketball again


Published April 12, 2022 at 6:37 pm

Patrick Tatham will be guiding some of Canada’s top teenaged basketball talent as they represent the nation this summer.

The Brampton native, who is the head coach of the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton, has been named the coach for Canada at both the FIBA U18 Americas Championship 2022 (June 6-12) and FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2022 (July 2-10). Tatham coached Canada’s under-16 team last summer when it earned a bronze medal at the Americas championship to earn a berth in the U17 worlds.

“We’re assembling two tremendous coaching and support staffs to put both our teams in the best position to win while developing Canada’s top age-group athletes,” Tatham said in a statement. “Every time we step on the court this summer, we’ll do so with an unrivaled passion and commitment to proudly represent our country on the international stage.”

Tatham has been involved with national teams for about a decade. More recently, he coached Canada during the final window of the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 Qualifiers last February. He was also part of the coaching staff for the under-19 men’s national team that won a worlds bronze last year.

That bronze has helped Canada earn the No. 4 spot in the FIBA men’s age-group rankings. The U17 World Cup will be in Malaga, Spain, with Canada in Group A alongside France, Serbia and as-yet-undetermined Asian representative.

Age-group worlds are held every two years. On the men’s side, the U17 worlds are in even-numbered years and under-19s are in odd-numbered years.

Tatham has been the Marauders’ head coach since 2017. Last season, McMaster lost in the OUA West division semifinal to the eventual Wilson Cup conference champion, the Brock Badgers.

Previously, Tatham spent a season as an assistant coach with the Maine Redclaws in what is now called the G League. He was also Ontario University Athletics and Canadian coach of the year in 2015-16, when as an interim coach at Ryerson, he guided the Rams to their first Wilson Cup title.

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