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About Us - Raptors Development

what is raptors basketball development?

Growing the game we love - together! Raptors Basketball Development is the official team bringing you the latest and greatest in Raptors community sport programming.

RaptorsDevelopment.com is a place where you can find Programs, Resources and other Information for:

  • Youth (aspiring basketball stars)
  • Coaches (of all levels)
  • Parents (from all over the world)

who are we?

The Raptors Basketball Development staff are a group of enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable basketball experts committed to teaching the fundamentals of the game to players of all ages and skill levels. Our staff consists of professional educators, elite basketball coaches, semi-professional players and high performance athletes.

A caring leader is an essential component to ensuring a positive experience for your child. You will take comfort in knowing that all staff hold National Coaching Certificate Program (NCCP) designations and go through a thorough annual training that includes but is not limited to: interviews, reference checks, criminal record checks, and on/off-court workshops.



Coordinator, Basketball Development

My name is Spencer Gibson...

On the court, I am a: Shooting Guard

Off the court, I am a: Father

Favourite Quote: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." 

I am passionate about: Using sport as a vehicle to build bridges and break barriers to bring us all together. 


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Aprille...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard

Off the court, I am a: Business Owner

Favourite Quote: "Stay happy, stay healthy, stay hydrated." 

I am passionate about: Health, wellness and my creative work.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Aria...

On the court, I am a: Small Forward

Off the court, I am a: Administrative Assistant

Favourite Quote: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

I am passionate about: Teaching life skills through sport and fostering positive engagement in and around my community.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Audrey...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Off the court, I am a: Mother

Favourite Quote: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." 

I am passionate about: Influencing and leading Black youth towards a safe a successful future.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Brittania...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Off the court, I am a: Community Leader

Favourite Quote: "If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” 

I am passionate about: Teaching life lessons through sport.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Brittany...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Off the court, I am a: Real Estate Agent

Favourite Quote: "Offense wins games. Defense wins championships."

I am passionate about: "1sts". Trying new things (food, travelling, skills and more), because you never know - you might love them!  When was the last time you tried something for the first time?


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Darius...

On the court, I am a: Small Forward

Off the court, I am a: Son

Favourite Quote: "When one door closes, another opens. Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the new one that has opened for us." 

I am passionate about: Using God's gift of talent and passing on every bit of knowledge to anyone willing to learn.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is George...

On the court, I am a: Shooting Guard

Off the court, I am a: Father

Favourite Quote: "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

I am passionate about: Using sport as a vehicle to build confidence in young people and as a means to learn and apply valuable life skills. 


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Jemar...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard

Off the court, I am a: Social Worker

Favourite Quote: "Love what you love."

I am passionate about: Youth, I love working and seeing young people grow. 


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Josh...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard

Off the court, I am a: Teacher

Favourite Quote: "If you don't grind, you can't shine."

I am passionate about: Coaching basketball players to reach their highest goals. 


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Mahal...

On the court, I am a: Shooting Guard AND the best defender!!

Off the court, I am a: Student 

Favourite Quote: "We all have the power to change the game & use the game to create change."

I am passionate about: Spreading laughter & joy through basketball.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Marlon...

On the court, I am a: Small Forward/Power Forward

Off the court, I am a: Father

Favourite Quote: "There’s no point in knowledge if you don’t share it." 

I am passionate about: Equality.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Maya...

On the court, I am a: Power Forward

Off the court, I am a: Student 

Favourite Quote: "A person's most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others."  

I am passionate about: Using sport to educate, uplift, and inspire youth to discover their full potential - regardless of race, economic status, or gender.  


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Mckasey...

On the court, I am a: Power Forward

Off the court, I am a: Financial Advisor

Favourite Quote: "Enjoy life, work hard and sacrifice time for what you really want."

I am passionate about: Being a mentor to the youth and young adults in my community. I love being around people and sharing my experience and knowledge to help them succeed.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Nick...

On the court, I am a: Power Forward

Off the court, I am a: Husband

Favourite Quote: "Be kind - for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about." 

I am passionate about: Using the power of sport to develop better people and stronger communities.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Nicole...

On the court, I am a: Small Forward

Off the court, I am a: Mother

Favourite Quote: "You get what you give."

I am passionate about: Teaching life skills through sport.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Omari...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard

Off the court, I am a: College Head Coach

Favourite Quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."

I am passionate about: Living, laughing and loving everything that is life. Passing on anything and everything I learn along the way to anyone that needs it.



Raptors Development Coach

My name is Patrick...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard

Off the court, I am a: Social Worker

Favourite Quote: "Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.”

I am passionate about: Teaching youth about life skills tied to basketball and applying them to become better versions of themselves.


Raptors Development Coach

My name is Vanathy...

On the court, I am a: Point Guard/Shooting Guard

Off the court, I am a: Mental Health Professional

Favourite Quote: "There is more happiness in doing one’s own (path) without excellence than in doing another’s (path) well."

I am passionate about: Traveling. I am happiest when I'm fully immersed in learning about other cultures, food and way of living.