Our Staff

Train with the Best

Coach Jamil Abiad

Head Coach & Founder

Accomplishments:

BISHOPS UNIVERSITY (2010-2015)
SILVER MEDALIST RSEQ
GOLD MEDALIST RSEQ
NATIONALS APPEARANCE (6th)

BISHOP GAITERS GARSMITH AWARD
PROVIGO ROBERT LAFOND ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
2015-2016
2017-2018

CURRENTLY:

OTTAWA BLACKJACKS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACH (https://www.theblackjacks.ca/bio---jamil-abiad )

GLOBAL BASKETBALL TRAINER ( Jamil Abiad - NL Fitness ) 
UNDER ARMOUR INFLUENCER
NBYMP MENTOR
NEXT LEVEL MEDIA OWNER ( Next Level Media )
LOUIS RIEL JR BOYS " HEAD COACH "
UNDER ARMOUR RISING STARS "INSTRUCTOR"

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Coach Michael L'African

Assistant Coach

Accomplishments:

 

U Ottawa
2015-16 U SPORTS Player of the Year
2015-16 OUA Player of the Year
2015-16 OUA First Team All-Star
2015-16 University of Ottawa Athlete of the Year
2011-12 U SPORTS All-Rookie Team
2011-12 OUA EAST All-Rookie Team

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

2016-2017

207-2018

CURRENTLY

U OTTAWA ASSISTANT COACH

OTTAWA BLACKJACKS SKILL DEVELOPMENT & VIDEO COORDINATOR

Coach Mike Theodore

Assistant Coach

Accomplishments:


2012 U17 Provincial Champion
2016 Wesmen Classic MVP
2017 Lakehead Most Improved Player
2017 Team Leader in Offensive Rebounding
2017 Top 10 in USports in offensive rebounding
2018 Graduated with a degree in Political Science.

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Coach Johnathan Bermillo

Lead Assistant Coach U17

Accomplishments:


1x CCAA National Champion

1x RSEQ U-Sports Champion

2x team MVP Bishop's University

3x League All-star

Former Professional player in the ABL

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Coach Derick Bulley

Lead Assistant Coach U19

Accomplishments:

6 Regional championships

3 School board championships

Provincial bronze & two provincial gold medals

3x National Capital All-Star Classic Coach

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Coach Motayo Mbayo

Assistant Coach

Motayo has been around basketball his entire life as a player and is now looking forward to giving back by coaching. He is very keen on development and will put a lot of focus on helping our athletes progress as individuals. 

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Ismail Chbibi

Performance & Strength Coach

Ismail “Ish” Chbihi Ismail At Capital Physiotherapy Capital Physiotherapy & Athletic Performance is the owner of and resident Kinesiologist at Capital Physiotherapy & Athletic Performance. With his wealth of clinical and field experience as a Kinesiologist, he works to help athletes maximize their athleticism and prevent injury. Ish’s clinical experience is what makes his approach to Strength & Conditioning/ Training athletes different. Through his extensive assessment tools, Ish develops and conducts High-Performance training protocols for competitive and professional athletes that are truly individualized and tailored to their body’s needs.

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Sierra Wright

Nutritionist

Sierra Wright is a Registered Holistic Nutritional Practitioner (R.H.NP), 200hr Yoga Teacher, Pranayama & Breath work Coach and apprenticed Red Seal Chef. 

Her practices focuses on a wholesome, nutrient-dense approach with nutrition that supports the entire body, mind, and soul connection to maximize results. She works with athletes to support their nutritional bioavailability by focusing with the client on a personalized level, understanding their specific needs for overall health success. 

Ensuring requirements are met to optimize stamina, endurance, and overall performance is of the utmost importance when creating meal plans. All clients' dietary preferences - vegan to keto - are fully respected, and she seeks to help them feel their best while assessing thoroughly for nutritional efficiency and overall health success. 

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Pharel Pierre

Media Relations

Pharel Pierre comes with a strong passion not only in media but in sports. He is the main videographer for Next Level media and has been with the company for 1 year now. He has shown tremendous upside in his work. Our goal at Believe is to make sure we give all our players the chance and exposure to be seen all across Canada.
Next level media will cover all games throughout the year. This will give our players the opportunity to have game film to send to coaches and give them that extra edge over other players. We are looking forward to working closely with @nlevelmedia

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Steven Amirikah

Director of Community Engagment

Steven Amirikah previously worked as a Policy Advisor for the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, where he advised and provided leadership to Ministers, the Premier’s Office and senior management on sport, recreation, and community programs. He developed policies and program, which promoted amateur sports through targeted funding. Further, he developed the Sports Action Plan to make Ontario the best place to play sports. This Plan includes increasing sport hosting funding, enhancing sport safety, and modernizing combative sports. He has worked with national/provincial sport organizations, communities, universities, and other sport stakeholders to increase participation in sports and develop athletes from the playgrounds to the podium.

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Kane Obas

Media Relations

Kane has always been into filming since a very young age. He has always loved telling stories through editing as seeing the final product was something he found very rewarding. After graduating high school, Kane attended Algonquin College where he took the Television Broadcasting program. It was here that he began to find a new love for creating sports content.

 

After graduating, Kane joined the Ottawa Blackjacks as a videographer. He would shoot different videos that they would use for their social media and league posts. 

Kane now hopes to continue to grow his skills as a videographer.