WOLFVILLE, N.S. – Acadia basketball assistant coach Daniel De Palma will be one among 30 coaches vying for honours as Sport Nova Scotia's Support4Sport Coach of the Year. De Palma was recently named Basketball Nova Scotia's (BNS) coach of the year in part for his thrilling U17 Boys Team Nova Scotia gritty comeback win over Ontario in the National championship final hosted by the University of Winnipeg this past summer.
De Palma, who is an assistant coach for the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen, coached in his first national championship this past summer since being named as the U15 Boys Development Team Nova Scotia head coach in 2013. De Palma began coaching within the BNS ranks in 2012 as an assistant coach with former Cape Breton Capers head coach Matt Skinn.
Since 2012, De Palma has served as head coach for the U15 Development squad in 2013, U14 Team Nova Scotia in 2014, U16 Team Nova Scotia in 2015 and last summer's national championship U17 squad.
"I am extremely honoured to be named Basketball Nova Scotia's Coach of the Year and a nominee of the Nova Scotia Support4Sport Coach of the Year", said De Palma. "With BNS, I have worked with the top players of Nova Scotia and have developed as a coach, for that I am forever grateful. I could not have grown as a coach without the opportunities and support that BNS and Acadia has given me."
De Palma added, "Winning Nationals last summer in Winnipeg could not have happened without a hard working and dedicated staff of Kevin Duffie and Brent Ritchie, and a talented team that played together and represented the province tremendously."
This past AUS season, De Palma became an assistant coach with both the Acadia Axewomen, who were AUS finalist this past season and the Axemen. Both programs have benefited from his choice to assist both teams.
De Palma completed his first season with the Axewomen and head coach Len Harvey is grateful for his addition to the staff.
"Danny is incredibly hard working, and really loves and honours the game of basketball. He is very deserving of this honour from Basketball Nova Scotia after guiding the provincial team to a National Championship this past summer. Danny took his opportunity and with his thoughtfulness, hard work, dedication, and knowledge of the game, achieved great success. I know the players on that team benefited from Danny's leadership. We are proud of Danny always, and are very happy that he is receiving this well-deserved recognition", noted Harvey.
As an assistant with De Palma's U17 Boys national championship team, Axemen head coach Kevin Duffie was also thrilled and happy for De Palma's recognition.
"I am very happy for Danny to be recognized for the work he has put in over the years with BNS. He truly cares about the game of basketball and players he coaches. His goal, when working with any team, is to try and make each player better and when you come from a place of service like that, it creates a positive experience", said Duffie.
De Palma will be among 30 other coaches who will be recognized at the Support4Sport Awards Gala hosted by Sport Nova Scotia on Saturday, May 27th at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre. Only one will be named the Support4Sport Coach of the Year.