Black Canadian Coach Named Executive Director of Ontario Basketball Association

Toronto, ON: Claude Nembhard, longtime Greater Toronto Area basketball coach has been named the Executive Director at Provincial Sport Organization Basketball Ontario. Nembhard is as a former player turned coach, and has dedicated a number of years to enhancing grassroots, club, and high performance growth of Ontario and Canadian basketball.

The Nembhards (from L to R): Ryan, Claude, Andrew and Mary.

Following in their fathers footsteps, Claude’s sons Andrew and Ryan, who both play for Team Canada, have been recognized as top talented players in North America. Both compete in the United States; Andrew is a current Senior at Gonzaga University, and 2021 NBA projected draft pick while Ryan, the youngest, is headed to Creighton University on a Division 1 scholarship following a stellar prep basketball school career at Montverde Academy in Florida.

Photo courtesy: On Point Basketball

Nemhard previously served as a Board of Director for Ontario Basketball and transitions into his new role immediately.

As someone who been involved with the OBA for a number of years in nearly every capacity – as a club and Team Ontario and AAU coach, Board member, and a parent of 2 boys who have thrived in what the OBA has had to offer over the years, I believe bring a clear understanding and knowledge of the environment. I am excited for the challenges ahead in these difficult times but I am extremely optimistic for the future of Ontario basketball.

On what it means to be appointed Executive Director?

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