Cheryl Jean-Paul joined the Spartans as the women’s basketball coach in 2010.
Since taking over the head coaching reins, Jean-Paul has a Canada West regular season record of 47-99 through her first seven years. In 2016-17, she led the Spartans to their most successful season ever, guiding TWU to a number of program firsts, including a winning record in the regular season (12-8), a home playoff date and a postseason series win. That success came on the heels of the Jean-Paul’s first playoff appearance as TWU’s head coach in 2015-16.
Aside from her TWU duties, Jean-Paul has been a key coach within Basketball BC, as she was the head coach of the U14 girls’ red team in 2011, the U15 girls’ red team in 2012 and the U16 girls’ team in 2015 that competed in the Western Canada Summer Games. She was also the assistant coach for the U17 girls’ team that won silver at the 2013 Canada Games.
Jean-Paul also works with the Langley-based Special Olympics team and was the co-facilitator for basketball portion of the Special Olympics: Canada Summer Games 2014.
She has also taken the TWU women’s basketball team on three service and missions trips, going to New Orleans in 2012, Paraguay in 2014 and Winnipeg in 2017.
Prior to joining the Spartans, Jean-Paul had over 10 years of coaching experience and a wealth of playing experience.
She spent three years as head coach at Red River College where she won a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference title in 2009. Prior to that, she also won three consecutive conference championships and a provincial bronze medal as the head coach of the River East Collegiate junior varsity team. She was also an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team for two years.
Jean-Paul was the head coach for Manitoba’s 2009 Canada Games U17 girls’ team and was the women’s head coach for the Manitoba Region of Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance program.
Jean-Paul is a Level III NCCP certified coach as well as a Master Learning Facilitator for the NCCP Intro to Competition basketball coaching course. She has been recognized for her coaching abilities by being awarded the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association as well as being a Finalist for the Coaching Manitoba High Performance Coach of the Year award.
In 2009, the Winnipeg native travelled to Zambia and Rwanda to observe and to help their national sporting organizations develop their programming and their pursuit of athletic excellence.
As a five-year player with the University of Manitoba, Jean-Paul earned all-star and MVP honours (1999-2000) with the Bisons, a U SPORTS silver medal and a GPAC conference championship in 1998. Jean-Paul scored over 1000 points in her five-year career and was consistently among the conference leaders in free throw percentage and steals. In 1999, she was involved in an Athletes in Action European tour team that travelled to Switzerland & Slovakia.
Jean-Paul, who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree, is also a level two basketball official who has over eight years of officiating experience, including refereeing in U SPORTS, the Manitoba provincial championships and at the midget girls’ nationals.