2013 Bob Giordano Memorial Award Recipient
“What a journey...what a season...what an experience.” Those were Dino Gini’s words when he made B.C. High School Basketball history in 2013, doing the impossible of coaching not one but two provincial teams to gold medal wins on the same day.
Currently in his 22nd consecutive year of volunteer coaching basketball in Kelowna high schools, Coach Gini had a remarkable 2013 season. It started with the Immaculata Senior Girls team winning their sixth provincial title, tying the record for provincial gold for a school in B.C. Then, within an hour, his Immaculata Senior Boys team went on to win their first provincial gold in the team’s history. Only once before had the same school won both titles at provincials, and never before had it been with the same coach.
Beyond high school sports, Dino has been on Kelowna Minor Basketball’s executive since 1998 and is currently in charge of player and coach development. He is a member of Basketball BC and has coached numerous regional teams over the years as well as three Summer Games teams. He is currently involved with the Men’s Basketball program and doing player development and recruitment for UBCO. He is also just starting into his third season as head coach of the U17 Junior Heat team.