SOUTHWEST ACADEMY STAFF
COACH Rob Angione
Founding Partner & Girls Head Coach
Rob is entering his third season leading the girls program. Rob is a teacher at Regina Mundi and active in the regional basketball community. Rob has been fortunate to have also coached with the London Ramblers Basketball Club for 10 years and, most recently, leading the JUEL program where his team captured the inaugural JUEL Prep Championship in 2014 and was recognized as the 2017 London Ramblers and JUEL League Coach of the Year. Rob is also a part of the Ontario Basketball Association family having been an assistant coach with Team Ontario, a regional CP Head Coach, as well as the Huron Region Targeted student-athlete Strategy coach since 2014. Rob is also the director of the largest girl’s basketball tournament in Ontario (the 32 team Western University Purple and White Tournament) and hosted AAA OFSAA in 2013. Under his direction and with the full support of his administration, Southwest Academy will provide a first class, elite and truly holistic experience for its student-athletes. Southwest Academy and Regina Mundi Catholic Secondary School in association with the London District Catholic School board are committed to a long term sustainable, competitive and thriving relationship.
COACH KEVIN BARNES
Founding Partner and Boys Head Coach
Coach Kevin Barnes is entering his third season as the HC for our boys program. He is also a member of the U17 Ontario provincial team as an assistant coach. Before founding SW he spent 5 years 2010-2015 working with the Western Mustangs men’s basketball program as a U-Sports assistant coach. In that time coach Barnes was also the head coach of various London Ramblers high school boys club teams and has run several Basketball Ontario TIDP evaluations and teams. Coach Barnes also possesses a Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education degree from the University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty and also has earned a diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services from Conestoga College. Coach Barnes has spent over a decade working as a basketball director and head councilor with Five Star Basketball, Camp Wayne for Boys, and various independently run basketball camps. Coach Barnes has a clear professional development plan including NCCP Train to Win certification and the National Coaching Institute. Coach Barnes will prepare and develop SW student-athletes in a professional manner and will maximize the potential of our players student-athletes, program, and family.
Efrem attended Fanshawe College for his post-secondary education and was a member of the Men's basketball team. He was a starting point guard and a leader both on and off the court. Efrem has been coaching youth basketball since 1999 and during that time has been blessed with the opportunity to coach local kids from diverse communities and backgrounds. Efrem strives to provide positive energy and support for our student athletes in our daily training environment.
Richard played basketball at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary in St.thomas. during his playing career he was a member of 3 teams that earned medal’s at the OFSAA championships. He also attended Durham College and graduated in with a diploma in Sports Business Management with a specializing in marketing and branding. Richard is also currently a member of the London Basketball officials board and is an active college level official.
Strength and Mental Toughness Coach
Billy has spent more than 15 years coaching at the college and high school level. Billy has worked with teams in the OCAA and in Usports. Billy also played basketball at the high school level in Australia before moving back to Canada where he was a multi-sport athlete. Billy earned a division I NCAA scholarship for football and earned his degree as a student athlete. Billy’s professional focus includes his work as an instructor in the areas of mental preparation as well as resilience mindset and high-level performance among first responders and athletes.