Junior Reds Basketball

The Junior Reds

“We started out with a vision and a certain expectation of what we wanted to offer in a youth program and a decade later, we’ve gathered a lot of great stories,” said Jeff Speedy, the head coach of the UNB Reds and general manager of the Junior Reds Program. “Players have had the chance to travel, play with others who may have been rivals in youth leagues and now are friends because of their Junior Reds experience. And we helped make them better basketball players along the way.”

The Junior Reds offer spring and early summer basketball opportunities for girls, in four different age classes; under-11, under-12, under-13, under-14.

UNB basketball alum, including the likes of Laura Fowler, Allie Chalke and Rachel Cleary have worked as coaches within the program, ensuring young players have a chance to benefit directly from athletes competing at the U SPORTS level. This also allows the younger players to develop bonds with current Reds they see on court, competing during the AUS season.
Teams play a series of exhibition games, travel to major tournaments in New England, and regionally, and host the popular "UNB School’s Out Shootout," each June.
 
None of the funds raised through the program go into UNB women’s basketball program. The program is designed to increase awareness of the Reds, while helping mold younger players in the region. Junior Reds teams from the past have included players from Saint John, Woodstock and Harvey. Teams practice two to three times a week and wear the red, black and white for approximately 16 games a season.
 
Looking back, Coach Speedy points to players such as Alex Dickson, Sydney Campbell and his own daughter, Kylee Speedy, of the Leo Hayes High Lions, Claire LeBlanc, of the Fredericton High Black Kats, and Jillian Liston and Lily Orlando, of the Woodstock High Thunder, all former Junior Reds.
During the 2015-16 AUS season, Eva Tumwine became the first former Junior Red to join the Reds. For Speedy, that's special. "It’s very rewarding to have one of them in the fold and it’d be really cool to have four or five at some point, knowing that we played a part in them reaching that dream and reaching that goal.”
 
"We hope every member of this program go on to rewarding basketball careers, academic studies, and flourish as future community leaders,” says Speedy. “We are basketball teams, but there is a commitment to creating a program and creating good habits as a player. We see them at our games throughout the year and we get a chance to watch them on the court for their mini or bantam or high school teams. It’s a rewarding feeling to see so many of them excelling.”
 
Junior Reds 2019 Rosters

U11 Team
 
#2 Marley Carson
#3 Emma McFadgen
#4 Kaitlyn Seeley
#5 Bella Elzayat
#6 Neleh McAloon
#7 Addison Everett-Vail
#8 Delaney Vandertoorn
#9 Bridget Grasman
#10 Rebecca Moore
#11 Ryen Hay
#12 Gabrielle Gauvin
 
COACHES: Head Coach - Moises Perez
                 Assistant Coach - Melissa Gottschall
                 Assistant Coach - Sydney Campbell
 
U12 Team
 
#1 Grace Lenihan
#2 Abby Quinn
#3 Rachel Seeley
#4 Robyn Reeves
#6 June MacKenzie
#7 Ella Simmons
#9 Sophie Ince
#10 Hannah Howland
#11 Ella Clowes
#12 Alana Veillesse
#13 Bronwyn Gillingham
#14 Bennett McLaughlin
 
 
COACHES: Head Coach - Chelsey Collette
                 Assistant Coach - Colleen Daly
                 Assistant Coach - Kylee Speedy
 
U13 Team
 
 
#1 Ava Sprague
#3 Alia Nestoruk
#4 Tasheni Benaya
#5 Allie Vautour
#6 Jorja Dunbar
#7 Emma Purdy
#8 Chelsey Wright
#9 Abbi MacLeod
#10 Summer Jones
#11 Delaney MacElwain
#12 Elian Stevenson
#14 Layla Finnie
 
 
COACHES: Co-Head Coach - Eva Tumwine
                 Co-Head Coach - Mikaela Dodig
 
U14 Team
 
 
#2 Breighten McLaughlin
#3 Bridget Lange
#4 Leah Buyting
#5 Sydney Gahan
#6 Ellie Galbraith
#7 Bailey Russell
#8 Reegan Kerr
#9 Brenna Maxwell
#10 Ava Fullarton
#11 Isabella Quinn
#12 Grace Jensen
#13 Sophie Howland
Addie Mombourquette
Ava Dickson
 
COACHES: Jeff Speedy
                 Katelyn Mangold
                 Grace Wade
 
Testimonials:


Our family has had two daughters involved with the UNB Junior Reds basketball program.

The experience gained and the coaching they receive during the spring and early summer program has paid dividends for both, in terms of developing skills and confidence on the basketball court.

The opportunity for the girls to be around UNB Reds coaches, players and facilities goes an awful long way.

Brad and Shelley Janes 
Fredericton



I can’t say enough about the positive experience we've had with the Junior Reds.

Coaches were amazing with the girls – so patient, kind and an excellent role model for the girls. We need more young women like them around our very impressionable girls!!! 

Angie Godin 
Woodstock, NB



My wife and I would like to thank you and the team that organized and coached this group of kids.

Our daughter was on a bantam team and it's hard to put into words what a positive experience it was for her. Her progression on the court has been remarkable and the positives she'll take forward athletically will benefit her always.

The relationships she has formed, the positive influences from coaches and coping with tough competition has helped prepare her for whatever she may face in the future.

This program is a great benefit to the kids, and basketball in this area.

Thank you for all the work you put into this.

Mark and Kim Corey
Harvey, NB