Saskatchewan Rattlers announce 2021 coaching staff

The Saskatchewan Rattlers, member club of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), today announced their coaching staff for the 2021 CEBL season.

Conor Dow, Mario Celebre, Paige Crozon and Jeremy Wielenga will join Chad Jacobson’s staff as the Rattlers enter the 2021 season. Conor Dow joins the Saskatchewan Rattlers bench for the 2021 season as the lead assistant coach. His experience ranges from coaching, scouting, recruiting, basketball operations, and his work ethic will be an integral part of the Rattlers coaching staff as we continue to build the roster for the 2021 season. Dow joins the Rattlers after spending the past two years as an assistant coach for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. The legends are the G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The Needham Massachusetts native previously worked as a player development intern with the Mavericks before joining the Legends. Before his time with the Mavericks, Dow spent two years as the Director of Basketball Operations at Lafayette College. Dow played college basketball at Clark University, where he got his start in scouting/recruiting as a student-athlete.

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After graduating from Clark University, Dow served as Director of Basketball Operations at the MPLEX before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as an assistant basketball coach. During his time at MIT, Dow not only assisted in the recruitment of student-athletes but also helped coordinate the MIT Academy.

Mario Celebre returns to the Rattlers coaching staff after being an assistant coach for the team during the 2020 CEBL Summer Series. Celebre re-joins the team as an assistant coach as well as the video coordinator. Celebre is currently the Men’s assistant coach with Ryerson University. Before joining Ryerson University, Celebre spent the 2019-20 season as head coach of RISE Prep (Brantford, ON). In 2018-19, the Toronto, ON-native was the lead assistant with the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) Champions TRC Academy. Celebre also spent one year at the University of Toronto as the Coordinator of Video and Analytics (2017-2018).

Paige Crozon is entering her first year as the Assistant Coach for the Saskatchewan Rattlers. She is also currently the Assistant Coach for the University of Lethbridge Women’s Basketball Team and the Manager of the Living Skies Indigenous Basketball League, Saskatchewan’s first-ever province-wide Indigenous Basketball League.

Crozon recently made the transition from athlete to coach. The Humboldt, SK-native played professionally in Europe in the Premier German League, and with the Canadian National Team for nine years. With Team Canada, she played in three World Championships, the Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, FISU World Games, and other events. Crozon is still a member of Team Canada 3x3 and is currently ranked #7 in the world for women’s 3x3 players. Most recently, Team Canada 3x3 played in the 2019 Women’s Series where they finished 2nd overall, and won four international tournaments.

Crozon left Saskatchewan to play basketball for the University of Utah on full scholarship, in the NCAA PAC-12 Conference. There, she earned degrees in both Bachelor of Science in Management and Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion. While playing for the University of Utah, Crozon scored over 1000 career points and earned All-Conference and All-Conference Academic honours.

Crozon joins the Rattlers as the first-ever female coach of a men’s professional team in provincial history.

Jeremy Wielenga also joins the Rattlers for his first season with the club. Wielenga has been the head coach at Keyano College since 2017. Over the course of his stint with the Keyano College Huskies, Wielenga has led the team to the most wins in program history sporting a 53-19 regular season record. The Brandon, MB.-native took home a bronze medal finish as well as the ACAC North Coach of the Year in the 2019-20 season. Prior to joining the Huskies Wielenga spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Winnipeg (2016-17), Lakehead University (2014-15) and Brandon University (2010-14).

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