Regina Mundi Catholic College will be home to a competitive, high performance secondary school academy for basketball players for all of Southwestern Ontario starting this Fall.
Dubbed the Southwest Furfaro Academy, the newest addition to the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) is named after Paul Furfaro, former basketball coach at RMC who passed away in 2008 at the age of 34. The Academy will be led by Rob Angione, teacher and coach at RMC who has been a part provincial and national teams through Basketball Ontario and Canada Basketball. Rob will be the program director and lead the girls program while Kevin Barnes, well-known within the local basketball community, leads the boys program.
The OSBA is a highly developed training/competition model for high performance secondary athletes, giving them exposure for talent identification to Canada Basketball, CCAA, CIS and NCAA. Coaches are educated and professionally developed. The program is harmonized with Canada Basketball and offers certification and governance of high school/prep school sports in Ontario. Following the success of the seven male programs that competed in the inaugural season, OSBA is expanding to include female programs.
"The league provides sport schools and academies with proper periodized training, development and competition models for high performance athletes," said Lindsay Walsh, Ontario Basketball's Director of Basketball Development. "We are excited to include female programs next season and build on the success that has already been established in the first season of OSBA."
"We are honored to have been chosen for this prestigious program," said Rob Angione. "The program targets high performance athletes within our region. Selected athletes will be supported through strengthening and conditioning programs, nutrition plans, mental fitness, sport science and more. We are already in conversation with athletes from London, Chatham, Sarnia, Stratford and Windsor."
The London District Catholic School Board educates approximately 18,000 students at 45 elementary, nine secondary schools and the Centre for Lifelong Learning within Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties, including the cities of London, St. Thomas and Woodstock.