DC basketball coach steps onto world stage

Deluxhan Pathmanathan (centre) addresses the Durham Lords men's basketball team during a game. Photo credit: DC Athletics

The lead assistant coach of the Durham Lords men’s basketball team is off to Buenos Aires, Argentina to coach the U18 Sri Lankan entry in the Youth Olympic Games this month.

Deluxshan Pathmanathan will represent his home country and attempt to bring a gold medal back to Oshawa.

The Sri Lankan job is one of several Pathmanathan has had recently.

He has been the lead assistant coach and recruitment coordinator for the Lords men’s basketball team since the 2015-16 season.

Last summer he was the assistant coach of the U14 Ontario provincial team. He took part in numerous coaching opportunities, including the Centre for Performance in the Durham Region.

In August, he was a part of the Ontario Summer Games where he coached the Kawartha Region team. He also had the opportunity to coach the Canada Junior Basketball Academy.

Christopher Cameron, sports information and special events coordinator of Durham College and UOIT, is really pleased for Pathmanathan’s opportunity to coach the Sri Lankan team.

“I think it’s super cool. Deluxshan has been here for a few years and he was brought by (Durham head coach) Desmond Rowley for a reason,” Cameron says. “I think it’s just really cool for someone that works with our school, our department and has the opportunity to do something on an international scale. I’m just super excited for him.”

He believes the opportunity Pathmanathan has could help other coaches at Durham and UOIT.

“I think anytime you can get this kind of opportunity for any of our coaches it puts a little bit of a spotlight on your program,” he says. “So even if it was a soccer coach it brings attention to the entire program as a whole.”

The Youth Olympic Games will be held Oct. 6-18.