One of the assistant coaches for the Durham Lords men’s basketball team has been named the head coach of a new provincial program.
Deluxshan Pathmanathan, Durham’s lead assistant coach and recruitment coordinator, will take on the role of head coach for the first Ontario basketball under-13 boys development program this summer.
“I’ve always hoped to be a head coach at a provincial level,” says Pathmanathan, who was the assistant coach for the U14 group last year. Despite that hope, he says he was surprised to get the position this year.
“Because this is my second year with the provincial program, I was expecting possibly another assistant coaching position,” says Pathmanathan.
The U13 program will consist of 10 to 12 student athletes and is a development group to teach players the Canadian style of basketball and prepare them to one day possibly play for older age provincial and national teams.
DC’s director of athletics Ken Babcock says he is excited for Pathmanathan.
“Deluxshan has had a number of opportunities come his way, you know, based on his hard work, his enthusiasm, and his drive to be the best coach he can be,” says Babcock.
“He’s [Pathmanathan] a young and upcoming basketball coach in the province of Ontario and he’s doing all the right things to get him to where he wants to be.”
Pathmanathan says the players in the U13 program will meet once or twice a month on weekends from March to mid-July. He says basketball takes up a lot of his time.
“During the college season, we practice everyday,” says Pathmanathan. “We have games once or twice a week.”
He also has international coaching experience on his resume. Pathmanathan went to Sri Lanka to coach that country’s under 18 national team in September, 2018.
“There’s times where I’m missing for maybe a week or two weeks,” he says. “Maybe two times a year.”
He credits his wife for being supportive of his passion for the sport.
On top of being head coach for the provincial U13 program, Pathmanathan will also head coach the Ontario summer development program for Durham Region this year.