NORTHSTAR PREPARATORY INSTITUTE
2021/22 COACHING STAFF
DARON RACHAR LEONARD
Prep Boys Head Coach
As a player and competitor, Daron is accomplished in ways that very few can claim, winning multiple championships at every level. Attending A.B. Lucas HS in London, ON, he led the Vikings to City Championships, SWOSSA championships, and OFSAA provincials every year of his 3 year varsity career, with a top finish of 7th place in Ontario at the “AAAA” level. He subsequently trained at Laurinburg Prep (Laurinburg, NC), winning the unofficial national championship against Hargrave Military Academy (FL) at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
In his collegiate career, Daron was known as a prolific scorer. He briefly competed for his hometown Western Mustangs prior to competing at the highest level in the country with the Carleton Ravens, winning multiple national titles. While developing in an environment driven by competition and constructive conflict led by the coaching staff of Dave Smart, widely considered the most successful coach in the history of Canadian basketball, Daron was exposed to a philosophy and culture that challenges you to exist outside of your comfort zones. The personal accolades and awards - including conference all-star, multiple games of 30+ points, and several tournament all-star awards (Raptors Invitational, House-Laughton Classic, Naismith Classic) - are secondary to the lessons taken away from his time with the Ravens. Daron briefly played overseas prior to suffering a career-ending knee injury, but was able to achieve the personal goal of playing professionally in quality leagues (Swiss LNA, Italy Serie A) as a Canadian import.
Upon returning to the game in his capacity as a coach, Daron specialized in player development and coordinated defensive schemes for the H.B. Beal Raiders (London, ON), which was (and still is) a perennial contender at the provincial level in Ontario. Working with renowned coaches Tony Marcotullio (Fanshawe College) and Angelo Provenzano (London Basketball Academy), the Raiders won the City Championship, SWOSSA qualifiers and ranked top 10 in the “AAAA” division in every year, with the highest ranking of #4 in the province behind Eastern Commerce (Toronto), Henry Carr (Toronto) and Milliken Mills (Markham) in 2009. During his time at Beal, Daron had the opportunity to be involved in the development of multiple future NCAA and CIS players.
When his personal life brought him to Winnipeg, MB, Daron again found a passion for the game in player development, this time working with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen, and helping them to become the first Wesmen team in the CIS era to earn a playoff berth. He worked primarily with the players who would become the programs top players, and Conference All-Stars.
Eager to bring his own philosophy and culture to forefront of a program, Daron established the Northstar Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization primarily for inner-city youth with a focus on social and athletic development for post-secondary preparation. As the program has grown, it has opened the door for additional programming, including a training academy and AAU program. This has all led to Northstar Preparatory Institute, and pioneering the first basketball program of its kind in the province of Manitoba. Buoyed by the established development structure and a proven track record of teaching fundamentals as well as pushing established amateur talent to the professional level, Daron continues to break barriers and is quickly establishing Northstar as a top tier program in North America.
Prep Boys Associate Coach
Corey grew up in Detroit, MI, attending Ferndale H.S. winning regional and district championships in Oakland County Class A prior to attending the University of Windsor. Playing for the Lancers under renowned coach Chris Oliver (President, Basketball Immersion), Corey got directly into coaching as an assistant with Windsor and with Detroit Family, one of the original AAU powerhouses in the United States.
Corey is well known for his personable demeanour, his vast network and his highly intellectual approach to the game from both a training and development perspective and with in-game situations. With Detroit Family, Corey led the 15U program to an EYBL championship in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. With one of the most impressive track records of youth coaching in America, Corey has also worked with Powerhouse Hoops (UAA) where he led the 15U to the championship game prior to starting Arizona Elite (previously known under a different name) under the Nike banner. Through Corey’s success and rising notoriety, he was asked to coach the vaunted Team Strive for Greatness 15U with such talent as Bronny James, Dior Johnson, Skyy Clark, Jahzaire Jackson among many others.
Most recently, Corey has been focused on the development of his AEBC program, taking an underdog squad to a bronze medal finish in the West 8 MADE circuit, and earning a spot in Nike’s Peach Jam in the program’s first year of MADE competition. He is also the head coach of Vegas Elite’s 16U program, one of the top EYBL teams in America.
Corey joins Northstar as an associate coach with intimate knowledge of the American system, helping our players navigate not only the recruitment process, but providing valuable experience and feedback to our athletes from the highest levels of youth basketball. He is an excellent role model for young players, and brings a presence that commands loyalty, respect and admiration.
2021/22 SUPPORT STAFF
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Shaun starred at both Seneca College in North York, ON, and the University of Winnipeg, and basketball has created opportunities for him to see many parts of Canada and the United States he may not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience. Shaun is a big believer of using the tools you have to get you where you want to be, which is a lesson he passes forward through countless hours of volunteering in coaching high school basketball as well as club track and field. NPI has given him the opportunity to open doors for athletes that would have otherwise been closed. He believes strongly in the community based program with philosophies to encourage, teach and guide athletes in the right direction.
Starting this fall, Shaun will be overseeing the execution of our collaborative programs with Jr. NBA, WMBA and Peg City that provide Winnipeg's youth an opportunity for hands-on training with our Northstar athletes at multiple locations across the city. For registration in these programs, please see the links available on our home page or visit: www.wmba.ca
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