Barnaby Craddock (left) had the ear of his UFV troops

Barnaby Craddock (left) had the ear of his UFV troops

Craddock leaves UFV to join Golden Bears

The University of the Fraser Valley men's basketball team is without a head coach, with Barnaby Craddock leaving for Alberta.

Barnaby Craddock will be leaving his position as head coach of the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades men’s basketball team to take the same job with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

Craddock came to UFV five years ago from Brandon University.  Under Barnaby’s leadership the Cascades reached new heights, culminating with the program’s first trip to the CIS Final 8 national championship, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this past March.

The Cascades earned the 2012 Canada West silver medal, losing by one point (72-71) to Craddock’s new team,  and were ranked fourth in the CIS top 10 poll for the majority of the regular season.

UFV would go on to earn a berth in the CIS Final 4 by defeating Lakehead University (OUA) 83-71 in the CIS quarterfinal game. Craddock’s Canada West regular and post season record at UFV, over five years, was 57-62.

Under Craddock, several Cascades earned Canada West honors.

Coquitlam’s Sam Freeman was named Canada West rookie of the year in 2009-10.

Abbotsford’s Joel Friesen was named to the Canada West second all-star team in 2010-11 and first team in 2011-12 and Surrey’s Kyle Grewal was named to the 2012 CIS Final 8 all-tournament team for his 35 point performance against St. Francis Xavier University (AUS) in the bronze medal game.

“On behalf of UFV, I would like to thank Barnaby for his five years of service to the school and the leadership he provided to the many student-athletes during his tenure with the Cascades,” said UFV’s interim athletic director Chris Bertram. “Everyone at UFV wishes Barnaby all the best with his new role in Alberta.”

A national job search to fill the vacant men’s basketball position will commence immediately.

Sardis secondary school head coach Kyle Graves has been an assistant with UFV the past few seasons and will likely be interested in the job.

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