Berza joins the Ridgebacks as the program’s first assistant coach.
“With Mikaela’s depth of knowledge and experience, I couldn’t ask for a better fit for our program,” said Eniojukan. “She’s worked alongside Canada Basketball national team head coaches in both the men’s and women’s programs, so she knows exactly what it takes to build a winning program.”
Experience with U SPORTS basketball is something Berza already has plenty of after spending five years with both Ryerson Rams basketball programs. From 2011 to 2016, she was the special assistant to the men’s basketball head coach, and during that time from 2013 to 2015, she was also the assistant coach and video coordinator of the women’s team.
Currently she is the team and camp manager for Canada Basketball, a role she started in 2012. During that time, she has worked with the senior men’s and women’s teams, U19/18 men’s and U17/16 women’s national teams, and the women’s national development team in 2014.
She is also currently in her second season as an assistant coach for Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts. With the Colts, her focus has been on practices, skill development, video scouting and breaking down of game film for individual player’s self-scouting.
“I’m very honoured and thrilled for the opportunity to join coach Eniojukan and the UOIT Ridgebacks. To be a part of a program from its inception is a rare opportunity and I am excited to help build a successful basketball program,” said Berza. “I have been very lucky to have worked with such highly-respected coaches in Roy Rana, Carly Clarke, Patrick Tatham and Jodi Gram. I look forward to using all that I’ve learned from them and my past experiences at Ryerson University and Canada Basketball to help this program. I believe in coach Eniojukan’s values and vision, and I’m excited for the future of UOIT women’s basketball.”
The UOIT women’s basketball team will officially join the OUA for the 2019-20 season, playing at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.