MICHAEL GORDENSKY || CO-FOUNDER || CAMP DIRECTOR || MASTER COACH
“Coach Gordo” as he is known around the Ontario basketball community and has been coaching basketball for over 23 years. He grew up in Oshawa playing hockey, baseball, and basketball.
After graduating from McLaughlin CVI, Coach Gordo went on to earn his bachelor of physical and health education from McMaster University. He then graduated from Queens University with a bachelor of education in 1993.
Coach Gordo began his teaching career at St. Mary CSS in Pickering. He took over a winless senior boys basketball team, and within 4 years won the school’s first ever LOSSA (Durham) Championship. His senior boys would go on to win 2 more LOSSA titles and appear in 3 OFSAA (Provincial) tournaments. He also coached the senior girls basketball team, leading them to 1 LOSSA silver medal and 1 OFSAA appearance.
In 2007 Coach Gordo transferred to Pickering High School. In his first year, along with Coach Joseph and Coach Jim Barclay, the senior boys team won their second consecutive OFSAA championship. The team was highlighted by future NCAA/CIS and professional players Devoe Joseph, Cory Joseph, Dwayne Smith, Juevol Myles, Jonathan Tull, Jameel Williamson, and Justin Wiltshire. The following year, Coach Gordo and Joseph led Pickering to the OFSAA bronze medal.
Along with coaching the senior boys team, Coach Gordo also won 2 LOSSA gold medals with midget boys and 1 LOSSA gold medal with junior girls. For the past four years he has coached the senior girls team, winning 1 LOSSA silver medal and the past three consecutive LOSSA gold medals. His senior girls team has gone undefeated in league and playoff play from 2013 to present and has 1 OFSAA antique bronze medal and 1 OFSAA silver medal. The OFSAA silver medal is the highest finish of any girl’s team in Durham region history. Coach Gordo has also had the privilege of coaching Taija Campbell (Virginia Tech), Adriana Allen (Monmouth), and Nikita Telesford (Oakland University).
Coach Gordo has also organized numerous events such as “Hoops For Haiti” and “Ballin 4 Breast Cancer” raising thousands of dollars for charity. In October 2015, the Ballin 4 Breast Cancer event raised $4500 for breast cancer research.
Coach Gordo is passionate about the game of basketball and teaching kids the fundamentals necessary to take them to the next level.