Don Barnes's Biography

Don Barnes has over 30 years of basketball experience and has been apart of the basketball community in Toronto for many years. Don enjoys mentoring youth in priority communities through music, art, and basketball.

Coach Don graduated from George Brown and Centennial College and after college, he remained connected to the basketball community to help encourage and support youth in a positive direction. His focus was on educating youth through basketball and allowing them to recognize how to use basketball as a tool for success.

His coaching philosophy is built around developing the fundamentals, determination, and encouraging players to remain positive despite all the obstacles and reframe from self-doubt. Don coaches a boys REP team and has experience coaching AAU.

What is important to coach Don: "Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard" says coach Don.

Basketball Experience: Bathurst Heights and Runnymede Collegiate Alumni.

“If you want success of any kind: you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.” ~Tim Grover trainer to Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade.