Junior V-Reds Basketball

The Junior Varsity Reds

“We started out with a vision and a certain expectation of what we wanted to offer in a youth program and a decade later, we’ve gathered a lot of great stories,” said Jeff Speedy, the head coach of the UNB Varsity Reds and general manager of the Junior Varsity Reds Program. “Players have had the chance to travel, play with others who may have been rivals in youth leagues and now are friends because of their Junior V-Reds experience. And we helped make them better basketball players along the way.”

The Junior Varsity Reds offer spring and early summer basketball opportunities for girls, in four different age classes; under-11, under-12, under-13, under-14.

UNB basketball alum, including the likes of Laura Fowler, Allie Chalke and Rachel Cleary have worked as coaches within the program, ensuring young players have a chance to benefit directly from athletes competing at the U SPORTS level. This also allows the younger players to develop bonds with current Varsity Reds they see on court, competing during the AUS season.
Teams play a series of exhibition games, travel to major tournaments in New England, and regionally, and host the popular "UNB School’s Out Shootout," each June.
 
None of the funds raised through the program go into UNB women’s basketball program. The program is designed to increase awareness of the Varsity Reds, while helping mold younger players in the region. Junior V-Reds teams from the past have included players from Saint John, Woodstock and Harvey. Teams practice two to three times a week and wear the red, black and white for approximately 16 games a season.
 
Looking back, Coach Speedy points to players such as Alex Dickson, Sydney Campbell and his own daughter, Kylee Speedy, of the Leo Hayes High Lions, Claire LeBlanc and Hannah Robertson, of the Fredericton High Black Kats, and Jillian Liston and Lily Orlando, of the Woodstock High Thunder, all former Junior V-Reds.
During the 2015-16 AUS season, Eva Tumwine became the first former Junior Varsity Red to join the Varsity Reds. For Speedy, that's special. "It’s very rewarding to have one of them in the fold and it’d be really cool to have four or five at some point, knowing that we played a part in them reaching that dream and reaching that goal.”
 
"We hope every member of this program go on to rewarding basketball careers, academic studies, and flourish as future community leaders,” says Speedy. “We are basketball teams, but there is a commitment to creating a program and creating good habits as a player. We see them at our games throughout the year and we get a chance to watch them on the court for their mini or bantam or high school teams. It’s a rewarding feeling to see so many of them excelling.”
 
Junior V-Reds 2018 Rosters

U11 Team
 
Hannah Howland
Robyn Reeves
Grace Lenihan
Ella Simmons
Abby Quinn
Mikala Scott
June MacKenzie
Juile D'Amours
Sophie Lovelace
Myla Atwin
Rachel Seeley
Madeleine Folmer
 
COACHES: Chelsey Collette(former Varsity Red)
                 Jane Boyle(current Varsity Red)
                 Kylee Speedy(former Jr. Varsity Red)
 
U12 Team
Elian Stevenson
Chelsey Wright
Kiera Hatchard
Delaney MacElwain
Emma Purdy
Summer Jones
Ava Sprague
Alexander Vautour
Jayden O'Neil
Abbigail MacLeod
Alia Nestoruk
Jorja Bubar
Layla Finnie
COACHES: Mikaela Dodig (current Varsity Red)
                 Hannah Currie (former Varsity Red)
                 Grace Wade (former Varsity Red)
 
U13 TEAM
Kallea Hamilton
Reegan Kerr
Sophie Howland
Isabella Quinn
Brenna Maxwell
Bridget Lange
Naomi Hicks
Ava Dickson
Leah Buyting
Ava Fullarton
Ellie Galbraith
Anisha Anupindi
Kristen Simmons
COACHES: Colleen Daly (former Varsity Red)
                 Katelyn Mangold (former Varsity Red)
                 Jeff Speedy (current Varsity Reds head coach)
 
U14 Team
Launa Laffoley
Taylor Bourgeois
Dylan Wightman
Jenna O'Shaunnesey
Morgan MacKenzie
Clare Hesse Wood
Breanna Underhill
Avery Goodfellow
Tayah Bakker
Hannah Coburn
Chelsea Hoyt
Sydney Gahan
Kennedy Chambers
Grace Jensen
COACH: Moe Perez(current STU asst. coach)
 
Testimonials:


Our family has had two daughters involved with the UNB Junior Varsity Reds basketball program.

The experience gained and the coaching they receive during the spring and early summer program has paid dividends for both, in terms of developing skills and confidence on the basketball court.

The opportunity for the girls to be around UNB Varsity Reds coaches, players and facilities goes an awful long way.

Brad and Shelley Janes 
Fredericton



I can’t say enough about the positive experience we've had with the Junior Varsity Reds.

Coaches were amazing with the girls – so patient, kind and an excellent role model for the girls. We need more young women like them around our very impressionable girls!!! 

Angie Godin 
Woodstock, NB



My wife and I would like to thank you and the team that organized and coached this group of kids.

Our daughter was on a Bantam team and it's hard to put into words what a positive experience it was for her. Her progression on the court has been remarkable and the positives she'll take forward athletically will benefit her always.

The relationships she has formed, the positive influences from coaches and coping with tough competition has helped prepare her for whatever she may face in the future.

This program is a great benefit to the kids, and basketball in this area.

Thank you for all the work you put into this.

Mark and Kim Corey
Harvey, NB