Since coming to TWU, Jean-Paul has built the Spartans program into a perennial playoff contender, highlighted by the 2017-18 season when the Spartans posted a 16-4 record and finished fourth overall in the Canada West playoffs. She has led the Spartans into the Canada West playoffs in five of the last six seasons. Internationally, Jean-Paul was most recently the head coach of Canada’s FIBA U16 Women’s America’s Championship team in 2019, winning a silver medal. She continues to lead the Cadette Women’s National team as they develop and prepare for this summer’s FIBA Championships via zoom calls and development camps. Aside from TWU, Jean-Paul has been a key coach within Basketball BC, as head coach for the High performance girls program this year. She was the head coach for the U17 girls’ team that won the bronze at the Canadian National Championships in 2018. She was also the assistant coach for the U17 girls’ team that won silver at the 2013 Canada Games. Prior to joining the Spartans, Jean-Paul had over 10 years of coaching experience and a wealth of playing experience. She spent three years as head coach at Red River College where she won a Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference title in 2009. Prior to that, as head coach of the River East Collegiate junior varsity team, she won three consecutive conference championships and a provincial bronze medal. She was also an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team for two years. Jean-Paul was the head coach for Manitoba’s 2009 Canada Games U17 girls’ team and was the women’s head coach for the Manitoba Region of Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance program. As a five-year player with the University of Manitoba, Jean-Paul earned all-star and MVP honours (1999-2000) with the Bisons, a U SPORTS silver medal and a GPAC conference championship in 1998. Jean-Paul scored over 1000 points in her five-year career and was consistently among the conference leaders in free throw percentage and steals. In 1999, she was involved in an Athletes in Action European tour team that travelled to Switzerland & Slovakia. Jean-Paul, who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree, is also a level two basketball official who has over eight years of officiating experience, including refereeing in U SPORTS, the Manitoba provincial championships and at the midget girls’ nationals. She has been recognized for her coaching abilities by being awarded the Canada West Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2018, the Jim Bulloch award by the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association, as well as being a Finalist for the Coaching Manitoba High Performance Coach of the Year award. Recently Cheryl completed her Master’s of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is currently taking her Advanced Coaching Diploma through the Coaching Association of Canada.
Rilee is a 22-year-old Gold Medalist, 2015 World Indigenous Games. Rilee is from Siksika Nation, Alberta (Blackfoot territory). He struggled with suicide and has lost family members due to suicide. His sister asked him what he wanted out of life – he said to run in the Olympics. “A goal will save a soul”.
Pastor Dave Ripper
Dave received his Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2010, specializing in leadership, spiritual formation, and preaching. Having served as a Campus Pastor, Young Adults Pastor, Student Pastor, Student Ministry Director and in other varying ministry roles, he is overjoyed to be the Lead Pastor at Crossway. Dave founded a chapel program for the Boston Bruins in 2016 and serves as the team’s chaplain. He released his first book (co-authored with Paul Borthwick), The Fellowship of the Suffering: How Hardship Shapes Us for Ministry and Mission (IVP) in May 2018. Dave is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, a licensed mental health counselo\r. They are the proud parents of two young boys, Dallas and Clive (and their yellow lab, Howdy). The Rippers originally hail from Pittsburgh, PA and love to spend their free time hiking, exploring America's National Parks, and hosting dinner parties. https://crosswaycc.org/