Hynes just finished her first season as co-coach, with Randy Kusano, of the Bison women's basketball program. The Bison women’s basketball program, with one of the youngest roster in the CIS during 2012-13, finished seventh in the Prairie Division of the Canada West conference with a 2-20 record in the 2012-13 conference regular season. Manitoba lost twice in overtime and four more losses were by ten or less points during their first season as co-coaches. There were four rookies and no fifth year players on the 11 person Bison roster in 2012-13. She will return as co-coach, with Randy Kusano, of the Bison women's basketball for the 2013-14 season.
Hynes completed her five year university playing career with the Manitoba Bisons in 2010. From 2005-10, Hynes was a leader on and off the court as she was as a team captain for three consecutive years (2007-08 to ’09-10) Hynes was selected as the 2009-10 CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Sylvia Sweeney Award winner – presented to a player who recipient exhibits outstanding achievement in three areas: basketball, academics and community involvement.
Her final season at Manitoba was her best stats wise as she ranked among the Canada West leaders in scoring (11.6 ppg. – second on the team), third in conference in assists (4.3 apg.) and minutes played (33.2 per game) plus sixth in conference three-point field goals made (2.1 per game). She was team MVP for 2008-09 and also 2009-10 Duckworth Challenge MVP. Hynes started in the majority of her final three seasons and played all games during that span.
The Millgrove, ON native has earned a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the U of Manitoba and is currently enrolled in Faculty of Engineering. She was named a CIS Academic All-Canadian in 2006-07, an honour given to student athletes who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Prior to coming to the Bisons, Hynes played for the 2005 Ontario Provincial Champion and Canadian National Silver medalist Hamilton Transway. In addition, she was on the 2004 Canadian Juvenile Basketball gold medalist, 2004 OBA Juvenile “AAA” provincial championship (gold) and 2003 (silver) and 2002 OBA Midget “AAA” provincial championship (gold) teams.
A natural leader Hynes started her coaching career with coach Danis’ Junior Bisons in 2005 and currently coaches with Big Country basketball (2010-12). She was a rural team coordinator and coach with the JRB Basketball (2009). Hynes was awarded the 2009 Jim Bulloch Coaching, the 2011-12 Grey Cup Legacy award and a 2012 Women to Watch grant. Over the next two summers leading to the Canada Games, Hynes joins Kusano, Don Thompson and Coleen Dufresne as the Apprentice Coach for the Manitoba 17U Provincial Team.
Kusano just finished his first season as co-coach, with Michele Hynes, of the Bison women's basketball program. The Bison women’s basketball program, with one of the youngest roster in the CIS during 2012-13, finished seventh in the Prairie Division of the Canada West conference with a 2-20 record in the 2012-13 conference regular season. Manitoba lost twice in overtime and four more losses were by ten or less points during their first season as co-coaches. There were four rookies and no fifth year players on the 11 person Bison roster in 2012-13. He will return as co-coach, with Michele Hynes, of the Bison women's basketball for the 2013-14 season.
Kusano is the winningest coach in the history of high school basketball in Manitoba. His high school teams have won three MHSAA (Manitoba High School Athletic Association) AAAA Provincial Championships provincial titles, 11 conference titles and he coached in 15 AAAA Final Fours in his 34 years coaching with the Oak Park Raiders in Winnipeg before retiring from teaching in 2010.
A University of Manitoba graduate, Kusano is a current is a fully certified NCCP Level 3 coach with over 20 years of CIS coaching experience as an assistant with the Bison men’s program. Kusano is a member of the 17U girls’ provincial team coaching staff.
A member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, Kusano has been named the MBCA Coach of the Year twice, the recipient of the Mike Spack Award (2010), Coaching Manitoba – Jack Hunt award, MHSAA Grey Cup Legacy award, BSSI Commitment to Coaching award, MBCA (Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association) Recognition award, as well as the Jostens Volunteer of the Year.
Kusano has sent more players from the high school ranks to university and colleges than any other coach from Manitoba. His coaching career began with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons in 1974 and continued until 1976. On top of many years as head coach with numerous provincial programs and as an assistant coach at the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, and National Championships.
Prior to coaching, he was a member of the first Manitoba Bisons team to win a national university championship in basketball in 1976. Kusano played at Norberry Junior High while playing for Hall of Famer, Dennis Alvestad. He moved on to Glenlawn Collegiate and then joined the University of Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball program. Kusano was a member of three consecutive Canadian Junior Men’s championship teams from 1971-73.
After his university years, Kusano continued playing with the Nicolett Inn Senior men’s team that captured their first National Senior Men’s Championship in 1979. The University of Manitoba Junior Men, Nicolett Inn Senior men’s teams and Bisons 1976 Championship were later inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.