Ken Shields (basketball)

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Kenneth William Daniel Shields, CM is a Canadian basketball coach. He holds the most wins in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men's basketball history with the University of Victoria, and former head coach of the Canadian men's national basketball team.

Personal life[edit]

Shields was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He is married to fellow basketball coach Kathy Shields.[1] He attended the University of British Columbia and majored in Physical Education.[2]


Shields coached the Victoria Vikes from 1978 through 1989 and oversaw the Vikes win seven consecutive CIS championships.[3] He was named CIS Coach of the Year three times with the Vikes and once during the 1970s and his six years as head coach of Laurentian University.

Shields coached the Canadian national team for five years from 1990 to 1994. In 1998, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and the following year he was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame[4] and later awarded the 2007 James Naismith Award by Canada Basketball, for a significant lifelong contribution to basketball in Canada.[5] After coaching two years for professional teams in Tokyo, Shields was assistant coach of the Australian national team for the 2004 Olympics. During the 2006 NBA play-offs, Shields worked as guest coaching consultant of the Milwaukee Bucks.[3]

In 2009, Shields was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.[6] In 2019, he was inducted into the Canada West Hall Of Fame.[7]


  1. ^ "Ken and Kathy Shields, a coaching courtship". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Shields, Ken". May 28, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Coyle, Gilbert (April 5, 2012). "Legendary coach calls for CIS improvement". Queen's Journal. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "KEN SHIELDS". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ken Shields to be awarded James Naismith Award". The Toronto Star. June 22, 2007. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Brunet, James, Shields Join Canada's Sports Hall of Fame". November 3, 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Harrigan, Scott (November 6, 2019). "Vikes legend Shields inducted into the Canada West Hall Of Fame". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
Preceded by
Jack Donohue
Canada men's national basketball team head coach
Succeeded by
Steve Konchalski