Chris Cheng is the head coach of the Lancer men's basketball team, and just the sixth coach in Windsor's program history. In his first season with the blue and gold in 2019-20, Coach Cheng brought the Lancers back into the playoffs with a third place finish in the OUA west division.
Cheng served as the first-ever head coach of men’s basketball at Nipissing University in North Bay. At Nipissing, he built the men’s basketball program from the ground up and led them into their inaugural appearance in U SPORTS in the 2014-15 season. His Nipissing team entered the OUA in the tough east division and their continued improvement saw them qualify for the OUA playoffs in only their third season in existence in 2016-17, where they defeated Queen’s in the first round.
Before his time at Nipissing, Cheng served as an assistant coach at York University. During Cheng’s five seasons at York as an assistant and a recruiter for the program, the Lions reached the OUA post-season in each of those years. He also previously served as an assistant coach at Humber College. During Cheng’s time at Humber, they earned two provincial championships (05, 06) and two Final Four appearances at the national championships. Beyond his duties with their men’s varsity team, Cheng also developed and served as the Head Coach for the Humber College junior varsity men’s basketball team.
In addition to his experience coaching in U SPORTS and the OUA, Cheng has an extensive resume with both the Canadian national and Ontario provincial programs. Currently, he is an assistant coach with the Junior National team for Canada Basketball. Prior to his appointment with the Junior National team, he served as Canada Basketball Manager of Youth Player Development from 2012-2015. During this time, Cheng developed the inaugural Junior Academy and Target Athlete Strategy program. Both programs are instrumental to the development of the youth targeted athletes and the success of their youth national teams. He also previously served as head coach of Ontario Basketball’s U17 boys provincial team from 2010-2012. Cheng’s teams captured back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012, and he was named the 2011 Ontario Basketball Men’s Elite coach of the year.
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