Written By: Matthew Rodrigopulle

The National Basketball Youth Mentorship Program (NBYMP) announced on Monday that they have hired Josh Millican as director of off-court development.

The NBYMP is a non-profit organization based in Canada, and most recently in the United Kingdom, that aims to develop youth holistically through the sport of basketball. With basketball at its centre, the NBYMP offers on-court development through a number of different training camps and workshops. 

The program also offers off-court/holistic services that are proven to improve on-court performance and improve the overall well being of youth. Taught by qualified professionals, these holistic topics include: mentorship from high-level pro basketball athletes, sport psychology, sports nutrition, spiritual development, athletic development/injury prevention, financial literacy and yoga/meditation. 

Millican joins the NBYMP with over 10 years of experience in coaching, officiating, community outreach and more. Starting as a coach at Point Guard College for over seven years, he also served as camp director for TD Canada Trust Hoops All-Stars Camp and as a basketball coach at both Elite Camps and Athlete Institute. He is also a correspondent for North Pole Hoops’ scouting service and is the founder and director of Headwaters Hoops Basketball Club LTD., a non-profit basketball program in Orangeville, Ont. that provides basketball opportunities year-round for youths and adults.

“Being selected as the NBYMP’s Director of Off-Court Development is an incredible honour and extremely humbling,” Millican said. “I admire everything Kevin [Wilson] has done with this amazing organization and I look forward to exceeding expectations for this talented and devoted team at NBYMP.”

Millican will be responsible for assisting with all matters pertaining to off-court development within the NBYMP both in Canada and in the UK. He will connect with youth sporting organizations to formulate partnerships and create and implement innovative plans that highlight NBYMP’s off-court services, in addition to several other responsibilities.

“I have big aspirations heading into this new role as Director of Off-Court Development. I look forward to building on existing relationships while simultaneously creating new meaningful ones. I truly believe in the NBYMP’s mission and what they have already accomplished for the basketball community. It’s all about providing invaluable life skills for all of our athletes and I cannot wait to contribute to the organization. This is a program that every basketball club should incorporate if they really want the best for their athletes’ overall development.”

NBYMP founder Kevin Wilson says he couldn’t be more excited to welcome Millican to the NBYMP.

“Filling this role with the right person was extremely important for us as we take great pride in developing the “whole” athlete,” said Wilson. “Josh brings an abundance of passion and experience to the table, and has already demonstrated that he is the perfect person for the role. I can’t wait for the next few weeks and months of growth together.”

To find out more, visit nbymp.ca.