Summerside Storm co-owners Duncan Shaw and Darren Mackay along with head coach Joe Salerno are pleased to announce that former Three Oaks Senior High Head Coach, Mike Leslie, has joined the Storm coaching staff for the upcoming season.
Originally from Nova Scotia and an Islander by choice, Mike was a classroom and physical education teacher at the elementary, intermediate and high school levels in both Nova Scotia and PEI over the past twenty-seven years. Leaving the classroom in 2006, Mike continued to impact student learning as a high school principal, before moving to the PEI Department of Education in 2008 where he has enjoyed working as Career Education Curriculum Specialist and, more recently, Secondary Programs Coordinator.
Over the past three decades, Mike has followed his passion of coaching basketball at the local, provincial and national levels, learning from and with high performance coaches and players at the elite level. He has represented two provinces at the Canada Games as both an official and a coach, is a former president and director of elite development with Basketball PEI, as well as an instructor with the Canada Basketball Atlantic High Performance Program. He has coached various provincial teams and high school programs in Nova Scotia and PEI, accumulating 14 provincial championships.
Mike has officiated at the AUS, CIS, and national level and recently completed a stint as an assistant coach with the UPEI Men’s Panthers. Mike’s love for teaching the fundamentals of the game has led many of his former players to reach their potential and achieve success on the court at college, university, national, and professional levels, and off the court as positive contributors to society.