The 2016-17 and 2015-16 AUS coach of the year, Rick Plato is entering his fifth season with the Tigers. In his first four seasons, he has led the Tigers to three consecutive AUS championship titles and a program-best bronze medal finish at the 2016-17 U SPORTS championship. He has an impressive 25-year history of producing high-performing Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) teams at Mount Saint Vincent University and a solid playing career with the Saint Mary’s basketball team.
Plato started coaching the MSVU Mystics in 1989 leading them to 14 appearances at the national championship, including two national medals (bronze in 1992 and silver in 2008). His teams won 13 ACAA conference championships and were CCAA semifinalists in six of his last eight seasons. Plato was named ACAA Coach of the Year on 13 occasions and received the national CCAA Coach of the Year honour in 2009. In addition to his coaching experience at MSVU, he also served as an assistant coach with the Saint Mary’s Huskies men’s program from 1981-84 and seven years as a high school coach.
A member of the SMU men’s basketball team from 1976-81 where he earned MVP and Athlete of the Year honours in 1981, Rick appreciates the role of university sport in student life. With two CIAU (now CIS) championship titles under his belt (1978 and 1979) and a spot in the SMU Sports Hall of Fame, he also knows what it’s like for a student-athlete to win while representing their school at the conference and national level.