Junior Reds Basketball

The Junior Reds

“We started out with a vision and a certain expectation of what we wanted to offer in a youth program and a decade later, we’ve gathered a lot of great stories,” said Jeff Speedy, the head coach of the UNB REDS and general manager of the Junior Reds Program. “Players have had the chance to travel, play with others who may have been rivals in youth leagues and now are friends because of their Junior Reds experience. And we helped make them better basketball players along the way.”

The Junior Reds offer spring and early summer basketball opportunities for girls, in four different age classes; under-11, under-12, under-13, under-14.

UNB basketball alum, including the likes of Grace Wade, Eva Tumwine, Colleen Daly, Laura Fowler, and Rachel Cleary have worked as coaches within the program, ensuring young players have a chance to benefit directly from athletes competing at the U SPORTS level. This also allows the younger players to develop bonds with current Reds they see on court, competing during the AUS season.
 
Teams play a series of exhibition games, travel to major tournaments in New England, and regionally, and host the popular "UNB School’s Out Shootout," each June.
 
None of the funds raised through Junior Reds go into UNB women’s basketball program. The program is designed to increase awareness of the REDS, while helping mold younger players in the region. Junior Reds teams from the past have included players from Saint John, Woodstock and Harvey. Teams practice two to three times a week and wear the red, black and white for approximately 16 games a season.
 
During the 2015-16 AUS season, Tumwine became the first former Junior Red to join the REDS. For Speedy, that was special. "It’s very rewarding to have had one of them in the fold and it’d be really cool to have four or five at some point, knowing that we played a part in them reaching that dream and reaching that goal.” In 2020-21, Speedy's own daughter, Kylee, a former Junior Red, is now a member of the REDS women's team.
 
"We hope every member of this program go on to rewarding basketball careers, academic studies, and flourish as future community leaders,” says Speedy. “We are basketball teams, but there is a commitment to creating a program and creating good habits as a player. We see them at our games throughout the year and we get a chance to watch them on the court for their mini or bantam or high school teams. It’s a rewarding feeling to see so many of them excelling.”
 
 
Junior Reds 2022 Rosters

U11 Team
 
Drew Whitlock
Lily Sheppard
Kaiya Mattinson
Sabrina Zhao
Lilly Wood
Lily Murphy
Reese McAloon
Chloé Morris
Elin Lamkey
Maddy Ingram
Emily MacNaughton
Madie Giggie
 
COACHES: Kylee Speedy  Katie McAffee  McKinley Bezanson  Hannah Howland
 
U12 Team
 
Jahnee McQuinn
Camryn Clark-Taylor
Addison Forbes
Elena Brideau
Avery Hughes
Lily Vaughan
Keeland Campbell
Emma Kyle
Emma Amos
Charlotte McKnight
Sophia Dickinson
Regan Tarr
 
COACHES: Sydney Campbell  Alex Dickson  Deedee Kean
 
U13 Team
 
Julia Reeves
Maryn Mombourquette
Taylor Pope
Lauren Lenihan
Sarah Aitken
Abigail Hatfield
Ella Edwards
Blair Travis
Rebecca MacNaughton
Riley Dobson
Terryn Bear
 
COACHES: Jeff Speedy  Madeline Orlando  Ava Dickson
 
 
Testimonials:


Our family has had two daughters involved with the UNB Junior Reds basketball program.

The experience gained and the coaching they receive during the spring and early summer program has paid dividends for both, in terms of developing skills and confidence on the basketball court.

The opportunity for the girls to be around UNB Reds coaches, players and facilities goes an awful long way.

Brad and Shelley Janes 
Fredericton



I can’t say enough about the positive experience we've had with the Junior Reds.

Coaches were amazing with the girls – so patient, kind and an excellent role model for the girls. We need more young women like them around our very impressionable girls!!! 

Angie Godin 
Woodstock, NB



My wife and I would like to thank you and the team that organized and coached this group of kids.

Our daughter was on a bantam team and it's hard to put into words what a positive experience it was for her. Her progression on the court has been remarkable and the positives she'll take forward athletically will benefit her always.

The relationships she has formed, the positive influences from coaches and coping with tough competition has helped prepare her for whatever she may face in the future.

This program is a great benefit to the kids, and basketball in this area.

Thank you for all the work you put into this.

Mark and Kim Corey
Harvey, NB