Coach Mark Wallen was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and was first introduced to the game of basketball at the age of 13 while watching his older cousin play for the local high school. Coach Wallen has 10 years of basketball experience and played for institutions such as KCVI High School, St. Lawrence College, and Concordia University College of Alberta where he won provincial championships and broke many records throughout high school including most points in a game by a freshman. He shot for over 90% from the line. His most influential coaches include Coach John Smith and Canadian Hall of Fame inductee, Andrea Blackwell.
Coach Wallen has been coaching for 5 years at various levels and has been with CYDC for just over a year. He believes in relentless defensive effort and an uptempo style of basketball.
‘If what you did yesterday still seems big today, then you haven’t done anything today’ - Coach K