A native of Campbell River, BC, Shawnee played three seasons at the University of Victoria. She was a member of their 1981 and 1982 CIS National Championship teams led by coaching legend Kathy Shields.
Shawnee was named Head Coach of the Dinos program in July 1994. Harle joined the University of Calgary after coaching at Brandon University for two seasons. She previously served as an Assistant Coach for the University of Victoria for three seasons, working with Kathy Shields while attending the National Coaching Institute. In November 2000 she completed her Masters Degree in Coaching Studies from the University of Victoria and in January 2003 she attained her National Coaching Certification Program Level V. Harle is the only basketball coach in Canada, male or female, to attain her Level V certification.
Harle has a wealth of international experience. She served as an Assistant Coach for the Canadian National Women’s Team that competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 1994 Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia and the World Championships in Sydney, Australia. Shawnee has also served as an international scout for Canada Basketball, traveling to Peru and the Dominican Republic to scout South American teams for the World Qualification Tournament.
Coach Harle was the Canada West Coach of the Year in 1996, 2000, 2008, and her teams have never had a losing season. She coached the Dinos to the Canada West Conference title in 2001 and led her team to the CIS silver medal in 2000 and the CIS bronze medal in 2001. In 2008, the Dinos caught the attention of the nation as they won 15 of their last 17 games, including an amazing stretch of 9 in a row to finish league play. With a roster of only 9 players, including 3 rookies and 2 second year players, the Dinos surprised many teams as they led the country in scoring at almost 85 point per game. They finished the season ranked #6 in the country and Coach Harle was honored as the Canada West Coach of the Year.
This past season, Coach Harle had her youngest roster ever and once again surprised the nation as they knocked off the #6 and #9 ranked teams in the country. On top of that, their up tempo, exciting style of play resulted in just over 78 points per game, good for second in the country. The Dinos were also second in the CIS in free throw attempts and fifth in steals! Watch out - this young team has a very exciting future!
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