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Univ of Detroit Mercy - Men's Basketball
Univ of Detroit Mercy - Men's Basketball

Coaching Staff

Canaan Chatman  |  Assistant Coach

Canaan Chatman joined the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant in June of 2016.

“Coach Chatman’s national AAU and high school connections provide a borderless aspect that helps bolster our recruiting efforts at Detroit Mercy,” said head coach Bacari Alexander. “His deep connections specifically in Baltimore, Illinois, Northern Indiana and Washington D.C., will prove to be valuable in the immediate future. The fact that he is originally from Chicago provides instant credibility for our program in that area. His ability to connect and mentor young people was something that stood out as well in our discussions over recent years.”

Chatman is a well-known and highly successful AAU coach serving as the Adidas Grassroots Basketball Northwest Regional Director from 1999-2007 and the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Northwest Regional Director for the last eight years. In those positions, he was able to evaluate and develop relationships with some of the top high school and college players as well as high school and college coaches in the game.

He was the director of the Adidas Superstar Camp from 2002-2007, where he planned and coordinated, in accordance with the NCAA, a five-day athletic and academic skill-building session for 200 elite U.S. and international basketball players.

Chatman has also been the director of the Great Northwest Summer League since 1999, a seven-week skill development basketball summer league for all regional collegiate and professional basketball players, as well as director of the SEI/ Nike Boys Basketball Camp since 1993, which is a one-week life skills camp that uses basketball as the incentive in understanding that “Life has Options”.

He is also the founder, Executive Director and head coach of Journey’s Foundation and the founder and President of Courtside Entertainment, with both of those located in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Journeys Foundation is a non-profit organization geared towards inner city student-athletes, using athletic incentives as positive motivation towards high school graduation and secondary educational opportunities. Courtside Entertainment is a sports entertainment group founded on individualism and creativity and also has publishing rights in the music, literary and film.

Chatman starred on the court as a player in high school and college. He started his collegiate career at Oregon State before transferring to Portland Community College. He then finished his collegiate career at the University of Portland earning team MVP honors in 1994 and 1995. He led the Pilots in rebounding in both years with 8.1 in 1993-94 and 6.8 in 1994-95, and also topped the team in scoring with 18.3 points as a senior. A two-time First Team All-West Coast Conference selection, he is the fastest person to reach 1,000 points in Portland history needing just 58 games, while his 1,021 overall points is 31st in school history and his 17.3 points per game ranking fifth.  As a prep, he helped Benson High School to a state championship as a senior.

He would go on to play professionally for seven seasons in the CBA as well as overseas in Australia, Dubai, Israel, Japan, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey.

Chatman graduated from Portland in 1995 as a double major in Sociology and Communications. He is the father of current Titan Kam Chatman.

Collin Barth  |  Graduate Assistant

Collin Barth enters his first year as a graduate assistant with the Detroit Mercy men’s basketball program.

An acclaimed AAU coach at the national level, he has been a head coach with Team Work Basketball for the last five years posting over 150 wins and securing over 10 tournament titles. He has coached 36 players who have received athletic scholarships, including 19 at the Division I level. Eight more players are currently receiving scholarship offers in the class of 2017.

He guided his team to a No. 1 ranking in the state of Ohio in 2014 and a national ranking of No. 24 in 2013. His teams have also won such events as the Nike Cup Tournament in 2014 and the Adidas Invitational in 2015.

Barth also worked with The National Basketball Academy from 2011-2014 as a camp director, tournament site director, coach, trainer and video analyst. Part of his job included organizing and directing youth basketball camps for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A four-year varsity letter-winner on the hard court in college, he started his collegiate career at Wheeling Jesuit before transferring and playing three seasons with Lake Erie College.  He was named Wheeling Jesuit’s Top Newcomer in 2012 after helping the team receive a NCAA Division II at-large big and a win in the first round of the men’s basketball tournament, the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.

At Lake Erie College, he appeared in 68 total games and was a two-time member of the All-GLIAC Academic Team.

Barth graduated from Lake Erie College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and Business Administration. He is currently pursuing a Master in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Leadership from Detroit Mercy.

Kal Riebau  Graduate Assistant Coach

Kal Riebau joined the men’s basketball program as a graduate assistant coach in the summer of 2015.

“I am happy to have Kal come and join us here at Detroit,” said head coach Ray McCallum. “He is coming from a great program in Marquette and all they talked about was how hard of a worker he is. He has a lot of great experiences, and he will be an asset to this program.”

Riebau is no stranger to the hardwood as he spent the last year working for Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada. He started working for the academy as a recruiting coordinator and player development coach and finished up his tenure as the Director of Basketball Operations.

Prior to that, he was the head student manager for the Marquette men’s basketball program under then head coach Buzz Williams. He assisted in all facets of the Golden Eagles program as his alma mater made two-straight Sweet 16 appearances as well as reaching the Elite Eight in 2013.

“I am extremely excited to be back in the college basketball world as a member of the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball program,” said Riebau. ” I can’t thank coach McCallum and his staff enough for this unbelievable opportunity and I am looking forward to helping the program in any way that I can.”

He has also been a member of the support staff for USA Basketball at their U-17 men’s developmental team training camp, the Nike Hoop Summit and the women’s senior national team mini-camp.

A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, he played baseball until his senior year of high school when he made the boy’s basketball team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Marquette in 2014, and is currently pursuing his master’s in Education, Administration and Leadership from UDM.