Blain LaBranche has numerous years of post-secondary and professional playing experience. While attending Brandon University, he was named to the All-Rookie first team. At Grant MacEwan, he was named a first-team ACAC all-star.
He then continued his career at the University of British Columbia, where he won the 2007-08 Canada West Championship and was a two-time national silver medalist with the Thunderbirds. After his playing career was completed at UBC he was fortunate enough to play professionally in Mexico, and his hometown team the Edmonton Energy in the IBL.
Upon hanging up the sneakers, he has turned to coaching and skill development starting his own company Enhance Basketball Academy and worked with the NAIT Men's Team, who in his first year, won Provincial and National Championships. Blain’s passion for the game is evident with every team he has played for, coached or student-athlete he has trained.
Baker elite Connection
LaBranche and Baker played against each other at the CIS level in 2009-10 when Baker was with Alberta and LaBranche with UBC. Since then, LaBranche has moved back to Edmonton, and he and Baker have worked together on a number of basketball-related projects.