Team Management

Bernardo Fitz-Gonzalez

Head Coach

Coach Bernardo leads the Highlanders team on the court. He is originally from Bogota, Columbia and a FIBA head coach in South America who has competed at a high level internationally in the Liga de Las Americas against top teams in South and Central America.  He has the best record in the Colombian Professional League, including leading his team to the most wins in a season in the history of Colombian basketball.  He has also been Assistant Coach at East Los Angeles College. Coach Bernardo was a professional basketball player in Colombia and played for the Colombian National Team.

Troy Jackson Jr.

Assistant Coach

Troy has been a professional basketball player, teacher, educator, nonprofit leader, and motivational speaker. Troy's focus is to help the Highlanders players be the best they can be on and off the court. 

Noah LaRose

Team Assistant

Sydney, NS

Mathew Georghiou

Vice President

Mathew was an early supporter of the Highlanders franchise and he continues to assist the team with business and marketing strategy. Mathew is an engineer, entrepreneur, and founder of MediaSparklokolgoCapeBreton.comGoVenture World, and BrandMetal.  Mathew is a graduate of Sydney Academy High School, Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University, and a former captain of the CBU Capers basketball team.​

Taylor Collingwood

Operations Manager

Stephen Antle

Sales & Sponsorships

Meggan Desmond

Game Day Operations

Chad Wilcox

Game Day Director

Vernon Carr Jr

USA Player Scout

Vernon helps identify players that have the skills and character to be successful professional basketball players with the Highlanders. Vernon resides in Detroit, MI.  He played NCAA Division I basketball with Towsen University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology. He later played in professional leagues in Europe and Asia.  Vernon owns and operates the AO1 Skills Academy, where he has trained over 5,000 young basketball players.

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Team Owners

The Highlanders’ ownership group is comprised of successful business and community leaders in Cape Breton.