Chris Critelli

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Birthdate 1952
Birthplace  St. Catharines, ON
Year Inducted 1999
Category Athlete
Sport Basketball


Chris Critelli began playing basketball at Denis Morris High School, and began to play on the Canadian National team at age 17, in 1969. Critelli went on to the Olympics winning the bronze metal for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Critelli also played at the University of Winnipeg (1974 –75) and at Laurentian (1976-78), as well as at Dominion University (1978-80). Critelli was a three time All Canadian and one time Academic All-American, as well as being the only individual to ever win both an NCAA and CIAU title, winning two CIAU titles while at Laurentian, and two NCASS titles while at Old Dominion. During her time as an Assistant coach of Brock University during 1982 she helped the team to win the Ontario Championship. From 1984 to 1992 Critelli coached the Canadian National Women’s Basketball team. At the end of the 2008-2009 season, Critelli retired from her coaching career of Brock University Women’s Basketball team after 27 years. The highlights of her coaching career include 393 career victories in total, setting a single season OUA record of 19 conference wins, and first place in the OUA West Division in 2005-06, as well as taking the team to 22 league playoffs out of the 25 seasons she coached.

Chris Critelli may have retired from coaching, but is now the Assistant Athletic Director at Brock University, continuing to contribute to sports to this day.


  • Canadian National Team Player
  • Coach of Canadian National Women’s Basketball Team
  • Head Coach of Brock University Basketball Team
  • Assistant Athletic Director Brock University


  • Pan-Am Games Bronze Medalist 1979
  • World Championship (three way tie for first) 1979
  • FISU Games Bronze Medalist 1979
  • Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame 1998
  • St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame 1999
  • Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame 2000