50 Grads, 50 Years

In honour of Champlain College Saint-Lambert’s 50th anniversary, we followed up with 50 of our graduates to highlight their achievements.

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In honour of the Champlain Saint-Lambert’s 50th anniversary, the college has followed up with 50 of its alumni to see where their paths have led after their time in Cegep. These 50 former students have gone on to accomplish amazing things and their paths show just how much is possible for a Champlain grad.

Peter Yannopoulos

This NBA broadcaster shares his passion every night with a community of basketball fans.

Peter Yannopoulos (Social Sciences, 1995) is a colour commentator and TV analyst for RDS and TSN covering the NBA. He also works for BPM Sports, SB Nation and Sports Grid in the U.S.

“I break down the NBA game by balancing enthusiasm and teaching the game to our TV viewers. With all the relationships I have cultivated over the years, I am able to break news as an NBA insider,” said Yannopoulos. “I always believed  in myself and my abilities, but this is tangibly a dream come true for a young Greek kid from Montreal.”

Yannopoulos has been involved in sports most of his life, and played high school basketball at De Roberval High School in Montreal where he was a captain, GMAA all-star in 1992 and league leader in scoring, averaging 31 points per game.

During his time at Champlain Saint-Lambert, Yannopoulos was the team captain for two years and was an all-academic selection for the Quebec CEGEP AAA league in 1995.

“I loved competing  every day, just being in the gym with my teammates and coaches. As a captain, I was the voice for my brothers, I was the shoulder they needed.  The bond we created doesn’t last for two or three years, it lasts a lifetime,” said Yannopoulos.

“My time as a student-athlete at Champlain Saint-Lambert remains one of the best periods of my life. The ability to come to an amazing inclusive community, grow and develop academically and athletically with awesome teachers and students still resonates with me to this day,” he said.

While Yannopoulos loved his time on the court, he quickly transitioned to assistant coaching.

“An opportunity was presented to me by my Coach Craig Norman, to join his staff and become his assistant along with John Dangelas. Although I always wanted to keep playing, becoming  a coach and a leader to our future Cavaliers was too good to pass up,” he said.

Yannopoulos became the youngest assistant coach in the Cegep AAA league at the age of 19.

“I was only one or two years older than the players. I had to help them grow and hold them accountable in a different way. But they respected me and I loved them. It was an incredible experience to be able to keep being a part of the Cavalier family,” he said.

After Champlain, Yannopoulos went on to earn a BA in Political Science from Concordia University.

He was also the head coach at Canada’s National High School All-Star Game in Toronto in 2001, and the head coach at Canada’s Super Pages National High School All-Star Game in Vancouver in 2003.

Additionally, he worked at the Canadian Sr. National Team Training Camp in Ottawa during the summer of 2002, and was the Editor and Publisher of a Canadian Recruiting and Scouting Newsletter/Service.

He scouted, profiled, and ranked the top high school and prep players all across Canada, and worked as a talent evaluator for over 50 Division 1 U.S. schools and Canadian Universities.

In 2003, Yannopoulos took a job as an assistant coach with the Men’s Basketball team at University of Massachusetts.

“Moving on to coach in the NCAA at UMass was significant and special. Becoming the first ever men’s coach from Quebec to coach Division 1 was a touching honour,” he said.

“Passion, dedication and love for the game have always been my methodology and part of my DNA.”

From 2005 to 2011, Yannopoulos worked as a NCAA basketball scout, ranking and profiling the top high school and CEGEP players in Canada for U.S. and Canadian Universities.

In 2012, he began his career in broadcast and never looked back.

“It’s funny, I always wanted to play in the NCAA, but became a coach there instead.. Then subsequently, I always wanted to coach in the NBA, but instead I am working in television, radio and I am a host in the greatest league in the world,” he said. “I get to articulate and express my passion every night to a television audience.”

Yannopoulos was the recipient of the Randy Tieman Community Engagement award in 2021 at the Montreal  Community Cares Gala.

Yannopoulos’ advice for current students and recent grads: “This is what I love doing the most. Well, I love yelling #OuiPapa after a big Raptors dunk. But I truly love giving back to my community. To all my Champlain St-Lambert family, it’s simple. You need to have relentless work ethic, you need to personally sacrifice, you emphatically need to network and work harder than anyone else. Ultimately you have to be a good person, the rest will work itself out. Believe im yourself! Sometimes dreams come true. They have for me.”

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