The Saigon Heat have officially announced that Kyle Julius will be taking over the Head Coach position for their campaign in the upcoming season of the ASEAN Basketball League.
Tony Garbelotto had served as the Head Coach of the Saigon Heat for 2 full seasons before the two sides parted ways at the end of the 2016-2017 campaign.
His replacement will be Kyle Julius, a 37-year-old Head Coach who hails from Canada. Julius recently coached in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) for the London Lightning. He led his team to a 35-5 record and finished the season with an NBLC Title beating the Halifax Hurricanes in the Finals. Shortly after the victory, Julius was named Head Coach of the 3D Global Sports team which represented Canada in the 39th William Jones Cup in Taiwan. 3D Global Sports had an 8-1 record, securing them the William Jones Championship over several Asian National Teams, among those the Philippines.
The former Canadian Senior National Team player looks forward to the challenge of coaching in this new league and region also admitting that he needed a change of scenery.
“I’m really excited of having the opportunity to learn the game and challenge myself and grow in an environment way outside my comforts,” Julius recently told the London Free Press. “In the NBLC, I knew the referees, I knew the arenas, I knew the players, I knew everything.”
“This is going to test me. I think if I can go there as an individual and be successful, it will be good for me long term.”
“Most importantly I’m walking into a situation where the team needs a culture change. They need some hunger, skill and development and they need a little bit more passion from what I’ve gathered talking to the players, the ownership. I think the way I approach the game is what they are missing and maybe I can grow the game in Vietnam and I’m excited about that.”