ABBOTSFORD, Dec. 5, 2019 – The Fraser Valley Bandits of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Thursday that Kyle Julius, current head coach of the Formosa Dreamers and former William Jones Cup and NBLC Champion, will be the team’s next Head Coach and General Manager.
Julius is currently coaching the Dreamers, a Taiwan-based professional basketball team in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) and will join the Bandits in spring 2020. Julius joined his current club in 2019 after three successful seasons with the Saigon Heat that saw Julius take a team that had never finished a season with a winning record and elevate the organization into a contender in the ABL.
Over two complete seasons, Julius became the Heat’s all-time winningest coach, set the record for most regular season wins in franchise history, and led the team to not only its first-ever winning season, but also its first playoff win in team history.
I am extremely impressed with the Bandits organization and their commitment to growing basketball in the community along with their desire to compete in the CEBL. At the moment my focus is on winning with my team here in Taiwan and my commitment to our players, our ownership,
our staff and our amazing Taiwanese fans,” Julius said.
"It's a genuine privilege and an honour to have an opportunity to be a part of the CEBL and specifically to help grow the game in British Columbia with the Bandits.
“I have been blessed with some incredible coaching opportunities all around the world in the past few years and a chance to join the Fraser Valley Bandits is another fortunate blessing. I want the fans to know that I will pour my heart and soul into our team, our players and basketball development in the region. Our practices will always be open to coaches and young players for learning opportunities and growth. I look forward to an awesome summer of growing the game in British Columbia and competing at the highest levels of the CEBL."
Julius has touched every facet of Canadian basketball. From the grassroots to the professional ranks, Julius has impacted the game in a variety of ways. A native of Thunder Bay, Ont., Julius is the son of a coach and fostered an intense love for the game from a young age and inherited an attention to detail and fundamentals from his father and mother.
During his teenage years, Julius became an elite shooter and his prowess from three-point range drew the attention of Furman University, an NCAA Division I program in South Carolina, USA. Julius spent two seasons with the Paladins and made the Southern Conference All-Rookie team in 1998-99 after finishing eighth in the conference in three-point field goals as a freshman. Julius returned to Canada to conclude his stellar university career with the Guelph Gryphons. While at Guelph, Julius was recognized as a U SPORTS (formerly known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport) All-Canadian and was an Ontario University Athletics All-Star in 2003-04. For his efforts, Julius was awarded Male Athlete of the Year for the Gryphons.
Julius’ play caught the attention of Sedima Roseto, which at the time was a team in Italy’s highest division of men’s professional men’s basketball, Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). Julius played for Roseto in 2004-05 and earned a spot on Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team in 2005.
Following his career as a player, Julius founded A-Game Hoops, an elite skills development company dedicated to advancing the careers of Canadian and international professional players and also equipping prospective post-secondary athletes with the skills necessary to be well-rounded student-athletes.
Through A-Game Hoops, Julius spent time coaching a variety of Canada’s current NBA and G-League stars, and notably saw more than 75 members of his programming receive scholarships to universities and colleges inCanada and the United States.
“I am extremely proud to announce Kyle as the new Head Coach and General Manager of the Fraser ValleyBandits. As British Columbia’s professional basketball team, we are constantly looking for ways to grow and improve, and today we have added a tremendous piece – one that immediately takes our team to another level,”said Bandits Vice President Dylan Kular.
“Kyle’s decorated history of winning at the university and professional level sets a strong precedent for the culture that players and fans will be a part of this upcoming season. I look forward to Kyle joining the organization this spring and connecting with Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley community.”
Julius’ coaching career began in 2014 with the Mississauga Power. His reputation for bringing together high-character individuals and creating unified groups that fought for each other in pursuit of a common goal led him to the London Lightning. Julius set records during his tenure with the Lightning. During the 2016-17 campaign, the team recorded the best record in league history (46-7) as part of a season that culminated with Julius winning an NBLC Championship and Coach of the Year honours.
In addition to developing professional talent as a skills trainer and professional coach, Julius continues to giveback to the game through his involvement with North Pole Hoops (NPH). Julius has served as NPH’s Lead Skill andDevelopment Trainer since 2010. As part of the NPH Showcase Circuit, Julius has travelled from coast-to-coast teaching a custom made curriculum built on workouts and classrooms sessions designed for the betterment of the all-around student athlete.
“Kyle’s impact with North Pole Hoops has been everlasting. In his role as Lead Instructor for the NPH ShowcaseCircuit, he helped set a standard for excellence on the court. Kyle worked with top young talent from coast-to-coast molding the future of Canadian basketball, many of which are currently playing in the NBA, professionally overseas, in the NCAA, U SPORTS, and CCAA,” said Tariq Sbiet, CEO of North Pole Hoops.
“I believe Kyle will be a major asset for the Bandits and CEBL bringing passion, leadership and expertise in program building on and off the floor. Knowing Kyle, he will strive to develop a championship culture and mind set from top to bottom within the organization.”
The Bandits begin their second season in the CEBL on Friday, May 8 when the club takes on the defending CEBLChampions, the Saskatchewan Rattlers, at Abbotsford Centre. Season tickets are on sale now at www.thebanditsca and on Ticketmaster.