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London Lightning head coach Kyle Julius is widely regarded as one of the brightest, most talented minds in Canadian basketball. He brings a long list of experiences as a player, coach and team developer to the Lightning organization.
Julius' success started early when help lead Cathedral High School (Hamilton, Ontario) to an OFSAA ‘AAA’ title. He then took his talents to Division 1 of the NCAA, to Furman University in South Carolina where he was named to the All-Rookie team in his first season in 1998-99. After his sophomore year, Julius decided to head home to Canada. He transferred to The University of Guelph where he became an All-Canadian in 2004 and ended his career in second on the Griffins all-time scoring list. In 2005, Julius represented Canada as a member of the men’s national basketball team. Julius continued to play for a few more seasons in Italy and Cyprus while also starting his own player development business, A Game Hoops.
Julius is the first NBL player to make the change to head coach; he was a member of the Lightning during its inaugural season in 2011. He was named as the head coach of the Mississauga Power before it folded. In August of 2015 the Lightning announced they were bringing Julius in as head coach. The 2016-17 season will be the second with Julius
Julius founded A-Game Hoops, a basketball training system that’s developed over 250 athletes. The system combines basketball fundamentals with nutrition, goal setting, and film analysis so that players perform at peak levels and teams are strong units both on and off the court. His methods are tested and true and the on and off court results show that this former player is already an elite head coach.