NEW Saigon Heat coach Kyle Julius is looking at beefing up its roster with Filipino imports as he takes over the team.
Julius has taken over the Heat replacing Tony Garbelotto for the coming 2017-2018 season of the regional basketball league. Julius coached the 3D Canada squad in the 39th William Jones Cup.
The new Heat mentor said he is now searching for Filipino players who will reinforce the squad which finished fourth in the elimination round last year with an 8-12 win-loss record.
"I have reached out to several Philippine players so hopefully we can come to agreements and begin to change the personnel to better suit the way I want to play and the culture we want to build," said Julius in an online interview with SPIN.ph.
"I was excited about the opportunity with the Heat because of how much potential the Heat has in the ABL," he added as he thanked his agent Linus Malitao for making the stint happen.
Julius believed he is capable of bringing the Heat to the next level especially with a strong program he plans for the squad.
"The team has had some good success in the past and I feel with my approach to the game and the strong foundation the organization has put in place we can be successful and do some special things in the ABL," said Julius.
"I love how the game is growing so rapidly in Vietnam and I am very excited about the opportunity to be involved in the growth," he added.
Under his guidance, Julius hopes to turn the Heat into a tough defensive squad.
"We will form a team that plays very hard, prepares with a relentless intensity. I have a system and a cultural approach to the game I will work to implement and hopefully the guys can adjust."
"We will play with a solid tempo, move the ball and play with a very controlled aggression defensively," he added.