The Formosa Dreamers have hired Canadian head coach Kyle Julius for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.

Julius made his ABL head coaching debut with the Saigon Heat, leading the team to two consecutive playoff appearances between 2017 and 2019.

In the second season of his tenure with the Vietnamese club, they finished the regular season with a franchise-best 14 wins, and won its first-ever playoff game after defeating eventual champions CLS Knights Indonesia in game two of their first-round series matchup.

During his time with the Heat, the 39-year-old Julius was tasked with not only coaching the team, but also with helping usher in a new basketball culture. With a premium placed on floor spacing and hard-nosed defense, the Heat transitioned to a more modern style of play, averaging 83.3 points per contest while holding its opponents to just 81.3 points.

Following his departure from Saigon, Julius was last seen in action in China, winning the JUMP 10 World Hoops Challenge with a Canadian team that featured ABL standouts Doug Herring, O’Darien Bassett, and Cameron Forte.

The former professional player is also well-known for developing young talent since the beginnings of his coaching career. He helped transform both Khoa Tran and Chris Dierker into vital pieces for the Saigon Heat during their rookie ABL seasons in 2018-19, so locals like Wu Sung Wei, Chen Hsiao Jung and Kenneth Chien are likely to be huge parts of the Dreamers’ rotation in the upcoming season.

As someone who believes in spacing and rotations on the floor, fans can be assured that Julius will continue to implement his signature run-and-gun style of basketball with the Formosa Dreamers this season.

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