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Canadian Basketball

KW Professional Basketball Announces Head Coach

Waterloo – KW Professional Basketball CEO John Thompson (photo) announced that Garrett Kelly will serve as the team's first coach. Kelly, a native of Arden, NC, will oversee all basketball operations, including recruitment of players, roster selection and team development during the team's inaugural 28 game 2015-16 season.

Thompson stated "Our community is delighted to have Garrett assume the reins of our team, utilizing his strong demonstrated leadership, instructional and communication skills. With his broad background and passion, in a variety of settings in U.S. college ranks, he will add much to the initial success of our organization."

Garrett Kelly joins the Canadian Basketball League following a two-year stint as Director of basketball operations at Siena College, Loudonville NY. For the two previous years (2011-2013) he served in a similar role at Radford University in Radford VA. His first coaching opportunity was in 2010-11 as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Catholic University, Washington DC. Kelly's playing career as a student-athlete was in 2007-2010 at Loyola University in Baltimore MD

At all three stops, he assisted the coaching staff with creating a winning culture by recruiting and developing talented athletes with high character and integrating the basketball program into the community by building strong relationships.

“I want to thank Mayor Jaworsky, and the City of Waterloo, for allowing the Canadian Basketball League to have its first team in such a thriving community. I am humbled and appreciative for the opportunity to help lead KW Professional Basketball. We are very excited to build a first class organization and establish a strong basketball culture in the Region of Waterloo.” Said head coach, Garrett Kelly KW Professional Basketball will play a 28 game season with 14 home games at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex beginning in December. The CBL season schedule includes games on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and Family Day.

Garrett addressed the group by thanking everyone especially CBL founder Butch Carter. "This league wouldn't exist without Butch Carter" Garratt told the Waterloo area group stating Kitchener-Waterloo is a "thriving community". While he's looking forward to "getting you guys out to the game" the teams focus is to "compete and have a lot of fun". Garrett is looking forward to moving up here.

When asked what type of style the team will play Garratt hopes for a "Fast place, up tempo, aggressive style". Those looking to tryout can go to Rim Park Saturday November 7 at 5pm.

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