The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Keith Vassell of the London Lightning has been named Coach of the Month for January 2018. This is the first time that Vassell has earned this honour.
Coach Vassell led the Bolts to a 7-2 record for January which included a 12-game winning streak that covered a span of a month (December 17th through January 19th). Player of the Week honours were also earned twice by his players (Mo Bolden and Royce White).
"Stepping into an environment where championship aspirations are high and the expectation to win exists even in the toughest of circumstances is no easy feat. It's for this reason why I'm so impressed at the way Coach Vassell guided the Lightning to their most impressive win streak of the season," said deputy commissioner Audley Stephenson.
"After an uncharacteristically slow start, the Lightning went on an incredible run that included three OT games and one contest that went into 2OT. Coach Vassell had his club prepared to compete on a nightly basis which in turn made them an extremely fun team to watch."
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Jeff Dunlap of the St. John's Edge has been named Coach of the Month for December 2017. This is the first time that Dunlap has earned this honour.
Encompassing all games played in the last two weeks of November and all of December, the Edge have generated an 8-4 record, the best winning percentage in the NBL. Player of the Week honours were also earned three times by his players (Charles Hinkle twice, and Carl English).