The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Cape Breton Highlanders head coach Bernado Fitz-Gonzalez has been named NBL Canada Coach of the Month for December 2018.
During December, Fitz-Gonzalez guided Cape Breton to a 7-2 record, including a team-record seven-game winning streak.
Fitz-Gonzalez, originally from Bogota, Columbia, is a FIBA head coach in South America who has competed at a high level internationally in the Liga de Las Americas against top teams in South and Central America. He has the best record in the Colombian Professional League, including leading his team to the most wins in a season in the history of Colombian basketball. He has also been Assistant Coach at East Los Angeles College.
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Joe Salerno of the Moncton Magic has been named Coach of the Month for November 2018. This is Salerno's third Coach of the Month honours, as he joins Halifax's Mike Leslie and Windsor's Bill Jones as current coaches with three-time career Coach of the Month achievements
Salerno and the Moncton Magic finished November with a 6-0 regular season record, the best start for any New Brunswick-based NBL Canada team in league history. Only the 2012-13 London Lightning has a longer winning streak to start an NBL Canada season.
"Coach Salerno's hard work and dedication to this league have paid off this season," said Chuck Miller, NBL Canada Director of League Statistics. "He has a good solid balance of veteran talent and new faces, and the end result is a fast start to his eighth season in the league."
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Mike Leslie of the Halifax Hurricanes has been named NBL Canada Coach of the Month for March 2018. This is the second time that Leslie has earned this honour this season.
During the month of March, Leslie guided the Hurricanes to an 8-3 record, best in the NBL. The Hurricanes have also claimed their third straight Atlantic Division regular season title, as well as home-court advantage throughout the entire 2018 NBL Canada playoffs.
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Mike Leslie of the Halifax Hurricanes has been named NBL Canada Coach of the Month for February 2018. Leslie previously earned Coach of the Month honors in January 2017.
Coach Leslie led the Canes to an 8-1 record in February which included a 6-game winning streak from February 10th to February 27th. Player of the Week honours were also earned three times by his players (Billy White [2x] & Mike Poole).
"Coach Leslie really did a great job getting his guys game ready over the course of the last month and it was his strong preparation and attention to detail which resulted in some important wins over divisional opponents," said deputy commissioner Audley Stephenson.
"Those wins will prove to be important down the stretch as the Hurricanes look to secure home court advantage in the playoffs which is something Mike and his squad certainly recognize the importance of."
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).