Every crew needs a skilled tradesperson to lead them in successful project completion. This is exactly what the KW Titans are getting with Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel Neal Foreman.
A professional project manager over the last 20 years, Coach Foreman has committed his spare time to developing himself as a coach in preparation for the right opportunity. He has held head coach roles with Academie Ste Cecile International School, and with South Windsor Warriors competing in the OBA and AAU circuits, as well as holding the Director role for them. For the past three years, Coach Foreman has worked with the Windsor Express (a Titans opponent in the NBLC) as an assistant coach focused on player development, analysis, athlete evaluations, video breakdowns, and strategy creation. He spends countless hours of his spare time working out players during the offseason to sharpen their skills, as well as mentoring them in life.
Owner and President Leon Martin can’t wait to get to work, “Neal’s approach to business, coaching, and development fits into the Titan’s team leadership model and community-based culture. He knows what we are expecting from him for player recruitment and selection. He’s committed to not only development of the players on the court, but off the court, and to mentor and develop coaches as well. We can’t wait for training camp to start and be back at The Aud on February 5.”
For years, Coach Foreman has not only been mentoring and evaluating professional players, but also contributes to the growth of basketball in our country as a Learning Facilitator and Evaluator for Canada Basketball. His commitment to being a players’ coach, mentoring and developing athletes on and off the court, along with the expectations of building a winning culture sets him up to come into the role sprinting as the Titans kick off their 5th season with the National Basketball League of Canada.
Coach Foreman shared the following words:
“I would like to thank the KW Titans Leadership Team for giving me the opportunity to become their next Head Coach. These types of positions don’t come along very often, and the timing was right for myself and my family. I’m grateful that I was chosen to lead the team for this upcoming season.
The vision and direction that the Leadership Team spoke about, resonated with me and ultimately was the tipping factor in my decision to join the organization. When they talked about what they wanted to accomplish this year and going forward, I wanted in. I felt that my background in sport and professionally would be an asset to the group.
It was a difficult decision to leave Windsor. There are so many great memories, and the friendships that were developed will last a lifetime. I enjoyed my time with the Express, and I look forward to competing against them now and in the future.
Training camp is around the corner. We all can’t wait to get back on the court and do what we love to do. I look forward to getting situated in Kitchener-Waterloo and really getting to know the community.”
VP of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mel Kobe:
“As a Canadian coach committed to growing the game in Ontario and across the country, I’m ecstatic to be part of the decision to have Neal join our organization in this role. To have a coach that came to the table with the same vision and goals as our organization, to have the experience we were looking for, and to be able to offer a Canadian this role, really, I couldn’t be happier. Neal has put the work in over years to be ready for an opportunity at the right time, and the right fit of organization values and goals.
He has amazing connections with the athletes he has worked with in the past and truly believes in working with the players and motivating them to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives. I can’t wait to get to work going through all the players that have reached out looking for their own opportunity to be part of something great.”
Coach Foreman and Mel Kobe will begin work to fulfil roles within the coaching staff and going through the many athletes that have submitted their resumes and highlights.