CBU lands new coach; Recruiting updates

As was widely expected and alluded to here on this site a few days ago, 37 year old Quebec City native Dave Petroziello was introduced as the newest Head Coach at Cape Breton University, replacing Matt Skinn who resigned earlier this year.  Petroziello, who inked a four-year deal with the Capers, has travelled far and wide before landing his first CIS men’s head job, spending his last 5 seasons of coaching in the CCAA at 3 different schools, most recently completing a two-year stint at the end of the 2014-15 season at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AL;  Petroziello also coached one at Olds College Broncos (Olds, AL between Red Deer and Calgary (2012-13)) and two seasons at Calgary’s Saint Mary’s University College with the Lightning (2010-11, 2011-12).  His coaching journey included gigs in B.C. and in Australia, where among his postings was Head Coach of a women’s professional program.  His only prior CIS experience was an Assistant at Simon Fraser in one of their final seasons prior to making the move to NCAA DII; Petrozeillo was on Coach Scott Clark’s staff with the Clan in 2008-09 when SFU went 14-9 in Canada West league play and had Greg Wallis as a conference all-star.  With Cape Breton losing 3 starters (6’4″ Kelson Devereaux, 6’8″AUS Defensive POY Meshack Lufile and 6’3″ Cedric Kasongo) plus reserve 6’6″ A.J. Geugjues, representing almost 100 minutes per game of floor time per game from last season’s AUS quarter-final participant, Petroziello already has his work cut out for him coming into this season getting the position so late in the recruiting process.  Add in the transfer of 6’3″ Kayon Mayers to Western and Capers returns only 5 main rotation players (6’5″ Kenny Jean-Louis 4th year, 6’1″ guard Seth Amoah, wings 6’4″ Kyle Hankins and 6’5″ Tevin Bartley plus 5’11” AUS All-rookie team selection Jack MacAulay).  With only 6’3″ Columbus, OH native Seth McCoy signed for next season, Petroziello can promise plenty of PT to any late signees he may be able to attract to Sydney.  Recall Capers blew a late fourth-quarter lead to Acadia in the first round of the AUS tournament this past season, watching as Axemen guard Ben Miller scorched CBU for 14 points including 4 3’s in the final 4 1/2 minutes of action to pull out a one-point win.  Then-freshman Bartley played a major role for CBU in that game, scoring 14 points, many after halftime in helping Capers push the Axemen…  Western signed an interesting prospect in 6’6″ Dylon Gregory, who spent last season at Tennessee Prep Academy after a star studded career at Brampton’s St. Edward Campion and Hoops Canada Elite club team.  Gregory, who is ranked #34 in the Class of 2016 by North Pole Hoops, joins what is rapidly becoming an impact Mustangs recruiting class that includes 5’10” Tyler Thomson, 6’7″ Chris Clegg (BTB Elite), 6’7″ Daniil Shesterinin (Bishop Reding Milton) and the aforementioned Meyers from CBU as Coach Brad Campbell rebuilds after suffering heavy graduation losses this past season… McGill added another potentially strong piece to what is a deep and talented class with the commitment of 6’9″ Petar Basta from famed Etobicoke program Martingrove Bears.  Basta is described as a long wing span Euro-type 4 with good perimeter skills.  Basta was ranked #39 in the Class of 2016 by North Pole Hoops.


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