In preparation for ABL 10, Saigon Heat has assigned Matt Van Pelt as the team’s new assistant coach.

After considering many potential candidate profiles, Saigon Heat has decided to entrust Matt Van Pelt to take on the role as the team’s new assistant coach. Matt Van Pelt has had years of experience in SEA basketball both as a player and coach. As a player, he previously served for MadGoat Basketball Club under coach Kevin at the TBL (Thailand Basketball League) - averaging 16.31 points, 6.15 assists, and 3.62 rebounds per game.

Matt Van Pelt played for MadGoat Basketball Club at the TBL.

As a coach, Matt Van Pelt spent time working in youth basketball training centers in Thailand and participated in the Jr. NBA Asia. In 2018, he was appointed as an assistant coach in the U18 and U15 Cambodia Basketball National Team.

In VBA 2018, Matt Van Pelt worked as an assistant to head coach Todd Purves for the Hanoi Buffaloes Basketball Club. His coaching efforts has lead the team to get through to the finals for the very first time.

Matt Van Pelt worked as an assistant coach for the Hanoi Buffaloes in VBA 2018.

Commenting on his new assistant, coach Kevin Yurkus states: Matt Van Pelt is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever been around. His passion and commitment to the game of basketball are second to none. The skillset that he brings to the Saigon Heat will be a major factor in our mission to take our organization to an even higher level.”

Welcome to Saigon Heat, coach Matt Van Pelt! We are very happy to have you with us this season.

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