Victoria native James Blake is the new head coach of the SFU men’s basketball team—the sixth in the team’s 45-year history.

SFU gets NCAA-seasoned basketball coach

June 24, 2010

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SFU’s men’s basketball team has a new coach to lead the university’s charge into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 2 and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2010–11.

James Blake is the sixth head coach in the team’s 45-year history and replaces Scott Clark, who resigned in May after 15 seasons for a coaching job at Kamloops’ Thompson Rivers University.

A 34-year-old Victoria native and dual Canadian-American citizen, Blake spent the last six years coaching in the U.S. Last season, he was associate head coach at Columbia Junior College in Sonora, Calif. Before that, he was as an assistant on NCAA Division 1 teams at Idaho State and Cal State-Northridge and in Division 2 with Cal State-Stanislaus.

Blake played high school basketball at Victoria High and college ball at the University of Brandon (1995–97) and for the University of Victoria (1998–2000), where he graduated with a BA in History. He also graduated from the masters coaching program at Victoria’s National Coaching Institution.

"Recruiting is my number one priority right now," says the new coach. "I will be all over Canada and the U.S. during the July recruiting period, as well as burning the phone lines to chase down players."

He adds, "I have coached Canadian players in the U.S. and they have all said that if there was an NCAA school in Canada they would have loved the opportunity to stay at home and play NCAA basketball in Canada." Read more:


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Tony Scott

I wanted to contact Coach Blake through the athletics department, but i notice that there hasn't been an update on Coach Blake as the new Head Basketball Coach.

Coach Blake, could you please send me the information regarding your 5 out offense please.


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