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Busy offseason for Kwantlen coaches

Basketball head coaches at Kwantlen University continue to make the most of their offseason, signing a total of three new recruits for the 2008-09 season.

Kwantlen Eagles men’s head coach Bernie Love has lured Varinder Singh of Delta and Kevin Kokoska of Langley to the program.

“I’m excited to have Varinder on the team,” said Love. “He’ll be one of our best athletes. He can easily dunk, shoot the three, rebound and block shots.  I expect him to step in and contribute immediately.”

Singh will be studying criminology at Kwantlen and aspires to be a lawyer. The six-foot-four forward is a graduate of Seaquam Secondary School.

“With the direction the men’s basketball team is heading, it was a good fit for me,” said Singh. “Plus, I’ve heard nothing but good things about coach Love and his staff.”

Singh will be joined by second-year player Kokoska, who returns to Kwantlen after taking a year off to concentrate on his studies.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the team coach Love has put together, and I’m looking forward to contributing anyway I can,” said Kokoska, a six-foot-six forward from Langley.

Always looking for more depth, Love is happy to add another big man to the Eagles lineup. “Kevin brings a big body to the post position,” said Love.

“He is a versatile player who can grab a big rebound and run the floor.”

Kwantlen’s women’s team has also bolstered its lineup, announcing Calgary’s Jessica Williams has committed to play in the fall.

“I’m excited to have Jessica on the team,” said Gary Pawluk, head coach of the women’s squad. “She’s a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) calibre player who has huge potential. She can handle the ball with no problem and I expect her to step in and contribute immediately.”

A perennial all-star in the Calgary high school basketball scene, Williams is a talented student-athlete who also excels in volleyball and field hockey, and is looking forward to starting her collegiate basketball career in Surrey with the Eagles.

“It’s an aspiration of mine to play post-secondary and I’m really excited to play for the Eagles,” said Williams.“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be on a new team in a new province where I can get better as a player. I can’t wait to start the season in September.”

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