The UFV Cascades have hired Joe Enevoldson to be the new men’s basketball head coach. (Douglas College photo)

The UFV Cascades have hired Joe Enevoldson to be the new men’s basketball head coach. (Douglas College photo)

UFV Cascades hire Joe Enevoldson as new men’s basketball head coach

Enevoldson joins UFV after a successful four-year run as head coach with the Douglas College Royals

Joe Enevoldson has been named the new head coach of the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades men’s basketball program.

Enevoldson arrives in Abbotsford after an excellent four-year run with the Douglas College Royals men’s basketball team.

He helped guide Douglas to Pacwest medals in all four years he was the head coach – bronze in 2016-17, gold in 2017-18, silver in 2018-19, and gold in 2019-20. His Royals qualified for the CCAA national championships in two occasions, winning silver in 2018 and earning the No. 1 overall seed heading into this year’s tournament, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enevoldson posted a 50-22 record in league play, and was voted the Pacwest coach of the year each of the past two years. He also earned CCAA national coach of the year honours this season.

Enevoldson and the Royals actually defeated the Cascades 83-69 in an exhibition game back on Oct. 3.

During his time at Douglas, Enevoldson worked concurrently as director of male high performance for Basketball BC, hiring coaches and identifying and communicating with potential Team BC athletes.

He also has experience at the Canada West level as an assistant coach, serving in the role with the UBC Thunderbirds (2003-04), TRU WolfPack (women’s team 2005-06 and men’s team 2013-15) and the MRU Cougars (2007-13).

“It’s a dream job,” Enevoldson stated in a press release. “To coach at the U SPORTS level, the highest level of amateur sport in Canada, is exciting. I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to get back to that level and coach in a day-to-day scenario against some of the best coaches and athletes in the country.

“I plan to bring a culture that I believe is conducive to personal and athletic growth. I truly do believe that the holistic student-athlete is the best student-athlete. My goal will be to win the community, and to build a program that the Fraser Valley is proud of.”

Steve Tuckwood, the UFV director of athletic and campus recreation stated that he was impressed with how Enevoldson built the Douglas College program.

“Joe is a proven coach who has taken the Douglas College program to another level,” said Steve Tuckwood, UFV director of athletics and campus recreation. “We also know that he has strong connections with basketball development in the province of British Columbia, and we’re excited to have him come and join us.”

The Cascades parted ways with longtime men’s basketball head coach Adam Friesen back on Feb. 28. The details behind that decision have not yet been shared by either the school or Friesen.

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