Kevin Pribilsky: Basketball Coach

Kevin Pribilsky

Head Coach

  • Played on the U16 BC Provincial Team and U17 BC Provincial Team, which placed 3rd at Nationals
  • Played two years at SFU and three years at Thompson Rivers University
  • Won Male Athlete of the Year at TRU and nominated for BC Basketball’s Male Player of the Year
  • Assistant Coach at Thompson Rivers University

Kevin was a strong youth player who developed into a successful university player. After five years playing in the CIS,  Kevin transitioned to his true calling: coaching. A student of the game, Kevin is incredibly astute at breaking down the most important aspects of basketball and motivating players to take their training to the next level.

Get to Know Your Coach

Q: Did you play other sports growing up? Were other sports important to your development as an athlete?

A: “I played Baseball until I was in Grade 10. I played on 3 Provincial Teams in Baseball and won a Bronze Medal at Nationals as well as a Silver at Western Canada Games. It is extremely important to play multiple sports at a young age as you get to work different muscle groups, and gain a better mental understanding of athletics in general.”

Q: When did you get serious about basketball?

A: “Grade 10 at 16 years old.”

Q: Who have been your biggest sports influences?

A: “The biggest influences in my basketball career are my parents who allowed me all the opportunity in the world to play and enjoy the sport. My coaches growing up were also extremely important to my growth and development in basketball and in life: Mike Metcalf, Eli Pasquale, Ted Anderson, Gil Cheung, Brian Tait, Mike Morgan, Del Komarniski, Mark Simpson and Scott Clark.”

Q: What values did you learn through sport that have been influential in your life?

“There are way too many to count. I have been told for many years that basketball is the most important class in University. It teaches you life lessons that no other class can and these life lessons will take you far in life. Some of the most important values I learned and want to share with our Split Second players are: the importance of preparation, discipline and mental toughness, how to handle adversity and solve problems in stressful situations, the value of putting the group’s needs ahead of your own, teamwork and cooperation, and…humility.”

Q: Who is your favourite player?

A: “Chris Paul.”

Q: What did the most to build your confidence as a player?

A: “Getting in the gym hugely impacted my confidence, whether it was on my own, with a coach, teammate, brother or parents. Also, playing and working on my game. When you start out in June making 2 out of 10 shots and by the end of the summer you are making 8 out of 10…your confidence rises because you realize what you can do to improve on your own.”

Q: What lesson are you most passionate about sharing with young players?

A: “It takes discipline to become a good player. If you want to be good at something it takes commitment and sacrifice to accomplish that goal. It does not happen overnight and it is a long journey, so you must stay disciplined and not give up at the first signs of adversity.”

Q: Favourite number/nicknames?

A: “I don’t have a favourite number but I typically wore 3, 7, 11, and 14. I don’t have a nickname either, but I am sure many of my friends would disagree.’”

Q: What’s your best basketball memory?

A: “There are many to choose from, but I was an Assistant Coach at Thompson Rivers University when we made playoffs for the first time. Two years later, we made it to Nationals. That was special because it was such a journey to get to that point.”