Gil Cheung is getting the chance to return to his second home.
Brandon University officials confirmed late Tuesday that the former BU Bobcats player and assistant coach has accepted an offer to become the university’s new head men’s basketball coach.
Cheung, who was one of two shortlisted applicants who interviewed for the vacant position last week, will become the sixth Bobcats head coach of the past eight years and take over a men’s program that had a losing record and missed the post-season in 2009-10.
Cheung beat out another former BU player, junior college coach James Blake, for the position. Blake, who has NCAA Division I and II coaching experience, has spent the past season at Sonora (Calif.) Columbia College.
Cheung is currently an assistant coach on the British Columbia boys under-17 provincial team, joined by former BU coaches Barnaby Craddock and Mike Raimbault, now the new head coach of the Winnipeg Wesmen. Cheung served as an assistant coach with Brandon’s women’s team in 2003-04 and with the Bobcat men’s squad in 2004-05, both under Les Berry.