Raptors 905 Finalize Coaching Staff

By Raptors 905 | August 15, 2018

Raptors 905 announced Wednesday the team has added Charles Kissi, Charles Dube-Brais, Trevor Pridie and Arsalan Jamil to Head Coach Jama Mahlalela’s staff.  A.J. Diggs and Ryan Schmidt return to Raptors 905 for their second season, while Tamara Tatham and Justin Alliman will serve as mentor coaches for the season.

Kissi, 37, coached the Brock Badgers to a 107-72 overall record over the past five seasons, highlighted by 31-8 record and a national tournament appearance last season.  Prior to his tenure at Brock, Kissi served as an apprentice coach in the Toronto Raptors organization where he shadowed the Raptors coaching staff.  Kissi began his U Sports coaching career as an assistant coach with the Ryerson Rams Women’s basketball program during the 2009-10 season.  He was then promoted and served as head coach for the following two seasons, highlighted by a OUA East Final Four appearance in 2010-2011.

Kissi competed for the McMaster Marauders as a player, playing in two national championship tournaments.  He was recognized in 2003 as the Liam Stevens Award winner, a team award to the player who best exemplifies a positive attitude, hard work and determination.

Dube-Brais, 37, spent last season as the head coach of the ChongSon Kung Fu of the ABL.  He guided the team to a 15-5 record in its first year, earning Coach of the Year honours.  Prior to ChongSon, the Quebec native spent four years as the head coach of the JSF Nanterre U21 team and assistant coach of the JSF Nanterre Pro A club, playing in the Euroleague.  He has served as a guest coach at NBA Summer League the last four seasons, most recently as part of the Toronto Raptors 2018 entry.

Pridie, 31, served as an assistant coach at the University of Fraser Valley for the last three seasons.  The Abbotsford, British Columbia native also served as head coach and program director of the BC Bounce since 2011.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of the Fraser Valley and an Associates of Arts in Criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Jamil, 32, has spent the last five seasons as a member of the Toronto Raptors basketball operations staff. He played collegiately for the Ryerson Rams, and holds a degree in computer engineering. Jamil was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan and currently lives in Mississauga.

In addition to his assistant coaches, Head Coach Jama Mahlalela will mentor two Canadian coaches in an effort to help grow and develop Canadian talent in the coaching ranks.  Mahlalela will welcome Olympian Tamara Tatham and current Jr. NBA Head Coach Justin Alliman to his staff for the season.