FORMER PORTLAND STATE STARTER KYLE COSTON TO HEAD NORTH FOR 2010-11 SEASON

Kyle Coston outside the Langley Events Centre

MENS BASKETBALL (ANNOUNCEMENT)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2009
RECRUIT SIGNING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FORMER PORTLAND STATE STARTER KYLE COSTON TO HEAD NORTH FOR 2010-11 SEASON

LANGLEY, British Columbia
– Trinity Western University men’s basketball head coach Scott Allen is pleased to announce that Portland State University’s Kyle Coston will be transferring to TWU to play for the Spartans beginning in the 2010-2011 season.

“Kyle is a very athletic player who brings a wealth of experience to our program. He is a great threat from the perimeter as well being a strong finisher at the rim,” commented Allen on third year transfer’s commitment to TWU. “He will not only add a new scoring touch for us on offence, but will strengthening our defence by be able to defend all positions on the floor.”

Coston, who was named to the 2008 Big Sky All-Tournament team, was a starter for the Vikings in 32 starts of 33 games over his final two seasons where he helped lead the Vikings to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. While in the starting line-up the Vikings went 37-12 in his last two years at PSU. Coston finished the season averaging 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, all of which were career highs, while averaging just under 24 minutes per game.

The six foot eight shooting guard, who is transferring to TWU after playing three seasons with the PSU Vikings, commented on joining the Spartans. “I am excited for the opportunity to help continue the traditions of Trinity Western University both as an athlete and as a student.  I also look forward to being a part of a program that will put up a banner for the national champions,” said Coston.

Prior to attending Portland State Coston, who hails from Blaine, Wash., led his Lynden Christian high school team to the Washington State 3A Championship in 2006 where he was named league, district and state MVP as well as earning AP 2A State Player of the Year. At the state tournament in his final year he averaged 21.5 points per game, 10 rebounds and four assists per game, for the season he averaged 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

The addition of Coston to the Spartans 2010-2011 line-up will give TWU one of its most talented and experienced teams ever to wear the Spartan colours. Coston will join fifth year players: fellow PSU transfer Tyrell Mara, 2009 CIS Player of the Year Jacob Doerksen, Jason Keegstra, Daniel Horner, Clint Wichkam and Lance Verhoeff and fourth years: Calvin Westbrook and Fraser Valley transfer Tristan Smith.

Coston follows older brother Tyler’s footsteps into the CIS. Tyler played three seasons with the Spartans from 1999-2002 and was a point guard with the Alberta Golden Bears for two seasons from 2003-2005.

The Spartans are currently 4-3 in Canada West conference play and sit in third spot in the Pacific Division. TWU resumes conference play on Jan. 8-9 when they will play at Saskatchewan on Friday and at Alberta on Saturday in two key road games.

About TWU:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport:

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. The CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, and 32 World University Championships. For further information, visit www.universitysport.ca.

About CWUAA:


"Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year since 1997-98. Comprised of 14 schools, from Manitoba to B.C., the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in events such as the Olympics or Universiade Games."

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Last Updated: 2009-12-19
Author: Scott Stewart