2018/19 VJBL COACHES

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Our line-up of Victorian Junior Basketball League Coaches has gone to a new level with our age group program leaders appointed for 2018/19.

Our age group leaders will take charge of the first team in their respective age groups while mentoring the other coaches from our lower division teams to ensure consistency of training and game strategy.

Further coaching announcements will be made in the coming weeks in relation to our other VJBL teams.

Boys Coaches Girls Coaches
Under 12 Boys    Brenton O’Brien Under 12 Girls    Col Darrington
Under 14 Boys    Rod Boone Under 14 Girls    David Herbert
Under 16 Boys    Paul Dawson Under 16 Girls    Nicky Sleep
Under 18 Boys    Leigh Dawson Under 18 Girls    Glenn Sharp
Under 20 Boys    Sam Johns Under 20 Girls    Damian Withers

 

Supercats VJBL Girls Program – Age Group Leaders

Under 12 Girls – Col Darrington
40 years as a VJBL Head Coach would be enough for many but Col continues to be a power house for the Geelong Supercats.  Col has guided many of our future superstars to success as one of Australia’s premier coaches.  There is not one better to lead our youngest Supercats into 2018/19.  Having coached at state and national level, Col has been a part of coaching our U14, U16 & Youth League Women’s teams in recent years.  The ‘rock’ within our program for many years his knowledge and ability to develop young talented players is recognised throughout the country.  An exciting year ahead for the Under 12 Girls program.

 

Under 14 Girls – David Herbert
David will head up the 2018/19 Under 14 Girls program for the Supercats.  Over recent years David has had tremendous success with the development of local players with a number progressing all the way through to Australian representation.  This is a fantastic opportunity for players in the Geelong region to take a huge step in their Basketball career by being a part of the Under 14 Supercats VJBL program in 2018/19.Australian Gems Under 19 Assistant Coach

Australian World University Games Team Gold Medalists

SEABL Championship Coach

SEABL Coach of the Year

WNBL Coach of the Year

 

Under 16 Girls – Nicky Sleep
Nicky has played the game at an elite level for over 25 years, 15 of those with the Ballarat Lady Miners and in the Western Australian State Basketball League (SBL) Nicky was awarded numerous MVP awards across her playing career and brings a wealth of experience to the Under 16 Girls program.  Having coached for the past few years at domestic level and with the Under 16 Girls 2 Nicky has done a wonderful job this year and we look forward to her continued success.  A knowledgable, personable coach that the players love with a tremendous future in our program.

Under 18 Girls – Glenn Sharp
Our SEABL assistant coach Glenn Sharp is back on board for the 2018/19 VJBL season.  ‘After a successful 2018 season where the Under 18 girls achieved Victorian Championship Reserve level, Sharpie will be looking to go one better and drive the girls program into Victorian Championship in 2018/19.  A former NBL player Glenn has the ability to mould a team and get the best out of his players.’SEABL Championship Assistant Coach

Former NBL player

Former SEABL Player

Former NCAA College Player

 

Under 21 Girls – Damian Withers
In our first ever season of Under 20 Women’s Basketball Damian has done a wonderful job leading and inspiring this young group of players.  Having coached for 8 years domestically with the Lara Giants and now 6 Years with the Supercats program Damian Withers will take on his second year coaching the Under 20 Women’s Team.   We hope the continued growth in this group will ensure success in our senior pathway for many years to come

 

Supercats VJBL Boys Program – Age Group Leaders

Under 12 Boys – Brenton O’Brien
After coaching the Supercats Division 1 men in 2018.  Brenton has decided to lead our Under 12 boys program in 2018/19.  Throughout 2018 Brenton has headed up the Basketball Victoria Under 14 Regional Academy and has a clear passion for seeing the stars of tomorrow starting off on the right foot. ‘Brenton is one of the most promising coaches in the country and his passion for learning and developing teams and players is second to none.  We are very excited to have him on board within our junior program and I am sure this age group will reach new heights and continue to achieve within the Victorian Championship level.

Under 14 Boys – Rod Boone
‘Booney’ as he’s affectionately known, has been coaching Supercats Representative teams since 1998. His wealth of knowledge and the attention to the detail is exactly what is needed to deliver at this level. Rod will lead the U14 Boys program for the fourth year in a row as we develop the next generation of Supercats stars.  Rod was very close to winning another Victorian Country State Championship before coming up against a tough Warnambool Under 14 Boys.  As a program we could not ask for a better person to coach for the Supercats and he in stills discipline and ensure each player within our program is better person for the experience of being coached by Booney…

Under 16 Boys – Paul Dawson
Paul previously coached with the Bellarine Storm in the Under 12 Boys, Under 12 Girls, Under 16 Boys with some fantastic results achieved including a Victoria Country Championships gold medal.  Paul has coached for Victoria Country in the Under 14 and Under 15 levels at the Southern Cross Cup and is a current Victoria Country NITP network coach for the Geelong Region.  We look forward to Paul taking the helm of the Under 16 Boys and leading this team to success.

Under 18 Boys  – Leigh Dawson
Leigh has established himself as one of the best coaches in our region.  Hi success at junior level is well known having taken both the Under 12 and Under 16 boys teams to Victorian Championship levels.   Leigh has also been involved with the Victorian Country program at varying levels and has spent time in our Supercats Senior Program.  We are delighted to have Leigh on board in 2018/19 and we are sure success will follow

Under 21 Boys – Sam Johns
Our current Geelong U20 Head Coach and Big V division 1 Men’s assistant Sam Johns is perfectly positioned to give his players the best pathway. With consistency comes a greater understanding of what is required to succeed. Sam will head into his 3rd year as U20’s Head Coach with a goal to move our boys into a higher division on the VJBL competition.