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Under 20 Girls – Damian Withers

Having coached for 7 years domestically with the Lara Giants and now 5 Years with the Supercats program Damian Withers will take on one of the most exciting positions of 2018. Years in the making and with 3 strong years of playing numbers at 16 and 18 girls, Damian will launch the Supercats U20 Women’s team. Damian is a regular at David Hebert’s development sessions and is always looking to improve as a coach to pass on his increased knowledge to his players.



 Under 18 Girls – Glenn Sharp

SEABL assistant coach Glenn Sharp is back on board in 2017/18 VJBL season.  ‘After a successful 2017 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 2017/18.  A former NBL player Glenn has the ability to mold a team and get the best out of his players.’




Under 16 Girls – Brenton O’Brien

After achieving some outstanding results with our Youth League Men, Brenton has decided to change direction slightly and lead our Under 16 Girls program in 2017/18.  ‘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 Girls – Frank Morrissy

After 5 years as an assistant coach at our Under 16 former Basketball Geelong President and stalwart Frank Morrissy has been given the reigns for the Under 14 Girls.  ‘Franks wealth of Basketball knowledge is invaluable to this age group.  Over the past 2 years both Kylie and Frank have helped to produce some amazing talent from within our Under 16 program and I am sure this will continue with Frank at the helm of the under 14 Girls.’




Under 12 Girls – Col Darrington

With over 38 years experience there is no one better to lead our youngest Supercats into 2016. Col Darrington is one of Geelong’s premier coaches. Having coached at a State and National Level. Col has coached of our U14, U16 & Youth League Women’s teams in recent years and will take the reigns of the vitally important U12 Girls program in 2018. ‘Col has been the rock within our program for many years his knowledge and ability to develop young talented players is recognised throughout the country.’





U20 Boys 1 – 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.




Under 18 Boys 1 – Chris Clyne

A state country championship in 2017 was definitely a highlight for our Under 18 Men’s program.  This followed up by achieving VC Reserve with a young group of Under 18 Boys leaves this program as a force to be reckoned with in 2017/18.  Chris has a strong history in the Victorian Country program where he acted as an assistant coach for 6 years.  His knowledge and passion for the game are second to none and his ability to mold a team together are also strong reasons behind his success.  In an injury plagued year which resulted in a number of players missing more than half of the season it is hoped these players are fighting fit and ready to challenge for VC in 2017/18


Under 16 Boys 1 – Leigh Dawson

Leigh is one of our most promising coaches in our VJBL program.  Having assisted our Youth League Men’s Team and coached our Under 18 Boys 2 in 2017 Leigh is more than ready to take on the challenge of our Under 16 Boys 1.  A proven track record of success and results, Leigh has coached a number of teams to VC level in the past along with coaching in the Victorian Country Junior Program. We are delighted to have Leigh on board in 2017/18 and we are sure success will follow.



U14 Boys 1 – 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 1 team for the third year in a row as we develop the next group of Supercat stars.  Another state country championship a highlight of Rod’s 2016/17 campaign where the Geelong Supercats were granted entry to the Australian National Championships to be held in Dandenong in October.



U12 Boys 1 – Kat Herbert

Following a number of years with Westgate Basketball Association where she started the representative program and was the inaugural Director of Coaching, Kat Herbert will return home in 2018 to lead the Supercats U12 Boys 1. In her first stint with Geelong Kat coached the U12 Boys 2nd, then 1st, before moving on to the role as Youth League Women’s head coach and then finally as the under 12 1 girls coach.

Kat has lived in Melbourne for a few years, but a return to Lara means a return to the Supercats.