PREPARATIONS for our 2018 #TeamVic campaigns have begun with Basketball Victoria announcing the 2018 state team coaches and staff.
With the assistance of well-respected national and international coaches Jamie O’Loughlin and Brendan Joyce, we have assembled the staff for 12 teams representing Victoria, Victoria Country or Victoria Metropolitan at the 2018 Australian Junior Championships.
New additions to the Victorian under-20 coaching panel include head coaches Katrina Hibbert (Victoria under-20 women) and Chris Anstey (Victoria under-20 men), Joel Anderson (Victoria Country under-16 boys) and Reece Potter (Victoria Metropolitan under-18 women).
Chris Anstey was part of our under-18 Victoria Metropolitan men’s national championship winning coaching line-up in 2017. His impressive playing resume includes first round selection in the 1997 NBA draft, two NBL MVPs, three NBL championships and representing Australia twice at the Olympic Games as well as coaching for three seasons in the NBL with the Melbourne Tigers.
Katrina Hibbert – a decorated Australian Opal, WNBL MVP, Lousiana State University legend, WNBA Seattle Storm draft pick in 2000 and Commonwealth Games gold medallist – has been an integral part of Victorian basketball for the last 20 years and is another elite example of a Victorian player transitioning seamlessly into becoming a Victorian coach.
Following on from their successful state team campaigns in 2017 will be national championship winning coaches Gerard Hillier (Victoria Country under-18 women), Darren Perry (under-18 Victoria Metropolitan men), Sam Thornton (Victoria Metropolitan under-16 girls), Glen Jordan (Victoria Ivor Burge Men) and Simon Robinson (Victoria Ivor Burge Women). Also returning to the Victorian coaching ranks will be Dom Linossier (Victoria Metropolitan under-16 boys).
Basketball Victoria Operations Manager Grant Wallace said the standard of coaching and staff appointments in 2018 are incredible and will make Victorian teams hard to beat.
“The level of coaching and support available for our elite Victorian junior athletes in 2018 is extremely impressive,” Wallace said. “We’re lucky enough to have under-18 and under-16 national championship winning coaches – Gerard Hillier, Darren Perry and Sam Thornton – return to our coaching ranks in 2018 as well as our two successful Victoria Ivor Burge coaches Simon Robinson and Glen Jordan.
“While we’ve retained plenty of proven coaching talent in our teams, it is just as pleasing to give new head coaching opportunities to two Victorian basketball luminaries in Katrina Hibbert with the U20 Women and Chris Anstey with the U20 Men, while U17 National Women’s Assistant Coach Reece Potter will lead the U18 Metropolitan Women.
“In 2018 we have also provided an opportunity to Joel Anderson in recognition for his development in our High Performance Country coaching pathway as he will lead the U16 Country Men, highlighting our commitment to develop the next generation of coaches alongside our elite junior rosters.”
Wallace wanted to acknowledge Victorian basketball coaching icons Jamie O’Loughlin and Brendan Joyce for their assistance in putting together the #TeamVic coaching lists.
“The difficult selection process was eased with the valued professional direction and input from two of the best credentialed High Performance coaches in Australia,” Wallace said. “Jamie O’Loughlin helped out extensively with the Country coaching selections and Victorian legend Brendan Joyce assisting with the Metropolitan appointments – we sincerely thank both gentlemen for their invaluable time, and passion for all things Victorian basketball.”
The time and effort all applicants put in to join the #TeamVic ranks was impressive and Wallace wanted to thank everyone who put their hand up for state team duties.
“Finally, we want to thank all the coaches and staff who applied for Basketball Victoria state team positions – the calibre of coaching and mentoring on offer in Victoria is exceptional and continues to improve in quality every year,” Wallace said.
The first national championship destination has been announced this week with the Under-20 and Ivor Burge Championships set to be held in Gosford, NSW from 7-11 February.
For more information on state team announcements and #TeamVic match reports, highlights and galleries – head across to our Facebook page throughout every Championship.
2018 VICTORIAN STATE TEAM COACHES AND STAFF LIST
|U20 Victoria Women|
|Head Coach||Katrina Hibbert||Eltham|
|Assistant Coach||Hannah Lowe||Hawthorn|
|Assistant Coach||Simon Giovannoni||Sandringham|
|Team Manager||Fiona Mortimer|
|Mentor||Dee Butler||Diamond Valley|
|U20 Victoria Men|
|Head Coach||Chris Anstey||Dandenong|
|Assistant Coach||John White||Dandenong|
|Assistant Coach||Shane McDonald||Nunawading|
|Team Manager||Shelley Reynolds|
|Ivor Burge Victoria Women|
|Head Coach||Simon Robinson||Collingwood|
|Assistant Coach||Joseph Borg||Diamond Valley|
|Assistant Coach||Justin May||Hawthorn|
|Team Manager||Kerryn O’Donnell|
|Development Coach||Maddison Borg||Diamond Valley|
|Ivor Burge Victoria Men|
|Head Coach||Glen Jordan||Corio Bay|
|Assistant Coach||Ryan Holloway||Warrandyte|
|Assistant Coach||Jeff Shute||Eltham|
|U18 Victoria Country Women|
|Head Coach||Gerard Hillier||Southern Peninsula|
|Assistant Coach||Sharon Denham||Swan Hill|
|Assistant Coach||Rob Baker||Ballarat|
|Team Manager||Wendy Campbell|
|Mentor||Jamie O’Loughlin||Geelong / Cairns|
|U18 Victoria Metro Women|
|Head Coach||Reece Potter||Werribee|
|Assistant Coach||Lloyd Klaman||Hawthorn|
|Assistant Coach||Jess May||Bulleen|
|Team Manager||Lisa Page|
|Selector||Al McAughtry||Diamond Valley|
|U18 Victoria Country Men|
|Head Coach||Lucas Allen||Southern Peninsula|
|Assistant Coach||Brad Crole||Dandenong|
|Assistant Coach||Ben White||Southern Peninsula|
|Team Manager||Joshua Waight|
|Mentor||Dean Vickerman||Melbourne United|
|U18 Victoria Metro Men|
|Head Coach||Darren Perry||Dandenong|
|Assistant Coach||Daniel Smith||Eltham|
|Assistant Coach||David Peters||Melbourne|
|Team Manager||Mark Sainsbery|
|Mentor||Mike Kelly||Melbourne United|
|U16 Victoria Country Women|
|Head Coach||Joe Turner||Bendigo|
|Assistant Coach||Emma Henry||Wodonga|
|Assistant Coach||Ainslie Howard||Corio Bay|
|Team Manager||Paige Hockley|
|U16 Victoria Metro Women|
|Head Coach||Samantha Thornton||Bulleen|
|Assistant Coach||Simon Hickey||Diamond Valley|
|Assistant Coach||Jacqui O’Neill||Diamond Valley|
|Team Manager||Kate Butler|
|Mentor||Guy Molloy||Melbourne Boomers|
|U16 Victoria Country Men|
|Head Coach||Joel Anderson||Corio Bay|
|Associate Head Coach||Mike McHugh||Dandenong|
|Assistant Coach||Thomas Thorn||Bendigo|
|Team Manager||Wayne Bird|
|U16 Victoria Metro Men|
|Head Coach||Dom Linossier||Knox|
|Assistant Coach||Ash Arnott||Dandenong|
|Assistant Coach||Jack Fleming||Diamond Valley|
|Team Manager||Dwayne Campbell|
|Mentor||Simon Mitchell||Melbourne United|