BASKETBALL Victoria is proud to announce our four newly appointed High Performance Coaches to the expanded department – Nathan Cooper-Brown, Jenni Screen, Zoe Carr and Ash Arnott.
Basketball Victoria has expanded its High Performance Coaching structure to better reflect the needs and requirements of the Victorian basketball community.
Screen (Victoria Metropolitan Women), Arnott (Victoria Metropolitan Men), Carr (Victoria Country Women) and Cooper-Brown (Victoria Country Men) will work in coordination to provide Victorian athletes with the best possible coaching environment.
Victoria Metropolitan Women’s High Performance Coach Jenni Screen joins Basketball Victoria with a wealth of experience as a player.
She represented the Australia Opals in 122 games, including two Olympic Games, winning silver in Beijing and bronze in London, as well as the Opals’ incredible 2006 World Championship triumph in Brazil.
Screen holds a Masters Sports Science – Strength and Conditioning as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement). Screen has been active as a player’s advocate, as part of the IOC’s 2017 and 2019 Athlete Forums as well as a FIBA Players Commissioner from 2014 to present.
“I think it’s really exciting, it’s an honour to start with – to help the youth on the pathways to hopefully Opals and Boomers status in their future careers,” Screen said.
“For me from a coaching perspective, I’m new to this environment – I was an athlete for a very, very long time, at the pinnacle with the Opals program, and now hopefully I’ll be able to pay it forward to these youth players.
“I think coaching is forever evolving as to is the athlete of the modern age compared to one 20, 30 or 40 years ago – it’s an exciting time.
“I think Basketball Victoria is taking huge steps into being innovators and leading the way for basketball in this country and it’s really huge for me to be a part of this process.”
Victoria Country Women’s High Performance Coach Zoe Carr is a familiar face within Basketball Victoria circles as a five-time gold medallist with Victorian teams. She took her skills and earned an AIS scholarship then joined the senior ranks for a seven-year WNBL career before transitioning into coaching.
She has coached in four gold medal winning teams, including her time as Victoria U20 Women’s Head Coach in 2018, and is currently coaching NBL1 with the Knox Raiders Women.
“It’s a dream come true, I think anybody who has been involved in coaching or involved in the Basketball Victoria pathway would be thrilled to be in this position,” Carr said.
“I’m so grateful and really looking forward to getting started.
“I honestly believe that (her playing career) has led me to where I belong as a coach – being in the coaching space from a Basketball Victoria point of view.
“I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to have an impact on so many young kids on their development and try to help them be the best versions of themselves.
“I really want to get involved with the female side within the Country and give them the support that they need and want to be able to grow our number base in the Country too.”
Victoria Country Men’s High Performance Coach Nathan Cooper-Brown is well known within in elite Victorian basketball circles, as both a player and a coach.
A former NBL development player and Victorian NITP member, Cooper-Brown’s playing experience transitioned into a successful coaching career both within Victorian senior ranks and Australian junior ranks.He has been an assistant coach at the WNBL level and was senior coach in SEABL with Ballarat and now NBL1 with Southern Sabres in 2019.
He’s coached at international tournaments, serving as Australian Under-15 Men’s head coach – winning gold at the 2018 FIBA Oceania Championships – as well as the Australian Crocs assistant coach at the 2018 Asia Cup (winning gold) and 2018 World Cup (finishing sixth).
“It’s incredibly exciting and it’s something that I’ve coveted for a while now and being involved in Victorian basketball,” Cooper-Brown said. “It’s always been a big passion, so to be able to shape the future of it and contribute to its success is something I’m really looking forward to.
“For me it’s about bringing back some things I’ve witnessed in international basketball – latest trends and the ways the game is being played and developed around the world.
“Helping our Country Victorian athletes be able to execute those trends and play the game at a world standard and prepare them for being successful in the highest possible way.”
Victoria Metropolitan Men’s High Performance Coach Ash Arnott is a former Victorian representative – having represented Vic Metro on three occasions including a gold medal at the 2005 Under-18 Championships – and SEABL champion with Dandenong.
Since he started coaching, Arnott has been involved in a number of Basketball Victoria programs and state teams as well as serving as Basketball Victoria’s Interim Victoria Metropolitan High Performance Coach in 2018/19.
“Very excited to be appointed and have been lucky enough to have been in the role the last six or seven months looking after Vic Metro and I’m super ecstatic to be continuing on in the job,” Arnott said.
“There are endless opportunities within this role and I’m really excited that I get to work with all these people and work with such quality players too and their families.
“We all coach in basketball because we love being involved in the game but most importantly we just want to help the kids so whatever is best for the kids.
“My hope is doing whatever we can to help better these kids and find a life within basketball – whether as a player or a coach – we deal with so many players on a grand scale and we’d love as many as possible to go through to the pros or to represent their state or their country.”
Basketball Victoria Operations Manager Grant Wallace said these appointments will grant our High Performance athletes with elite, targeted coaching that will further enhance our program offerings and state team programs.
“After a thorough recruitment process, with many high quality candidates raising their hand for the roles, we believe that we have appointed four exceptional people to lead our State’s High Performance and State Teams Program into the future,” Wallace said.
“Zoe Carr, Ash Arnott, Jenni Screen and Nathan Cooper-Brown are extremely well-respected in our industry, which gives immediate creditability to our expanded program.
“Each of these four coaches possess great basketball knowledge and experience and will provide unbelievable energy to Victorian basketball going forward.
“With the upcoming roll-out of the upgraded High Performance Program, with 10 identified operational Hubs and many more sub-hubs around the state, it is an exciting time for Victorian basketball as we work with our member associations, players and coaches on this journey to keep Victorian basketball at the cutting edge of our sport.”
The four appointed coaches will provide leadership, knowledge and support to Basketball Victoria’s associations, players and fellow coaches throughout Victoria.
They are charged with leading the coaching of the State Development Program, State Team Program and High Performance (Victorian National Performance Program) portfolio for identified Victorian athletes and coaches.
They will enable our elite players and coaches to successfully perform at a national and international level, with each Head Coach to prioritise the development of future Victorian Olympians, Paralympians and World Championship participants.