Farewelling Victorian basketball, after four years in our high performance circles, is Victorian state team head coach Reece Potter.
Potter’s impact on Victorian basketball over the last four years has been exceptional as he’s starred wherever he’s gone.
His resume in Victoria showcases the breadth of talent across the state, with a Big V Championship winning coach for Wyndham (formerly Werribee) as an Australian Junior Championships winning coach and a multiple winner of Basketball Victoria Male Coach of the Year accolades.
He’s packing his bags this week and heading off to New South Wales to become the head coach of the Knox Grammar School’s basketball program.
“For me obviously outside of the role at Wyndham, the opportunity to coach the Victoria Metro Under-18 women for the three years has been an awesome experience and the two championships were great,” Potter said.
“Working with great players, great coaches and being part of what ‘s been a storied and honoured program was an humbling experience.
“2020 wasn’t to be with the nationals and really disappointed for that group as it was an outstanding group and thought the style of play would be exciting and liked the group we put together – was unfortunate to not get to Ballarat.
“From a Wyndham perspective to win the 2019 championship at Big V – the first one for the club at that level – was special.”
He’ll take plenty from his time in Victoria and believed the state’s ongoing success could be attributed to strong associations and incredible competitions inspiring the next generation.
“For me, a lot of the big things that Victoria has is the strength of the associations – the associations are really well run businesses, huge domestic programs and the VJBL is a really strong junior competition. That whole structure in the junior level and competition, rivalries and competitiveness that creates amongst players and coaches drives a lot of the success at the next level.
“It goes through to the state program and high performance and the structure put in place in high performance is second to none, with coaches there, but the one thing is the culture.
“it’s very strong, but the associations are something that drive that next level of success as well.”
Potter wanted to thank those who helped him rise the ranks in Victoria , especially the High Performance coaches at Basketball Victoria who helped him get a foot in the door.
“Just the amount of people I’ve been able to connect with in Victoria has been the best thing I’ve got out of it personally – I know so many great people from my time here,” Potter said.
“I’d like to thank Mike Czepil and the High Performance coaches – Mike got me involved early on and got me in the door, which is always hard as a person to a new area. The mentor coaches – Guy Molloy, Brendan Joyce – were great and at the association level, I’d like to thank Paul Jones and the executive at Wyndham.”
Basketball Victoria High Performance Head Coaches Jenni Screen and Ash Arnott wanted to praise Potter for his incredible efforts and professionalism over his time in the Vic Metro program.
“Reece has made an exceptional impact on the basketball community not only in the west but the Basketball Victoria Vic Metro teams he has coached, guiding our Under-18 girls to win back-to-back national championships in 2018 and 2019,” Screen said. “He has a calm yet influencing manner when he coaches – his detail and care is always on display when with his athletes and coaching staff.
“He always wore the Navy Blue with pride and honour and he will be missed – we wish him all the best and no doubt he will have yet another impact across the border.”
“Reece is an outstanding coach and more importantly an exceptional person,” Arnott said. “He’s always willing to give up his time and knowledge to athletes and coaches and his influence on Victorian athletes and coaches has been profound.
“This was evident in his success with the Victorian Metro teams over the past three years and more recently the huge success of his coaching clinics with Wyndham Basketball Association.
“Thank you for all your contributions to Victorian basketball and we wish him all the best in his new role.”