When you get the opportunity to step up to the next level as a coach, you take it. Which is exactly what Grovedale Pistons Director of Coaching and Junior Stingrays Coach Dan Coles has done. Appointed as a Country Victoria Australian Junior Country Cup Assistant Coach, Coles week went from good to great as the Goldminers went on to win the Gold Medal 94-78 against South Australia. "It was an amazing experience to be able to work with some of the top U16 boys in the Vic Country system," Coles said. "The whole experience was both exhilarating but humbling at the same time."

The Australian Junior Country Cup serves as a component of the selection process for the Country Victoria Under 16 State Team. "I was very privileged to be associated with a team that was oozing talent and really bought into the systems that VC put into play," Coles said. "After every game you could feel the belief of the group grow that they could win the gold medal."

Like players, coaches look upon representing their state not only for the experience, but for the chance to be able to bring back new skills to their domestic and representative teams. "As an assistant coach, I took away a lot of new plays and sets which I can now teach to club and Stingrays teams," Coles said. "In addition, I can take a new professional approach to coaching whether it be training, on court demeanor, player welfare and over all importance of team belief."

"I will definitely be trying to get selected again next year as I think it's such a good learning experience for all coaches to be apart off," Coles said.

The Corio Bay Basketball Association would like to congratulate Dan on his achievements and wish him the best of luck in the upcoming VJBL and CBBA seasons.


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