ST-MAURICE BACK FOR SECOND SEASON WITH FLAMES
Townsville Basketball is please to announce Mike St-Maurice has been re-appointed as head coach of the A.Gabrielli Constructions Flames for the 2018 QBL season. He will return for his second season at the helm of the team which returned to the quarter finals in 2017 with ambitions to go all the way to the top in 2018.
St-Maurice lead the team to a fifth placed finished in 2017 with a 12-5 win-loss record which earned the team a trip to Gladstone for the quarter finals where they fell short against a classy Gladstone in a game they were without MVP Centre Darcee Garbin.
“With the roster we are putting together at the moment, we hope to improve on our 2017 finish and bring a title back to Townsville in 2018. 2017 was a great learning experience for me in coaching for the first time at the senior level, I think our fans will see a very different Flames group next season in the personnel we have on the floor and the style we will be able to play” offered St-Maurice.
“Last season we had the chance to provide increased responsibility to so many of our talented junior athletes who are graduating to senior basketball and I hope to continue that in 2018. Haylee Andrews and Majella Carey both stood up last season and stamped their place as legitimate players in the QBL, next year we will see another group of young athletes come through and contribute for this team”.
The Flames boasted the roster with the most home grown talent in the QBL last season with only 3 players on the roster developed outside of the Townsville junior system. A figure that is a testament to the hard work at the grass roots level to provide a pathway for our athletes.
Townsville Basketball General Manager Greg Vanderjagt shared his pleasure with St-Maurices return and excitement for 2018.
“Mike did a terrific job as a rookie head coach in the QBL last season, his technical knowledge is the best amongst the QBL women’s coaches and had we not lost Darcee to World University Games commitments last season I truly believe our Flames group would be standing with our Heat as QBL champions. Mike is extremely dedicated, knowledgeable and committed to the continued development of our program”.
“The challenge now is to build on a successful 2017 and take the program to another level. We have lofty goals for our QBL program and attaining these is not easy. Mike is working hard to put a group together which can achieve what we set out to do and I’m confident when we tip off in 2018 the Flames will be a legitimate contender”.
The Flames will commence their pre-season in early 2018 with the QBL draw expected to be released before Christmas this year.
For more information please contact Townsville Basketball General Manager, Greg Vanderjagt on 0421 631 587.