The Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) has appointed Joel Khalu as BFPNG Executive Officer.
“[BFPNG] is very happy to introduce Joel Khalu as the new Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea Executive Officer. This appointment is part of a greater effort to improve basketball in Papua New Guinea as a whole. Khalu will be working very closely with national team coaches and the [BFPNG] board to ensure Papua New Guinea can take that next step on the worlds stage,” said Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea President, Nick Daroa.
Khalu has a wealth of experience both as a player and a coach. As a player Khalu attended the Waukesha Technical College in Wisconsin and played in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) winning 3 championships in 9 years. As a coach and administrator he has spent time coaching at all levels of Australia basketball including: junior state representation, QBL and even the NBL. Khalu has spent the last five years with the Mackay Meteors in a coaching and administration capacity, the last three of which he served as the Meteors QBL men’s head coach.
"The five years here have been fantastic but it's time now to take the next step and keep progressing on my own pathway of coaching and administration”, he said
Having served as the PNG men’s national team coach since 2013 Khalu is no stranger to basketball in PNG. Most recently, the PNG Men’s team finished 4that the 2015 FIBA Oceania Pacific Games Tournament. This was the highest placing in the history of this tournament for the Papua New Guinea Men’s National Team.
“These are exciting times ahead for Basketball in Papua New Guinea. We saw what Khalu brings to the table during last years Pacific Games. The success he was able to achieve at these games is a telling indicator of things to come,” said FIBA in Oceania Executive Director, David Crocker.
This appointment is made possible through a joint initiative between FIBA in Oceania and BFPNG to develop the capacity of basketball in Papua New Guinea.
“[BFPNG] is very thankful for the assistance we have received from FIBA in Oceania and more specifically the Hoops for Health program FIBA established in PNG in 2006. Without this program and the support of FIBA this new appointment would not have been possible,” Daroa added.