2016 Victorian State Team Coaching Panels Announced


Following another very successful 2015 National Championships campaign, Basketball Victoria has begun preparations for the 2016 State Program, announcing the 2016 State Coaching Panels.


Grant Wallace, Basketball Victoria’s Operations Manager said, “As is always the case, the level of interest in the positions and quality of applications we received was very high.”


“The 2016 Coaching Panels include players and coaches who have represented Australia at Olympic and World Championship level plus NBA, NBL and WNBL Level. Each Head Coach holds a current Level 2/Association NCAS Accreditation and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program.”


The 2016 Basketball Victoria State Coaching Panel appointments are as follows:


U20 Victorian Women’s Team

Head Coach                   Deanne Butler

Assistant Coach             Katrina Hibbert

Development Coach       Andrew Potter

Selector                        Hannah Lowe

Team Manager              Barbara Evans

Mentor                          Lori Chizik


U20 Victorian Men’s Team

Head Coach                   Trevor Lee

Assistant Coach             Dale Ryan

Assistant Coach             Chris Helliger

Selector                        Michael Czepil

Team Manager              Shelley Reynolds

Mentor                         Mike Kelly


Ivor Burge Victoria Country Women’s Team

Head Coach                  Sarah Huxtable

Assistant Coach             Rhoden Fry

Assistant Coach             Brett Robinson

Team Manager              Simone Carrafa

Mentor                          Phil Shelley


Ivor Burge Victoria Metropolitan Women’s Team

Head Coach                  Sarah Parsons

Assistant Coach             TBA

Assistant Coach             TBA

Team Manager              Kerryn O’Donnell

Mentor                         Norm Ackland


Ivor Burge Victoria Country Men’s Team

Head Coach                    Glen Jordan

Assistant Coach              Amy Moore

Assistant Coach              TBA

Team Manager                Brad Molenkamp

Mentor                           Margaret Sheriff


Ivor Burge Victoria Metropolitan Men’s Team

Head Coach                   Julia Walsh

Assistant Coach              Damian Clarke

Assistant Coach              Ryan Holloway

Development Coach        Michael Paterson

Team Manager               Karen Paterson

Mentor                           Kristen Veal



U18 Victoria Country Women’s Team

Head Coach                    Gerard Hillier

Assistant Coach              Lucas Bourke

Assistant Coach              Emma Henry

Development Coach        Ian Sandiman     

Team Manager               Wendy Campbell

Mentor                          Mike McHugh


U18 Victoria Metropolitan Women’s Team

Head Coach                    Paul Flynn

Assistant Coach              Grant Spencer

Assistant Coach              Nicole Howard

Selector                         Matt Dickens

Team Manager               TBA

Mentor                          Cheryl Chambers


U18 Victoria Country Men’s Team

Head Coach                    Ray Borner

Assistant Coach              Rebel Noter

Assistant Coach              Rob Baker

Development Coach        Ben White

Team Manager               TBA

Mentor                          Owen Hughan


U18 Victoria Metropolitan Men’s Team

Head Coach                    Darren Perry

Assistant Coach              Chris Anstey

Assistant Coach              Daniel Smith

Selector                         Tim Rapp

Team Manager               Mark Sainsbery

Mentor                           Simon Mitchell


U16 Victoria Country Women’s Team

Head Coach                    Joe Turner

Assistant Coach              Matt Holmes

Assistant Coach              Lisa Townsend

Development Coach        David Elhage

Team Manager               Mary-Ann Barton

Mentor                          Bernie Harrower



U16 Victoria Metropolitan Women’s Team

Head Coach                    Samantha Thornton

Assistant Coach              Zoe Carr

Assistant Coach              Alan McAughtry

Selector                         Rob Baldwin

Team Manager               TBA

Mentor                          Allison Tranquili


U16 Victoria Country Men’s Team

Head Coach                    Lucas Allen

Assistant Coach              Brad Crole

Assistant Coach              Nathan Cooper-Brown

Development Coach        Andrew Hack

Team Manager               TBA

Mentor                          Ben Harvey


U16 Victoria Metropolitan Men’s Team

Head Coach                    Rob Coulter

Assistant Coach              Dominic Linossier

Assistant Coach              Andrew Lim

Selector                         Lucas Kotros

Team Manager               Leighton Lewis

Mentor                          Mark Landells


The 2016 Australian Junior Championship dates and venues were announced by Basketball Australia last month and will tip off in February (14th – 20th) with the Under 20 and Ivor Burge Championships in Ipswich, Queensland. The Under 18 Championships will follow in April (16th – 23rd) in Forestville, South Australia and the year will be rounded out with the Under 16 Championships, at home in Victoria, hosted by Kilsyth Basketball from the 2nd – 9th July.


Preparations for the Under 20 and Ivor Burge programs will commence next month with trials being held and the younger age groups will commence their campaigns later in the year.


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