Junior Coaching 2021

The West Adelaide Bearcats are pleased to announce our U12-18 Division 1 coaching line-up for the 2021 season. More detail about each of the coaches is below.

 

We will announce our coaches for Under 10s and other U12-18 divisions prior to Christmas and will also advise players of their initial squad placement and training start times for January 2021.

 

NEW CLUB COACHING MENTORS

 

Peter Ali and David Spear are both Bearcats’ Hall of Fame members and each have been either playing or coaching at West for over 50 years, including our Under 18 Boys Division 1 teams for many years. They have decided to get slightly earlier Friday nights and step into a new, broader role with the club in 2021. Peter and David will be working with our junior coaches in a mentoring and development role to help pass on their wealth of knowledge to our up and coming coaches. Thanks to Peter and David for their amazing contributions to the club already and we look forward to working with you in your new role.

 

2021 DIVISION 1 COACHES

 

Girls

U12: Amy Porter

U14: Karen Winter

U16: Morgan Treloar

U18: Sarah Turnbull

 

Boys

U12: Dion Grieger

U14: Brendan Mann and Blake Soares

U16: Anthony Azzopardi

U18: Jimmy Alexander

 

2021 Coaches: NEW UNDER 18 LEADERS | The West Adelaide Bearcats are excited to welcome Sarah Turnbull to the club to coach our Under 18 Division 1 Girls. Sarah brings many years of experience having taken taking teams to the National Junior Classics multiple times and, through her involvement in the Basketball SA’s High Performance program, winning multiple medals at National Championships as an assistant coach. Sarah is currently the assistant coach of the Under 16 SA Metro Girls. Sarah takes over from Joe Noone, who will focus on his Head Coaching role with our NBL1 Central Women. Welcome to the Bearcats Sarah!

 

On the boy’s side Jimmy Alexander will coach our Under 18 Division 1 team. Jimmy moved to West earlier this year as our Under 16 and 18 Coaching Director and Player Development Officer. Jimmy has previously won State Champs as a coach and brings a wealth of basketball experience, a genuine passion for the game and a desire to bring out the best in every player. Jimmy has many years of experience in the Basketball SA High Performance program and is currently the assistant coach for the Under 18 SA Metro Boys.

 

2021 Coaches: UNDER 16s | We would like to officially welcome Anthony Azzopardi to the club. Anthony has been helping already this season with the boy’s program and will coach our Under 16 Division 1 Boys in 2021 and brings experience as a head coach in both Under 16s and 18s. Anthony has also been an assistant coach at Premier League level and a part of Basketball SA’s High Performance coaching network, most recently as a development coach with the SA Under 18 Boys Metro team. Welcome aboard Anthony!

We also welcome back Morgan Treloar to coach our Under 16 Division 1 Girls. Morgan will continue to build on the large improvements made this year with our Under 16 girls program, Morgan’s list of achievements continues to grow with multiple medals as part of SA Metro coaching teams and most recently her selection as one of three young SA coaches into the Inaugural Emerging Coach Initiative being run by Basketball Australia.

 

2021 Coaches: UNDER 14s | The Bearcats are delighted to announce that Brendan Mann will coach our Under 14 Division 1 Boys team in 2021. A former world champion player as a junior and a 177-game NBL veteran, Brendan provides an enormous amount of basketball playing and coaching experience for our program. Brendan has previously coached Premier League and consulted for FIBA, and is currently a part of the Basketball SA High Performance coaching network. He will lead the Under 14 Boys program at the upcoming Adelaide Invitational Challenge.

 

We would also like to welcome Blake Soares to the club who will be working closely with Brendan in the Under 14 Boys program. Blake is a former State player himself and has most recently coached Under 14 Division 1s at Sturt in 2019. Welcome to the Bearcats Blake!

 

On the girls side, we are pleased to announce that Karen Winter will continue as Under 14 Division 1 coach. Karen is a former Division 1 junior and senior player and has previously won State Champs as a junior coach and has also been a coach in previous Basketball SA High Performance Programs.

 

2021 Coaches: UNDER 12s | Dion Grieger returns to continue the great work he has done over the past few years with the Under 12 program on both the boys and girls’ side. Dion played all his junior basketball with West and went on to captain and then coach the Premier League team. He has also been developing his coaching skills over the last 18 months as part of the Adelaide Lightning Coaching Staff. Dion will coach the Under 12 Boys Division 1 team.

 

Another West Adelaide Life Member, Amy Porter, will coach the Under 12 Girls Division 1 team. Amy started playing basketball for West Adelaide at age nine and continued all the way through to play Premier League. Amy has done an amazing job developing our Under 12 girls over the past three years teaching them the importance of fundamental skills and team concepts. Amy is also currently part of the Basketball SA High Performance coaching network and will be working with the girl’s program at the Adelaide Invitational Challenge in January.

 

It’s not too late to register your interest to play for West Adelaide in 2021. Please contact our Junior Development Officers for more info: Dion Grieger (0432 974 536) or Jimmy Alexander (0429 059 224)

INTERESTED IN COACHING? 

The West Adelaide Basketball Club is always interested in current and potential coaches to be involved with our junior and youth league coaching programs. Interest is welcome for boys and girls teams (Under 10 to Youth League). 

An Expression of Interest form can be downloaded here: Bearcats Coaching 2021 (Word) 

Coaches at West Adelaide should:

  • Provide a dynamic and engaging learning environment for their team

  • Implement the club’s curriculum and skills development program

  • Attend coaching development workshops run by the club and other club functions

  • Provide regular communication with players and parents

  • Complete registration paperwork including Police Clearance, Play by the Rules and Code of Ethics

 

In addition, Age Group Head coaches (Division 1 coaches) are expected to:

  • Maintain oversight of all teams and coaches within the age group 

  • Attend or assist with lower division trainings on an agreed regular basis

  • Provide coaches within the age group additional support and guidance with the implementation of the concepts and skills within the club curriculum.

 

All coaches will have additional support of our Junior Coaching Directors. Coaching positions are for 12 months and initial squad trainings for some 2021 age groups will commence from October 2020 and run concurrently with the current season. 

 

Future Leaders Coaching Program
We are excited to announce the launch of the club’s Future Leaders coaching program. The aim of this program is to develop coaches who have the passion and desire to be an elite level coach and run a Division 1 program one day or to be a Basketball SA High Performance coach. Coaches who are accepted into the Future Leaders program will coach a team of their own in Division 2 or 3 and will receive additional training and mentoring from the club’s Mentor Coaches.

 

Assistant Coach
These roles are ideal for those coaches who are unable to commit to a full-time coaching role but would still like to be involved. We have a variety of assistant coaching options ranging from those with coaching experience right through to those who are just starting their coaching journey or would just like to help the club. 

 

Parent Coach
The club relies significantly on the support of parents to help take on many of our junior coaching roles. If you are interested in coaching but do not have the time to coach another team which your child does not play in then this might be the option for you. After teams have been selected, we will appoint parent coaches into any vacant positions. Note that for Division 1 and 2 teams on Friday nights the club intends to appoint non-parent coaches wherever possible and practical providing they are suitably qualified.

 

Mentor Coach
The club will appoint a number of mentor coaches to commence in 2021. These coaches will support the Junior Coaching Directors and provide mentoring and guidance to our junior coaches. Those in our Future Leaders program will each be assigned a dedicated mentor coach who will work with you throughout the season. Our mentor coaches will all have head coaching experience at State, Premier League or WNBL/NBL level.

 

Please refer any questions to our Coaching Directors:

  • Under 10/12/14 - Dion Grieger (tel 0432 974 536, email dagrieger@gmail.com)

  • Under 16/18 - Jimmy Alexander (tel 0429 059 224, email jamesalexander824@gmail.com)

  • Youth League - Roger Stankovic (tel 0427 221 157, email rogerstankovic316@gmail.com)