EVEN a Victorian cold snap couldn’t deter the best of country Victoria’s coaching community arriving in Traralgon for an elite lesson in coaching.
It’s not often the big league comes to town, especially when that town, Traralgon, 160km away in the heart of Gippsland.
But the country basketball community comes out in droves for any event, from Lakes Entrance to Southern Peninsula, Orbost to Mildura, there were plenty of familiar coaching faces in the stands.
You usually can’t pay for an experience like this, but the 108 country basketball coaches had the NBL Blitz Elite Coaching Clinic brought to their doorstep… for free.
With our Country NITP squad on hand to run the drills, Australian Boomers and Brisbane Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis, Illawarra Hawks head coach Rob Beveridge, Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson and Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerman brought their expertise to an eager coaching crew from around the state.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Vickerman, returning to his Gippsland roots to be part of the NBL Blitz Elite Coaching Clinic.
Basketball Victoria Country general manager David Huxtable said the Elite Coaching Clinic, was a resounding endorsement of country Victoria’s receptiveness to high-calibre events and the importance of bringing the sport to all points of Victoria.
“It’s amazing to have these NBL head coaches assist us in putting together the NBL Blitz Elite Coaching Clinic,” Huxtable said. “Getting elite basketball minds to give their time and energy to the grassroots basketball community in country Victoria is rare in sport, but basketball’s best made it happen.
“We thank the head coaches, the NBL and Latrobe City Council for their support and especially to all 108 eager coaches who registered and attended the event.
“We’re excited to see the NBL Blitz tip off tomorrow (Thursday 7 September) and have all eight NBL teams bring their best to Traralgon.”