FIBA Global Coaches clinic

In conjunction with the Oceania 2015 Championships, FIBA and the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC), a global coaches clinic aimed at coaches of all levels will be conducted at Caulfield Grammar School on Thursday August 13.

Held from 7pm-9pm, the clinic will feature the heads of the Boomers, Opals, Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns. Andrej Lemanis is the current head coach of the Australian Boomers, having taken over the reins in April 2013. 

Prior to that appointment, Lemanis took the New Zealand Breakers to three consecutive Championships from 2011-13 in the NBL, winning Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

He also served alongside Brett Brown at the 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympics before taking on the role of full-time head coach of the Australian men’s program.

Brendan Joyce has been a part of the Australian basketball landscape since 1979, playing in 289 games over 13 NBL seasons before coaching 400 NBL games with the Wollongong Hawks and Gold Coast Blaze. He won NBL’s Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2001, leading him to a position with the Opals.

Joyce served as assistant coach from 2001-09 which included the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics where the Opals won silver.

In between those tournaments, Australia also won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and Joyce has already won a medal since being appointed as head coach in May 2013, placing third at the 2014 World Championships in Turkey.

From New Zealand, Paul Henare was named the head coach of the Tall Blacks in March 2015, ascending from the role of assistant coach which he held from 2013-15.

As a player, Henare was honoured by becoming the first ever Breakers player to have their jersey retired.

Kennedy Kereama reached the position of head coach for the Tall Ferns at just 26 years of age while developing his skills at Albury-Wodonga in the South East Australian Basketball League as well as with the West Coast Waves and Perth Lynx in the WNBL.

The four coaches will all be in Melbourne in the lead-up to the opening match of the FIBA Oceania Championship between Australia and New Zealand which will be held at Rod Laver Arena on August 15.

Coaches can register for the clinic by visiting with payment to be made upon arrival on the night.

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