Bendigo Bank Spirit star and Australian Opals squad member Kelsey Griffin has been appointed assistance coach of the Young Lady Braves.
The Young Lady Braves are the development team for the Champions IGA Lady Braves in the SEABL competition.
Griffin, who won her fourth straight Spirit MVP this season will join Cameron Wilkosz as the team’s assistants, said she is excited about joining the team, headed by coach and former Spirit player Megan Moody who will be in charge of the team for the second straight season and is fresh off a CBL championship in January.
“It’s my first official team coaching job and I’m really excited to be working with such talent as Jessie Rennie, Madi Sexton and Ahlise Hurst who really are the future of the Lady Braves program, for many years to come,” the 29 year old former Alaskan said.
“I have been really impressed by what I have seen so far. There is so much talent in this team and they work so hard.
“I can’t wait to learn from Megan who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and to bring what I can to the setup.”
Griffin spent five years in the WNBA with the Connecticut Sun, after being picked at number three in the 2010 draft.
Griffin became an Australian citizen in front of a packed Bendigo Stadium crown in November 2015, and spent the off season promoting the Spirit and Bendigo basketball, rather than returning to the WNBA.
“I didn’t think I would ever be a coach, but making Bendigo my home has really ignited my coaching fire,” she said.
“I have been lucky enough to have access to some great programs and coaches over the past couple of years and I have learnt a lot.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I am sure I can add value to the club and the team.”
Moody said Griffin’s appointment gave the players, and her, access to a great basketball brain.
“She hasn’t just played in America and the WNBL, but has also played in Hungary and the Euroleague, so her experience will be more than valuable,” she said.
“Anyone who has seen Kelsey on court knows how hard she works and how she thinks about the game.
“Having her on board is a great way to continue to develop basketball at all levels in Bendigo.”
The Young Lady Braves head to Dandenong this weekend to take on arch rivals Ballarat in the opening game of the Big V Youth League Championship season which will coincide with the Big V senior pre-season tournament.
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