McKinnon announce 2018 senior head coaches

19.09.2017

McKinnon Cougars are excited about its Championship Coaching line up for the 2018 season. With Dillon Stith & Dondray Walker returning for the men and Ariel Thomas for the Women, the teams are in a solid position.

We welcome back Justin Nelson to the Men’s Head Coaching role for 2018. After a successful 2017 campaign, which saw us narrowly miss out on semi-finals, Justin has been busy building for next year. Justin recently had this to say about his second year at McKinnon:

“It’s great to be back with the McKinnon Cougars, it is such a well administered club with a genuine passion for developing junior players with a view to providing them with opportunities across the senior and youth programs in the Big V. Last season was a real learning curve for us all with a largely new squad assembled, but the great news is the bulk of the team will be back again and I’m really looking forward to seeing the team improve beyond our early finals exit last season. We have plenty of work ahead of us, but it’s a committed group of players who are a lot more familiar with each other now, so we’ll get back to business soon and see what we can achieve in a second season together. Personally, I really enjoyed my first year with the Cougars and I’m looking forward to working alongside our new Big V coaches and pushing for continued success for everyone at McKinnon.”

We are excited about the appointment of Paul O’Brien to the Women’s Head Coach role. Paul brings a wealth of experience to the program having started his coaching in the 1980’s and has already been very proactive in building a roster around the existing players. His WNBL & SEABL experience and contacts were important in his recruitment and we strongly believe his approach is just what the program needs for the 2018 season and onwards. Paul has this to say about his recent appointment.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to lead the McKinnon Lady Cougars into the 2018 State Championship Women’s competition. With a core group of players available to return and the prospect of some exciting additions to the team, I am really looking forward to the opening of pre-season on Monday November 13. The program is well-positioned to continue its prominence in this competition and to return to the final series for the first time since 2014. The resigning of American point guard, Ariel Thomas, for the 2018 season is the first step to achieving the goal of finals basketball and will be joined by many exciting announcements over the next few weeks. The Cougar Den will be a happening place for women’s basketball next year with Nathan Geer leading the Youth League Women’s program and the Lady Cougars keen to take giant strides. The Cougar is ready to prowl!’’

It is opportune time to thank Bianca White for her dedication, hard work and commitment to the senior program and we look forward to her continued involvement albeit no longer as Head Coach.

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