COUNTRY Victorian basketball is in mourning following the sudden passing of basketball legend Joe Brouns.
He was a basketball institution throughout country Victoria, Gippsland and especially at Brouns’ beloved Morwell Basketball Association.
The sort of man you could build an association around, Joe’s impact on the sport can be measured by the young basketballers who he gave opportunities to at Morwell, as he helped them thrive at local tournaments and Country Champs to give it their all.
Then there is the incredible amount of stellar juniors and elite senior players that have come through the ranks under his watchful eye. Just as importantly, you can see the amount of phenomenal people who have flourished just as much off the court due to his guidance and support.
Joe was also a important part of regional Big V as he served both Latrobe and Southern Peninsula in various coaching roles.
Always one to put his hand up for any task, Brouns was a regular at BVC Skills Days, Academies, NITP, Country Championships and also a state assistant coach.
As a player he flourished for Gippsland sides in SEABL and his passion for the game was passed down to his children as Tayler and Frazar have both played at an elite level for Victoria Country as well as MUVJBL, Big V and CBL.
Basketball Victoria Country Commission chair Bill Jeffs said the loss of Joe Brouns will echo across all of Victorian country basketball.
“This is tragic news for Joey’s family and the many significant and varied basketball connections Joe has made over his many years of involvement,” Jeffs said. “He is a legend of Morwell basketball, along with his great mate Marty, of Gippsland basketball and of Country Vic as a whole.
“His passion for the game and support to Morwell Basketball Association in particular has been incredible – he was a great bloke and one of the great identities of basketball across the state.
“We offer our sympathy and deep condolences to Colleen, Tayler and Frazar and the rest of the family in this time of mourning.
“This is a loss for so many people throughout our sport and he’ll be missed.”
Vale Joe Brouns.