BALLARAT Miners have called on two South East Australian Basketball League legends to lead the club to new heights.
Bendigo Braves great David Flint has been appointed to the vacant head coach role, with Miners champion Eric Hayes locked in as his assistant.
The Miners had been on the hunt for a replacement for Guy Molloy, who resigned from the top job in December last year. Flint is their man.
“It’s a privilege that (the Miners) have the faith in me to get things done, and I have no question that things can get done around here,” Flint said after meeting the players at training last night.
“It’s great to get back with a club that has so much rich history, and they are, to me, throughout the years SEABL has been going, by far the most successful club.”
Flint said it was a huge plus to have Hayes on board.
“I love the way he played and I know he and I can work very closely together,” he said.
The 50-year-old arrives in Ballarat boasting an outstanding career as a coach and player with the Miners’ arch-rival. He is Bendigo’s all-time leader in games played, rebounds, blocks, assists and steals, and led the Braves to their first championship in 1988 as a playing coach.
Flint’s impact on the SEABL is just as great, having been selected in the Team of the Decade for 1980-89 as a player and 1990-99 as the head coach. Flint has six years’ coaching experience at the Australian Junior National Championships, including three as head coach of the under-18 men’s team, in which several Miners have played.
Hayes’ name is synonymous with Ballarat basketball.
He is the all-time leader for SEABL games played, and holds the same record at the Miners, where he is a leader for points, assists and steals.
Hayes sits in the SEABL top 10 for points, assists, rebounds and steals, and was inducted into the 2000s Team of the Decade.
“There is no doubt I have a desire to coach the Miners at some stage, however right now the timing is not right for me or my family,” Hayes said.
“When David asked me to be involved as an assistant I jumped at it, as I have so much respect for what he has achieved and thought what better way for me to further my coaching career with this great club.
“I will fully support him where I can.”