FORMER Perth Wildcats junior and Perth Breakers women’s general manager Lukas Carey is Ballarat Basketball’s new director of coaching.
Carey has been appointed to the role – a modified version of the elite performance job vacated by Guy Molloy last year – for 2013 and 2014.
Ballarat Basketball chief executive officer Peter Eddy said Carey’s role was designed to fill the gap in coaching education for elite program and association competition coaches, and offering support to the senior men’s and women’s programs.
This will include development of an online database for coaching advice.
Ballarat Basketball started its coaching re-structure after the departure of Miners head coach and elite programs manager Guy Molloy in December.
Eddy said it was important to first fill the senior men’s head role, with David Flint overseeing the men’s South East Australian Basketball League, development league and under-18 programs.
Peter Cunningham was appointed to a mirror role in the women’s Rush programs in March and Miners’ captain Matt Hanson had undertaken a development role with players and teams in the Ballarat Representative Program.
All that was left was specialist expertise for supporting coaches.
Eddy said the coaching re-structuring at the Minerdome had taken time but it was important to get it right.
“We don’t just want to provide pathways for players. Coaches are just as important, whether that’s with representative or Country Victoria teams or in our elite teams,” Eddy said.
“Our elite coaches also still need someone to challenge them to get better ...We’re really happy. It’s been a long process and challenging time but we feel we’ve got a really good structure.”
Ballarat Basketball has been working closely with Carey before formalising his appointment, to ensure the part-time role will maximise effectiveness.
Carey has a demanding full-time role as the City of Ballarat sport and recreation manager.
He arrives in Ballarat after three years as Bendigo Lady Braves’ head coach and director of coaching.