Former Miners coach to take reins of New Zealand’s women’s basketball team

Former Ballarat Miners coach Guy Molloy has landed the head coaching job with New Zealand’s women’s basketball team.

Molloy will now head a Commonwealth Games campaign that will see him coach against the highly-fancied Australia.

Molloy said the Opals, who he was an assistant coach for from 1990-94, always prove a tough challenge, even more so on home soil when the Games begin in April on the Gold Coast.

“The Opals will be going hard for gold, particularly at home," Molloy told stuff.co.nz.

TOP JOB: Former Ballarat Miners coach Guy Molloy will lead New Zealand's women's basketball team at the Commonwealth Games.

TOP JOB: Former Ballarat Miners coach Guy Molloy will lead New Zealand's women's basketball team at the Commonwealth Games.

"Any first tournament for a coach with a new team is a great way to establish your gamestyle and a great way to talent ID and instil the values you want to have.

“I want to get off to a great start and want to build our culture. We want to hit that tournament at full steam”

Molloy spent three years in the Miners system, departing at the end of 2012.

Molloy is coach of the Melbourne Boomers in the Australian WNBL. He also led the Australian under-17 men's team to a silver medal at the junior FIBA World Cup in 2012.