FORMER Ballarat Miners head coach Guy Molloy will lead the Women’s National Basketball League team Bulleen Boomers.
Molloy was appointed this week as Boomers coach, replacing Tom Maher who resigned early this month to coach the Chinese national women’s basketball team.
This is Molloy’s first foray into coaching women’s basketball since 1996 when he coached WNBL team Perth Breakers.
He has also been assistant coach in two Australian Opals world championship campaigns.
Molloy quit the Miners and his role as Ballarat Basketball elite programs manager in late December to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters.
On his resignation, Molloy definitively ruled out joining a rival Melbourne club in the South East Australian Basketball League.
Molloy said he also had other offers to leave Melbourne, but these would have counteracted his decision to leave Ballarat.
Bulleen, one of three national league clubs in Melbourne, fits well.
“It fell into place, really,” Molloy said.
“I really respect Bulleen as a club. Some real champions of the sport have played there and there are great people about the club.
“... It’s a brand new adventure for me.”
"I had a desire to be in Melbourne, it is a really good fit for me, and the reaction of the club has been really strong.”
Molloy has a full-time job coaching the Australian College of Basketball at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and said he had enough time in the evenings and on weekends to coach an elite team.
He is not new to Bulleen. Molloy has helped in guest coaching spots and has worked with the likes of Ballarat Rush import Alice Kunek and former Ballarat Lady Miner Rachel Jarry.
Molloy has “hit the ground running” with recruitment in the middle of a free-agency period and looked forward to settling his roster and really getting started.