BASKETBALL Ballarat has wasted little time in finding a replacement for outgoing women's coach Eric Hayes, announcing the appointment of David Herbert as the club's new head coach.
Herbert was the silver-medal winning head coach of the Australian Gems under 18 squad at the 2021 world championships, where the team went down to the United States in the final.
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Chair of the elite teams committee, Cam Moore said the club had been blown away to attract the calibre of applicants it had since the positioned was advertised last month.
"David as a coach has a very strong reputation of being able to develop players and is keen to work with local talent from Ballarat and the Western District," Moore said.
Herbert is the current head of basketball at Western Heights College where he leads a model of learning that provides students with the skills, knowledge and values to shape their future,
"What an exciting opportunity to join the Ballarat Miners," he said
"I am very proud to fill coaching the role after such an amazing club legend Eric Hayes decided to step away.
I have always admired Eric and hope he continues in some way with a club he has helped build and grow over many years.
"The role is an exciting one for me, the infrastructure that Ballarat has put in place, new 3000 seat stadium, gymnasium, on site strength and conditioning staff and physiotherapy, along with the vision (of the board) will see basketball grow and develop in the region"
Ivey said: "David's experience at a national level and as a high-performance coach with Basketball Victoria provides our club with a tremendous level of confidence that he will further develop our program over the next three years," he said.