HEAD COACHES ANNOUNCED FOR UNDER-15 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

HEAD COACHES ANNOUNCED FOR UNDER-15 OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Basketball Australia is pleased to announced Tracy York and Justin Schueller have been appointed as the head coaches for the women's and men's 2018 FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships respectively, the first steps towards the Under-17 World Cups.

The tournament will be held in Papua New Guinea between December 2-8 for the women and December 4-8 for the men.

York comes into the role having devoted more than 30 years to her coaching career which has included SEABL and WNBL head coaching positions, a role as assistant coach for the Australian Sapphires when they won gold at the FIBA Under-17 World Cup two years and a current position as assistant coach for the Adelaide 36ers.

This year, Schueller led the Australian Crocs at the Under-17 World Cup where they placed sixth and he also holds a position in the NBL as assistant coach for Melbourne United.

Under FIBA's new competition structure, both Australian teams now navigate the Oceania and Asian region to qualify for the World Cup.

Finishing in the top two at the FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships against New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Guam and hosts Papua New Guinea will earn them a spot at the Under-16 Asian Championships next year.

They can then qualify for the World Cup by finishing in the top four at that tournament.

"All of Basketball Australia's youth teams now have to negotiate the new process which adds further opportunities for not only our athletes but our coaches as well," said General Manager High Performance, Jan Stirling.

Following a review of the national junior coach pathway, Basketball Australia has assessed the impact of being integrated into the Asian Zone and as a result, a formal performance review process for head coaches will be applied after the Asia Cup campaigns.

"This is important as our head coaches will now be evaluated and reviewed after a tournament in the same way our athletes are," said Stirling.

"We will be able to offer a transparent and authentic approach to the reviews and negate any potential complacency."

Stay tuned for team announcements for the men and women ahead of the FIBA Under-15 Oceania Championships beginning in early December.

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