Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the coaching staff for the national Under-17 men’s and women’s teams who will compete in the new FIBA Asia Championship to qualify for the 2019 World Championships.

Shannon Seebohm will again lead the Sapphires while Justin Schueller has been named the head coach of the Crocs.

After claiming Australia’s first ever gold medal at the 2016 World Championships, the Sapphires have retained Head Coach Shannon Seebohm from Basketball NSW.

Assistant Coach Mark Wrobel was also on the coaching staff of their 2016 team and he will be joined by Melissa Downer, a former Centre of Excellence coach and current State Performance Manager at Basketball Queensland.

“I’d like to thank Basketball Australia for having the faith in me to go around with the team again,” said Seebohm.

“I’m really happy to get the position again and I am looking forward to the opportunity to defend our World Championship.”

As the Sapphires look to recreate their history breaking efforts from 2016, Seebohm is not feeling the pressure of expectations.

“There’s only the pressure we put on ourselves. We are aiming to be high achievers and advance through the Asia qualifiers and then into the medal rounds and from there, we will see what happens.”

The Crocs former Assistant Coach, Justin Schueller (Basketball Victoria), will take over the top duties ahead of the FIBA Asia Championship with David Ingham (Basketball SA) and Nathan Cooper-Brown (Basketball Victoria) named as assistant coaches.

“I am honoured and humbled to have the opportunity to coach the Australian Under-17 men and build on the great success of this program,” said Schueller.

“It has been a goal for a long time and I feel privileged to represent my country and follow two coaches that led the program to silver medals."

While Australia will be experiencing a new qualification system, Schueller is embracing the test.

“Qualifying through Asia is a new challenge for us, but one that’s exciting to be a part of.

“Our Australian trademarks of mateship, toughness and resilience is what I envisage our group to be known for, and we will look to play a style of play that has proven successful on the World stage.”

The Under-17 women’s FIBA Asia Championships will be hosted in India from October 22-28 while the men’s FIBA Asia Championships will be held in either October and November with a location to be announced by FIBA in the coming months.