Boomers Coaching team named for Japan Qualifier

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Basketball Australia today announced the coaching team for the Boomers World Cup Qualification games to be held in Japan in February.

Boomers Olympic Coach Brian Goorjian will hand the reigns of Head Coach to Rob Beveridge for the qualifier as he believes he is the right fit for the team.

Brian said “There is no doubt for me that Rob’s international experience and his extensive work developing emerging talent will be integral to our success in Japan. He’ll be well supported by Mike and Robbie who have a great understanding of the elite emerging talent in the NBL.”

Rob Beveridge has significant international coaching experience and is looking forward taking the helm for the qualifier.

Rob said “being appointed as Head Coach for the Boomers has been a life time goal, albeit just for this small window and for this I am extremely grateful.”

“Representing your country is the ultimate honour and to be given an opportunity to lead the Boomers against Chinese Taipei and Japan is an absolute privilege.  I sincerely want to thank Basketball Australia and Brian Goorjian for their belief that I can lead our country during this FIBA Window.”

“I am sure that our coaching staff, support staff and the team that we assemble in these very trying times will represent the Boomers with distinction and do everyone proud.”

Rob will be joined by Mike Kelly (Wildcats Assistant Coach) and Robbie McKinlay (Head Coach at the Centre of Excellence) who have a deep understanding of the suitability of a highly talented pool of athletes in particular those that have previously played internationally for Australia. Completing the coaching team will be Australian Shawn Dennis, currently Head Coach of the club Nagoya Diamond Dolphins in the Japanese B. League.

For previous FIBA qualifiers the NBL have applied a weekend “bye for the league” however the re-scheduling of so many games due to COVID has made this option unviable for February. The NBL are working closely with Basketball Australia to ensure we have the best representation of players in Japan.

The FIBA qualifiers will be held in Okinawa, Japan.

Games Schedule

25 February       Australia v Chinese Taipei
26th February   Australia v Japan
28 February       Australia v Chinese Taipei