Presenters added to impressive line-up for 2017 Coaches Conference

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Two highly respected presenters will attend Basketball Australia’s 2017 Coaches Conference from May 2-3 with Rob Beveridge and Donna O’Connor added to the line-up.

Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge will bring a wealth of championship success and knowledge as one of the keynote presenters at the Basketball Australia Coaches Conference to be held at the Centre of Excellence in Canberra next month.

The respected Hawks mentor has enjoyed championship success at all levels of the sport, claiming multiple national titles with New South Wales junior state teams, before leading the Australian Under 19 Men to a FIBA World Championship gold medal in 2003.

Moving to the professional ranks, Beveridge has been one of the competition’s elite coaches for a decade, guiding the Perth Wildcats to the 2010 NBL title and three grand finals, before taking the helm at Illawarra with further play-off success.

Internationally, he was an assistant coach with the Australian Boomers at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has worked in university and professional environments throughout and coached the World Select team at the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit.

Beveridge will present an on-court clinic outlining his full court defensive system, as well as drills and teaching points for coaches as they look to implement a disruptive defensive style of play.

Donna O’Connor is an Associate Professor at The University of Sydney and is internationally renowned for her research and leadership in the fields of sports science and coaching and will present two workshops at the 2017 BA Coaches Conference.

Professor O’Connor has worked extensively in numerous professional sporting environments, including a number of NRL clubs and was the Physiologist for the Australian Opals from 2002 – 2008, including the 2006 FIBA World Championship gold medal campaign.

The respected educator will conduct a keynote presentation on efficient coaching methods, as well as lead one of the “break out” groups on skill acquisition.

In announcing the two new presenters, Basketball Australia Head of High Performance Coach Development Peter Lonergan said both would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge of sport at all levels.

“Donna is regarded internationally for her research and continues to be a leader across many sports in educating coaches and sporting leaders,” Lonergan said.

“Rob is a proven at all levels of our sport and brings great insight in systems and strategies to lead and develop coaches.

“Both presenters have spent more than 15 years around elite sporting environments and that knowledge and passion for sharing will add a new dimension to the Conference,” he added.

Registrations are now being taken for the Conference, which will be held at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra on May 2 and 3, 2017. Interested coaches can register here and for more information, e-mail us.