Veal to head Centre of Excellence Women’s program

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Basketball Australia is delighted to advise that Kristen Veal has accepted the position as head coach of Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) women’s program at the AIS.

Expected to take up the role in October, Veal has a wealth of experience across many facets of elite basketball programs.

As an athlete, Veal’s development was accelerated when she earned an AIS scholarship which saw her represent Australia as a junior and with the Opals.

She enjoyed a 20-year career in the WNBL, WNBA and Europe before moving into coaching in the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) in 2007 as well as being involved at various levels of coaching including as an assistant coach at the CoE in 2014 and at the World University Games in 2015.

As the High Performance Manager (Metropolitan) at Basketball Victoria, Veal enhanced her management, co-ordination and evaluation skills to an exemplary level.

Basketball Australia is grateful to Basketball Victoria for their commitment to Veal’s development and are working together to ensure her transition to the CoE is timely while completing her projects at Basketball Victoria.

“The experiences that Kristen has gained throughout the development pathway is a credit to various stakeholders and in particular Basketball Victoria,” said Basketball Australia General Manager High Performance, Jan Stirling.

“Despite losing a highly valuable staff member, Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey has supported Kristen and it this type of collaboration that can make our system great.

“Kristen’s level of understanding of the fundamental skills, physical attributes and mental resilience needed to successfully compete in elite international competition is exceptional.

“This will enable her to educate, teach, guide and critique athletes at the CoE as they aspire to acquire attributes deemed necessary to become an Opal.

“The CoE residential program requires all athletes to be accountable to their academic responsibilities and study commitments.

“In many ways this remains a compelling component for which Veal has great awareness and respect as she has lived this part of the journey.”

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey was equally effusive about Veal.

“Kristen will leave Basketball Victoria having made a significant impact on our High Performance Program,” said Honey.

“We are very proud of the work Kristen has done and we wish her all the very best in her new role at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence. ”