ASSOCIATION HIRES COACHING FIREPOWER
THE Cockburn Basketball Association is on a mission to develop some of the best young players in the State and they have hired just the man to help them do it.
State under-16 boys coach Tyrone Thwaites has gone back to his grassroots, taking on the role of coaching and player pathways leader at Cockburn’s Hamilton Hill base.
Thwaites said athlete and player development was a fulfilling area to work in and he was excited to be able to lead such a program at his home club.
“I’ve recognised that our junior development program needs to take a new direction, some more leadership and a bit of a shake-up,” he said.
“On our girls’ side, participation and retention of athletes is so important; it’s been an area we have been struggling in and has been a priority since I’ve been involved.
“Also the overall identity of our junior program has probably not been at the level we would have liked for a few years now, so we’ve worked to develop our own coaching philosophy and style of play that is uniquely Cockburn to give our athletes the best chance to reach their goals.”
Thwaites said he and his team were already seeing positive signs from their programs.
“We’ve got our under-12/under14 development program up and running now and we have nearly 120 athletes in those two age groups alone, which sets a great foundation for our WABL program,” he said.
“We’re pretty close to finalising an agreement with both Andy Stewart and the Zealous basketball program that allows our elite under-14, under-16 and under-18 athletes to thrive in an environment together.”
When all was said and done, he said the biggest goal was to get more children playing basketball.
“Basketball offers something more than just skill development,” he said.
“It builds social interaction, discipline, confidence.”
Coach Jake Harris, Meaghan Varian, coaches Kieran O’'Connor and Nicole Roberts, Max Dimmock, Chace Nuku, head coach Tyrone Thwaites and Daniel Sgro.