SLAMMERS STUNNED AFTER COACH QUITS
JUST a month after detailing his long-term plan, Printsync South West Slammers men’s coach Charles Nix has resigned.
The club revealed on Tuesday that the 2017 State Basketball Coach of the Year had quit, meaning the Slammers will have a fourth men’s coach in as many years.
Nix told the South Western Times the travel to Bunbury from Perth twice a week for training had become too hard on him and his family.
“After the season I always do a review of the players, with the club, with my coaches and of course with my family,” he said.
“After sitting down with my family I realised the travel had become too hard.
“Leaving at 7am and getting home at midnight on a Tuesday and Thursday for training and then with games on weekends, I was spending a lot of time away from home.
“Living in Perth and coaching a Perth club was easier.”
Nix said it was not an easy decision to make.
“As much as I love the club and love coaching, family is my priority,” he said.
“If there was an opportunity I would do both.
“But I cannot half commit to something. I am an all-in kind of person.”
Nix said he wanted to keep coaching but had no plans in the short-term to take up another role.
“I feel I am starting to come into my own as a coach,” he said.
“I will just wait until something becomes available.”
Slammers director Carl Catalano thanked Nix for all the work he had done for the club.
“He has influenced the group and developed the team, which is what we asked him to do,” he said.
Catalano said the board knew what “type of coach” they wanted and would begin their search after a meeting.
“We have to make sure we have the right person.”