SLAMMERS STUNNED AFTER COACH QUITS

South Western Times - - Front Page - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.”

Charles Nix.

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