Man­ager steps up as coach

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

WHEN Cockburn went look­ing for a new women’s bas­ket­ball coach this off-sea­son, they didn’t have to look fur­ther than the club’s front of­fice.

Gen­eral man­ager Ty­rone Th­waites will lead the women’s State Bas­ket­ball League pro­gram into 2020 af­ter sign­ing a three-year coach­ing deal last week.

The ap­point­ment was con­firmed just a day af­ter the Cougars an­nounced for­mer Rock­ing­ham Flames as­sis­tant Andrew Cooper as the new coach of the men’s squad.

Cockburn Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Travis French said Th­waites’ work ethic and at­ten­tion to process aligned with the club’s strate­gic plan for sus­tain­able suc­cess at SBL level.

He has also spent time as an as­sis­tant coach of the Aus­tralian 3x3 pro­gram and women’s NBL team Perth Lynx.

Cooper is well cre­den­tialed, hav­ing led WA’s un­der-18 team to a gold medal last year, and is also a videoco-or­di­na­tor at the Perth Wild­cats.

In his quest to lead Cockburn back to the SBL play­off pic­ture he should have strong sup­port in as­sis­tant coach Mark Clay­den, who was named this year’s WA Bas­ket­ball League male coach of the year.

Fleur McIn­tyre and for­mer Cougars cap­tain Grant Davey will join the Cougar men’s coach­ing line-up.

“Coops is the per­fect fit,' Th­waites said. “His pro­fes­sion­al­ism, work-ethic and ef­fi­ciency are un­de­ni­able, but it’s his ex­cite­ment for this club that sets him apart.”

Th­waites will con­tinue as gen­eral man­ager of Cockburn bas­ket­ball, in­clud­ing over­see­ing the WA ju­nior bas­ket­ball league pro­gram.

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