Manager steps up as coach
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.