Mcdon­ald steps up coach­ing role

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGIL­LIVRAY

Shane Mcdon­ald has en­joyed one of the most dec­o­rated play­ing ca­reers of any Wim­mera bas­ket­baller.

The 33-year-old has played four sea­sons in Aus­tralia’s top league, the NBL, suit­ing up for the Sin­ga­pore Slingers, Perth Wild­cats, Mel­bourne Tigers and New Zealand Break­ers.

He has also ce­mented his sta­tus as one of the best play­ers in the his­tory of the South East Aus­tralian Bas­ket­ball League, hold­ing the league’s all-time as­sist record and be­ing named CO-MVP for the 2013 sea­son as a mem­ber of the Nu­nawad­ing Spec­tres.

While the point guard, orig­i­nally from Hor­sham, has no im­me­di­ate plans to hang up his jer­sey, he has made for­ays into a po­ten­tial post-play­ing ca­reer – coach­ing.

Mcdon­ald will be an as­sis­tant coach for the Vic­to­rian men’s un­der-20 team that will con­test the na­tional un­der-20 cham­pi­onships in Can­berra in Fe­bru­ary.

It is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year Mcdon­ald will be as­sis­tant coach for the team.

He is also a bas­ket­ball coach at Mel­bourne’s pres­ti­gious Maribyrnong Sports Academy.

Mcdon­ald said coach­ing was some­thing he had al­ways en­joyed.

“Coach­ing is a pas­sion of mine – it’s some­thing I’ve got­ten into as I’ve en­tered the later stages of my play­ing ca­reer,” he said.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about the game and mak­ing an im­pact, par­tic­u­larly on young peo­ple’s lives.

“I get to do that as a teacher as well, but to do that as a coach is a bit of a ve­hi­cle for me to have a re­ally pos­i­tive im­pact on peo­ple’s lives.”

0F'RQDOG VDLG KH ZDV LQYLWHG WR ¿OO WKH YDFDQW as­sis­tant coach role by mem­bers of Bas­ket­ball Vic­to­ria and had a great time with the team as it claimed a na­tional cham­pi­onship last year.

He said he had learned plenty from the ex­pe­ri­ence and was ex­cited to ap­ply that knowl­edge when coach­ing this year’s team.

“With un­der-20s it’s a re­ally short prepa­ra­tion phase, so you have to do a lot of coach­ing on the run once you get to the na­tional cham­pi­onships,” he said.

“We had all sorts of dif­fer­ent things pop up. One of the big­gest things I learned was how to man­age dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties through the highs and lows of tour­na­ment play to get your team peak­ing to­wards the end of the tour­na­ment when all the medal rounds hit.”

Mcdon­ald will be un­der head coach Chris An­stey, a for­mer NBA and NBL player with ex­pe­ri­ence as a NBL head coach.

“He’s a re­ally good guy and he’s had some good coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ences at NBL level and as an as­sis­tant coach for the Aus­tralian un­der-19 team,” Mcdon­ald said.

“It’s al­ways good to meet up with him and learn what I can from him.”

Mcdon­ald said he was un­sure where his coach­ing roles might lead him, but was con­tent sim­ply to en­joy them as his play­ing ca­reer wound down.

“It’s hard for me to know where I want to take my coach­ing at this point in time be­cause I’m still jug­gling be­tween wear­ing my play­ing hat and my coach­ing hat,” he said.

“I’m just en­joy­ing the coach­ing ca­per at the minute and look­ing for­ward to where it might take me in the fu­ture.”

Shane Mcdon­ald

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