ANDREW HARMS TO LEAD FRANKSTON RSL BLUES SENIOR MEN’S PROGRAM

ANDREW HARMS TO LEAD FRANKSTON RSL BLUES SENIOR MEN’S PROGRAM

Former stand-out SEABL point guard Andrew Harms has signed with the club for a further 3 years as head coach of the Blues.

The Frankston Blues Basketball Club are excited to announce former stand-out SEABL point guard Andrew Harms has signed with the club for a further three years as head coach of the Blues senior men’s program.

Harms, who enjoyed a distinguished junior & senior career with the Frankston Blues program before finishing his outstanding SEABL career leading the Dandenong Rangers to multiple conference championships including the 2013 National Championship, continues from a role he commenced mid-season after the club released former head coach
Grant Wallace.

Acknowledging the importance of having an insight into the playing group, Harms goes into season 2018 with a greater awareness saying “the interim role was a valuable one for me in many respects. It provided a chance to assess the program holistically, from training standards and game preparation, to on-court performance & player depth charts, along with off-court and how committed the club are to building an elite program.”

Frankston Blues Chairman Chris Beattie, echoing how through adversity a positive step forward has been taken by the club, observing “there was a genuine buzz around the club when Andrew stepped in as interim coach for the club last season and his impact was immediate. I have no doubt that he will define our club moving forward.

In his short time he has demonstrated a high level of professionalism, which no doubt played a big part in Andrew’s successful record as a player. On behalf of the Frankston Blues community, welcome home Andrew!” Beattie said.

Upon joining the Blues program mid-season this year, the Blues increased their team and individual productivity with Harms at the helm. Blues co-captains Jake MacAulay and Bennie Lewis who saw first-hand Harms’ way, spoke of how Coach Harms ‘redirected the groups focus’ while creating a sense of ‘accountability’.

Former NBL representative Bennie Lewis who’s scoring, rebounds and assists increased under Harms last season said Harms’ “attention to detail” was clearly evident and that pre-season could not come quick enough with Lewis adding “I can’t wait for season 2018.”

MacAulay, who shouldered much of the point guard duties in 2017 feels “its exciting news for the club and most importantly the playing group. Andrew brings SEABL experience along with his knowledge playing under some great coaches during his playing career.”

As the starting point guard on Frankston’s most recent conference championship winning team (2009), Harms immediate focus is recreating a culture of high performance. “I have had a long history with the Blues program, being my junior club. I was fortunate enough to be part of a successful period with the SEABL men’s program as a player, so I’m eager to get the club back to being consistently competitive again leading this time as head coach.”

With the club intending on entering development teams in Big V, Harms sees the off-season as an opportunity for the senior men’s program to establish the standards which season 2018 will be built on.  Identifying a “strong pre-Christmas period”, Harms will be looking to Frankston’s next generation of senior Blues with “a considerable amount of youth being provided the opportunity and resources to improve their skills and physical attributes” leading into pre-season.

With recruitment also being top of mind, Harms believes “finding the right experienced talent and import combination is critical to helping us back towards playing finals again”.

With pre-season not commencing until later this year, Harms believes the program can move forward seeing the club entering ‘an exciting period’ and excited to “to be part of the Frankston Blues program going forward. With the unbelievable capital works project soon to begin, the club will be able to provide its athletes state of the art facilities and resources which will further benefit their opportunities with the club.”