The NBL’s newest team, South East Melbourne have appointed Simon Mitchell as their inaugural coach.

Mitchell joins the club following a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Melbourne United.

Prior to his role at United, Mitchell was an assistant coach at the Melbourne Tigers, where he was part of their 2008 NBL Championship and was Head of Basketball Operations at the Frankston Blues and Knox Basketball.

Mitchell said he was honoured to be named the inaugural coach of the NBL’s ninth team.

“I feel very honoured, grateful and privileged to step up into a head coaching role in my home town,” Mitchell told

“I’ve coached and held management roles in a number of associations in the South East, my family lives in the South East and my kids go to school and play basketball in this area.

“This is my community and I’m passionate about NBL returning to the heartland of the game here in Melbourne.

“We have an opportunity to build a great club that will deliver success on the court and be an integral part of the community off the court. We want to build a strong connection to the community that will last for years to come.”

South East Melbourne General Manager Tommy Greer said Mitchell’s connection with the region will help the club engage with the community.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a tremendous work ethic to the role. Most importantly, he has been part of a winning culture during his time at Melbourne United,” Greer said.

“Simon also has strong roots in South East Melbourne, understands the local community and will help build a great club on and off the court.”

Mitchell will leave his position at United immediately to prepare South East Melbourne for the 2019-20 season.