2020/21 VJBL FIRST TEAM HEAD COACHES

2020/21 VJBL FIRST TEAM HEAD COACHES

Frankston Blues are proud to announce first-team coaches for the upcoming VJBL season.

Boy’s Coordinator Scott Christiansen has assembled a familiar look for his first-team coaches, including himself taking on head coach duties for the 14.1 Boys.

“Although we are not sure what a VJBL might look like or when it might start, I’m truly confident these coaches can achieve big things next year.”

“We will be looking to hit the courts running bigger and better than ever, and seeing the fruits of our labour, from the past few years”

“But I’m especially proud amount of players continued to maintain and improve their fitness, strength and individual skills over the past six difficult months”

Going into his third year with the 2010 born boys, Youth League guard Darcey Strauss will make the step up to his first ones-team head coach position with the 12.1 Boys. Darcey has been working tirelessly with the group and we look forward to seeing that shine through.

Taking on the 16.1 Boys, in his third year with the club, up and coming Basketball Victoria State Development Coach Brad Szalek will head coach the 16.1 Boys

Adam Kerr will continue for a second year in the role of 18.1 Boys head coach, after transitioning from the girl’s program including an Under 14 Girls Nationals Campaign in 2019.

2020/21 12.1 Boys Head Coach Darcey Strauss

Meanwhile, Girls Coordinator Kerryn Mitchell has spent the past few months assembling her first-team coaching line-up, with potentially the only all-female crew in the state and possibly in the history of the VJBL. Female leadership is something that Mitchell is keen to see normalised and is heavily involved in creating change in this space Nationwide.

“Not only are all our 1’s teams being led by outstanding female coaches, we also have 3 out of 4 of our 2’s teams female-led as well. All up, 10 out of 14 Head coaches already appointed, are women. Plus all 14 of our Assistant Coaches who are already appointed are women.

“I strongly believe that it’s our time. It’s time that women and girls started to believe in themselves and their own abilities. It’s time for them to put their hand up for positions that they may only tick half the boxes for. Men have been backing themselves in to just ‘figure it out’ forever, it’s time for women to do likewise.”

“We look forward to a time in the hopefully not too distant future where there’s more equal crossover between the boys and girls program and a coach is a coach, regardless of gender. Unfortunately, female head coaches make up just 18% of overall VJBL head coaches, going on data last year. Meaning we’re still at a stage where male coaches get the majority of opportunities on both sides, particularly the high-performance teams, and the female coaches get what’s left on the girl’s side, with little to no opportunity on the boy’s side. This makes it very difficult for female coaches to gain the necessary experience to apply for roles with State and National junior teams, as well as Senior coaching roles.”

At Blues, we have been working overtime to change this narrative, and we are really proud to introduce our all-female 1’s teams coaching line-up.

2020/21 12.1 Girls Head Coach Abby Chernishoff running online training during Covid-19 lockdowns

After stepping up to Head coach the 12.3 Girls last season, Abby Chernishoff will have her first experience coaching a ones team. Abby is no stranger to the high expectations after a long playing career with the Blues, playing all levels from VJBL thru to NBL1 and recently assisting the Under 14 Girls Nationals Campaign in 2019.

Olympian Natalie Porter will be continuing her role as the Head of the U14’s program, with her sights firmly set on the U14 Nationals. This will be her fifth year with the Blues, which has included a silver-placing 2019 National Classic campaign with the 12.1 Girls.

New to the Blues, Samantha Groves will be leading the U16 Girls program. Sam comes with a wealth of experience, including a current coaching internship with Melbourne Boomers (WNBL), current roles in Basketball Victoria’s state development programs, and past SEABL Assistant Coach duties for Sandringham

In her second year coaching with Blues, former WNBL player Renay Bresnan will again head up our Under 18’s program. Renay has coached many years of senior basketball and will continue to assist in the transition from junior to senior basketball as the young athletes begin to move up to Youth League and hopefully NBL1 South.

Frankston Blues Intent To Play

Frankston Blues are now asking players interested in playing for the Frankston Blues in the 2020/2021 VJBL season to complete the attached Intent To Play form found HERE