Basketball Victoria have proudly announced the 2022 State Team Program Coaches and Staff for next year’s Australian Junior Championships, including four members of the Frankston Blues coaches community; Kerryn Mitchell, Jo Wood, Scott Christiansen and Paul Groat

Basketball Victoria sends 15 state teams to Australian Junior Championships each year, with female and male participants from both Metropolitan and Country areas featuring in teams including our Ivor Burge (athletes with an intellectual disability), Kevin Coombs Cup (wheelchair basketball), Under-16, Under-18, and Under-20 teams.

The 2022 Australian Junior Championships will be held in Ballarat, Mackay and Perth.

FDBA Basketball Development Manager Jarryd Moss spoke about the appointments.

“Congratulations to Jo, Scott, Paul and Kerryn on their appointments”

“It is great recognition of the hard work of these individuals and is a great sign for the Frankston Blues, we’re lucky these people choose to call Frankston home”

“We’d like to make special mention of Kerryn Mitchell who has been appointed Head Coach of a State team for the first time. Kerryn will be well assisted by not only our NBL1 Women’s Assistant Coach, Jo Wood but also another familiar face in Samantha Groves. Sam has recently taken up a position with Dandenong but was the Head Coach of the Frankston Blues U16.1 Girls in 2021”

“Best of luck to Kerryn, Jo and Sam with the U20 Women and to Scott and Paul with the U16 Metro Men”

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said it was pleasing to have an amazing pool of elite coaches put their hands up for Victorian state team positions, especially throughout the difficulties of 2021.

“Even in the midst of a challenging year with lockdowns and restrictions, we continue to be impressed by the calibre of coaches who want to be part of State Team Program and appreciate those who applied for positions,”

“Selecting coaches from an elite group shows the great position Victorian basketball is currently in and we’re excited to have the best coaches and staff to support Victoria’s state teams next year.

Victoria Metropolitan Under-16 Men 

  • Assistant Coach: Scott Christiansen
  • Team Manager: Paul Groat

Victoria Under-20 Women

  • Head Coach: Kerryn Mitchell
  • Assistant Coach: Jo Wood

Orignal Basketball Victoria Announcement HERE