Although not new news, Frankston Blues (FDBA) are both proud and disappointed to report that 2021 Youth League Head Coach Ash Arnott has departed the clubs for a new role at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.

In his new role at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, Arnott will work closely with program head coach Robbie McKinlay, with a focus on skill and concept development of the young scholarship athletes.

Ash joined the Frankston Blues Men’s program in late 2020 in the role of Youth League Head Coach and NBL1 Assistant Coach.

FDBA Basketball Development Manager Jarryd Moss congratulated Ash.

“Ash has had a profound impact on our club and in particular our Senior Men’s program in only a short amount of time”

“His knowledge, passion, and ability to teach our young players was a pleasure to watch”

“We wish him the best of luck for his new role at the CoE and look forward to following his career”

Senior Men’s Head Coach spoke about Ash’s impact on the Men’s program.

“Ash seamlessly assimilated into our Frankston Blues Senior Men’s program and felt like he had been with us since we started our Youth League an NBL1 journey’

“One of our fundamental aims in our Senior Men’s program is to broaden our player’s basketball horizons and try and luminate their pathway to self-discovery – as a coach Ash embodies that aim and from day 1, he lit that pathway of development and accountability for our YL players.

“Furthermore, outside of the 4 lines Ash developed and fostered great relationships with all key stakeholders at our club, from players, support staff, through to administration.”

“We will miss his presence and input at the club moving forward but are truly excited to watch him flourish in his time at CoE! Once a Blues person…always a Blues person!”


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Arnott spoke about his experience at the club and the move the Canberra

“I would like to thank the entire Frankston Blues organization and community for allowing me to be a part of the Men’s senior program.”

“It has been a privilege to be a part of such a professional, determined and caring group. I will miss being around the coaching staff and players each week, however, I am glad for the new relationships forged through this experience.”

“I look forward to watching the youth boys grow and develop into tremendous NBL1 players and both teams achieving success through all the hard work they have put in. I will always be grateful for my time with the players, coaches, and people of Frankston! Go Blues!”

Ash departs the club following the recently canceled season, finishing second on the ladder and received the Coach of the Month Award for March 2021.

The club will soon begin the process of expression of interest in the near future.

For information please contact Jarryd Moss via email

Basketball Australia’s announcement can be found HERE