Basketball - Boys (Issue 4 2017)
Written on the 29 June 2017
New Coaches bring fresh approach to Hearts Basketball
The boys basketball program is alive and kicking with the nomination of five basketball teams this year and over 60 students moving through the teams on a weekly basis. The introduction of new coaching staff, Nathan Anderson and Reece Turner, has also provided a positive addition to the College's program.
Reece Turner is the coach of our Open A boys basketball team and brings with him a significant level of coaching experience, including coaching the Under 16 and Under 18 Northern Territory State Team (2015-16), and three years at the helm as the Director of Basketball Operations in the NT from 2015 - 2017. Currently Reece works as the Community Engagement Office with the Adelaide Lightning and the Adelaide 36ers. In addition, Reece is a current and prominent Premier League basketball player for the Southern Tigers. The Open A boys are currently sitting in second place in the Saturday morning competition with a 5 win - 1 loss record, after losing to Cabra on 24 June by a narrow margin of 2 points. They will progress to the finals round of the South Australian Knockout Competition to be held in August.
We welcome Nathan Anderson, who is the coach of our Open B and Open C basketball team. Nathan has been involved in basketball at club level for some years and is currently the Division 3 Men's Coach at the Sturt Sabres in addition to being the Statistics and Analysis Assistant for the Sturt Sabres Men's Premier League team. Nathan has what we call a 'basketball brain', and a natural aptitude to use the game's statistics to develop and improve game plans on the run. The Open B's currently have a 4 win - 2 loss record, while the Open C's have a 5 win - 1 loss record.
Nathan and Reece work closely to provide a high standard of basketball in order to develop our students into stronger basketball players. The Open As, Bs and Cs all train at the same time on a Tuesday after school. The benefit of training together is the healthy competition that it breeds. In addition, similar game strategy is taught across all three teams and therefore, when the opportunity comes for players to be called up into a higher grade, they can quickly adapt to fit the flow of the game.
We look forward to working with our new coaches to provide a holistic basketball program for our students that will develop well rounded basketball players and young men.
Boys Sports Coordinator