My name is Ross Clark, coach of the successful and gold medal winning team at the Classic.
To give you some background to the key board warriors who use this website, I am the only Life member coach of Diamond Valley association and I ahve coached there for over years.
For those questioning my credentials at developing players, I have coached Australian reps players such as Kevin Probert, Matt Jackson, Greg PagE.
I have coached numerous Vic Metro and Vic Country players over that time including Kristian Williams, Tim Bongetti, Nick Dean, Cameron Conlon, Ben Mossuto, Drew McKenzie, Matt Johnston, Daniel Suter just to name a few.
To those questioning my win/loss record, I can assure you I have coached numerous teams during my time at DV with a negative win/loss ratio.
Yes, i am the Vic metro head coach, have been for the last years going into my third year and happy to say that I have won Nationals twice, playing man to man at all times.
I won VC last year in Under 18's defeating Melb Tigers again playing man to man.
So I am more than happy to stand by my record both in developing players and also winning and losing.
To say that my team is hopeless in playing man to man is a slight on the capability of my current under team. Yes we are workig hard at in practice to develop these players as we work hard on all of our fundamentals.
So do we play zone with this group, yes we do. Do we press up the floor, yes we do, do we trap, yes we do. At no stage have I hidden the fact that we play zone, however I would like to think we do all of these things well.
Good close outs
Being able to keep between the ball and the basket when defending the ball
Good ball pressure
Players bumping cutter
Players moving on the flight
Being able to find the player in your area and boxing out
So again, to anyone who wishes to discuss this with, feel free to do so, I happy to do so. in the mean time though, give these players the respect they deserve, they won games at the classic, beating Melb twice, coming from 16 down at 3 quarter time in quarter final.