Paul
Years ago

Albury/Wodonga looking for new women's coach

Albury Wodonga Lady Bandits are seeking a new coach for their women's program.

Pretty tough gig with a roster that just doesn't have the talent to compete with the top SEABL teams.

Good opportunity for someone as the only way is up. Starting at rock bottom so a good chance to build a program from scratch.

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Geoff  
Years ago

.... They should be looking for a new men's coach as well.

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Jay  
Years ago

Albury is a really well supported program. Just needs someone to go in and build the program they have always needed.

Question is who is really good at building local content up to a competitive level ? Then add in a couple of quality imports and at least they will compete.

But who makes the short list of working with local content as most coaches don't.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Would assume the short list up that way would be slim. So to get someone to shift up there it would need to be an attractive package.

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SEABL Watcher  
Years ago

From the 2013 financials on their website, the Lady Bandits coach wasn't paid much at all unless the local association had some other employment arrangement that was part of the package. You have to feel sorry for James Ballinger who seemed to put his heart & soul into this team for little reward.

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Tiger Watcher  
Years ago

Its tough up there to compete as they don't have great local content and the young girls they do have appear to be a few years away...they also face issues with girls leaving for uni/work just as they start to really get to SEABL level.

They association does do alot of good work supporting the temas thou with imports etc.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

LJ will play home games with Albury next SEABL season.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

There are a few womens teams looking for new coaches.
Geelong - said they had a big name no announcement.
Knox - not sure whats happening there.
Ballarat - ??????
Sandy - ?????
So along with with the Albury job there will be a alot of clubs seeking new coaches.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Kristi Harrower to coach Geelong

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Kristi Harrower will NOT coach geelong.

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Happy Days  
Years ago

The key for this group is to get 2 stud imports.Easier said than done....

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Anonymous  
Years ago

On paper Albury looked good.

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Jay  
Years ago

The right coach for Albury wont be there for big $, but more for the challenge.

I will be interested is who they look at.

Geelong & Ballarat will go to someone local

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Anonymous  
Years ago

David Herbert was rumoured to be going to Geelong.
But that may have fallen through since others have been contacted regarding the posistion.

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GetREAL  
Years ago

Im amazed Albury can stomach sending their girls into the SEABL comp again. Its degrading. They should play BigV where they might at least be competitive and be able to enjoy their basketball.

They are ridiculously far off the pace in SEABL. I feel for those girls, who (for at least the first 2/3rds of the season) gave a huge effort each week but were simply not talented enough to be competitive. Harsh reality, but its the truth. They're not good enough, and no matter how earnest the new coach will be in trying to improve them individually, they won't get good enough to win more then 1 or 2 games for a few years yet. If James Ballinger couldn't do it, then who can? James gave those girls every opportunity to improve, but they didn't have the capacity to improve enough to look like they belong in SEABL.

This year was the most competitive year SEABL has had in ages on the women's side, with all top 4 teams from both conferences seeming like they could take the championship at some point in the season. And those teams are only going to get better next season. Albury is a laughing stock.

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Tiger Watcher  
Years ago

@GetREAL - Awesome attitude!

If they could get 1/2 solid SEABL level recruits or maybe look at th Waratah see if they could recruit from there it could help the local depth.

Then its the pot luck of 2 good imports.

If..(its a big if) can get 1/2 solid locals i could see them being competitive they only need a rotation of 6/7 players and they win a fair share of home games.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Both Albury and Canberra struggled.
The CEO diominated in that neck of the woods.
Harmon was warrior this year with little help.

Geelong are announcing everything except their women's coach it would seem maybe they are still looking. Word is they didn't keep Hultren because he lost the players towards the end and after they got rid of O'Brien for much of the same reason, whoever takes that job on better have a thick skin.

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Jay  
Years ago

Top four teams only getting better next season ?

Hobart made it on the back of a massive season from Francis
Geelong it would appear have talent on court but sounds like the tail is wagging the dog there again and another coach departs
Dandenong, that bit older, but still a good team
Brisbane (I am still working out how they got so many players with WNBL minutes into one team)surely cannot keep the same roster next season.

Goes back to my original question which coach is peoples guess that can bring local content up to scratch to make them competitive

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Anonymous  
Years ago

The ideal person for the job would be former Geelong coach Paul O'Brien. He has proven to have great list managment and knows how to utilise local talant.
Logistically a move to Albury may not be on the cards as I think he has a full time job along with his partner in Melbourne.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

It was Hultren's first time coaching a women's team and the talk is that while things started out ok, he had trouble communicating with the playing group and there was a level of friction by the end of the season.

He will actually be coaching the Geelong U20 Boys in the VJBL next season which would actually seem to be a better fit for him.

O'Brien lost the players at Geelong during his second season and was lucky to not be shown the door at the end of that season.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Geelong women - Who would want that if they go through two coaches in 2 seasons

Tell players to coach themselves

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Anonymous  
Years ago

^lol...
Two coaches who have got them to Two confrence grand finals. This board would want to have an absolute stand out candiate to take on this group.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Who would Brisbane's restricted players have been?
Thompson didn't see too many minutes at all for Townsville last year. Sarah Graham would have been restricted. Is that it?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Would Nat Taylor have been restricted or do NZ players count as unrestricted at SEABL level?

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Why is there no thread for sacking the Mens coach?

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Anon  
Years ago

Courtney Williamson and the ceo should coach the lady supercats officially, they're the ones who made all the hell this season and had the coach fired.

The coach who actually takes the position will need to have a big clean out, not a coachable group is the report. Basket case when a non-basketball ceo is so influential at the floor level.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

^ They may just have to. Two coaches within 12months "alarm bells".

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Michael  
Years ago

TTT

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Michael  
Years ago

Albury will make the finals within the next two years

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Big Call

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