Taipans announce Jamie O'Loughlin as new assistant coach
TAIPANS ANNOUNCE NEW AC JAMIE O'LOUGHLIN
THE CQUniversity Cairns Taipans are excited to announce the appointment of two-time Championship-winning NBL Coach Jamie O’Loughlin as a new assistant for the upcoming season.
O’Loughlin joins the Cairns coaching ranks alongside Head Coach Aaron Fearne and Assistant Coach Jamie Pearlman on the back of winning back-to-back Championships with the Perth Wildcats.
"I couldn’t pass on the chance to work with Aaron. He’s been highly successful for a long time and runs a program that other basketball organisations aspire to," said O’Loughlin.
“All the games we’ve played against him [with the Wildcats] have been tough and competitive. It’s no secret he coaches at a high level and I know I’ll learn a lot from him.”
O’Loughlin has been watching the movements of the club closely throughout the off-season, and is looking forward to reuniting with Nate Jawai for the first time since winning the 2015/16 NBL Championship together.
“We’ve got a lot of returning players which is great considering we finished second last season, and now they all have recent Finals experience. You add the new imports that bring in more scoring and athleticism and you’ve got a very exciting team,” said O’Loughlin.
“I really enjoyed working with Nate when we were together last. He’s a great guy and one hell of a player. I think he’s due for another Championship and hopefully I can help with that.”
Jawai is not the only Taipans recruit that O’Loughlin has previously coached, nurturing development player Ashley Constable for years as a Victorian Country junior and spending time with Anthony Fisher as a development player in Perth.
Most recently, O’Loughlin was an assistant at the 2017 World University Games, where the Australian Emerging Boomers finished at ninth place. The Boomers returned from Taiwan this weekend on a high, winning their last five games and owning an overall record of 6-2.
O’Loughlin now moves to the Far North with his young family - wife Kristy and 10-month old son Jude before the season tips-off on Friday 6 October.
“We’ve spent many holidays here – and now we get to live here. We love the tropical weather and really excited about getting settled and being part of this community.”