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New Gems coach - David Herbert
Basketball Australia have appointed former WNBL Coach of the Year, David Herbert as the head coach of the Australian U19 Women's team, the Gems, for the next two years.
Herbert brings a wealth of experience to the role having had stints in the WNBL with Townsville, Perth and Canberra and more recently having been the assistant coach of the 2019 FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship team.
Currently working as part of the Basketball Victoria high performance network, Herbert has held key development roles in Queensland and Western Australia.
He will take the Gems helm from Deanne Butler, who led the team to two World Championships, including the 2019 event, which saw the team finish second after a heartbreaking loss to USA in overtime in the final.
Herbert said he feels extremely honoured to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s best coaches in Ray Tomlinson, Phil Brown, Paul Gorris and Deanne Butler.
"The Australian Gems U19 Women’s program has such a rich history of success," Herbert said.
“Representing my country has always been an ultimate goal of mine as a coach and is something I will not be taking for granted. I know the hard work, sacrifice and effort required for success and I will be pursuing this head on.
“It was an amazing experience to have had the opportunity to work with Deanne and Claudia Brassard and we were so close to achieving the dream of a world cup gold medal.”
The Gems will start their quest for a return to the world stage with the FIBA Asia Cup later in the year.
“Our aim will ultimately be to qualify through the tough Asia Cup, with planning to commence straight away. No stone will remain unturned in the pursuit of putting Australia’s best U19 Women’s team on the floor to compete as hard as we can for our country.”
The Australian U19 Men’s team will once again be led by Head Coach Darren Perry.