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Craig Friday appointed head coach of Gliders and Rollers

Basketball Australia has appointed Craig Friday as the head coach of both Australia's senior men’s and women’s Wheelchair Basketball teams for 2021.

Friday has been the head coach of the Australian Rollers (senior men’s) since 2017, and under this tutelage rebuilt the program to claim an impressive bronze medal at the IWBF 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Having overseen a successful rebuild of the Rollers program, Friday - who takes over from Stephen Charlton – will also complete a similar undertaking with the Australian Gliders (senior women’s) as both national teams prepare for the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games (24 August – 5 September).
Australian Gliders

Head Coach Craig Friday
Assistant Coach Janna Mizens
Assistant Coach Darren Allie
Assistant Coach / Technical Coach Craig Campbell
Team Manager Cathy Lambert
Physiotherapist Chloe Manuel
Performance Psychologist Karen Haddad
Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Coordinator Ruth Owen-Evans

Australian Rollers
Head Coach Craig Friday
Assistant Coach Brad Ness
Assistant Coach Grant Mizens
Assistant Coach / Technical Coach Shane Furness
Team Manager Priyanka Karunakaran
Physiotherapist Ryan Campbell
Performance Psychologist Karen Haddad
Athlete Wellbeing & Engagement Coordinator Ruth Owen-Evans

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On its own this would be a great appointment. But as a double up with the Men's program this is destined to fail.
In a Paralympic year, how can you expect a coach to properly prepare 2 teams for the pinnacle of their sport.
Their results directly affect the funding available to the sport.
Why you would risk that to save a few dollars is beyond me.

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