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2016 Head Coaches

The Camberwell Dragons are excited to announce the Head Coaches for the upcoming 2016 VJBL season.

Under 12-1 Girls Prue Ainsworth

After her ‘Coach of the Year award’ for 2014/15 Prue Ainsworth will be continuing her work over the last few years in the under 12s program with a strong focus on teaching the fundamentals to our youngest Dragons. Prue is coming off the Dragons most successful under 12 season, having played VC and qualifying for the Classic finishing 7th in Australia she saw her team and program grow and really develop nicely this year. Prue has built a strong and successful program over her time and we are pround to announce her as our 12-1s coach again for season 2015/16. She is a Camberwell junior and with years of coaching experience under her belt the under 12 program is in good hands for what looks to be another exciting year ahead.

Under 14-1 Girls Cara Jeffers

Cara Jeffers returns again to the under 14 Girls program in what will be her 4th year in this role, in that time she has successfully made finals each year and continues to push the whole age group and her own girls to achieve the best they can. Cara has a strong focus on improving both as individuals and as a team. She has coached domestic and Rep basketball for many years and has experience playing Big V that she will no doubt draw upon. We love her tough approach and willingness to push the girls to their maximum that will no doubt show great reward throughout the year.

Under 16-1 Girls Mark Jeffers

Mark Jeffers will be coaching the 16-1 girls next season as he confronts a new challenge. Whilst Mark has not coached girls since taking the U14 Southern Cross Challenge girls team in 2014, he is very excited for the opportunity to work with this age group. Mark will use experience gained from his 6 years playing at BigV level as well as his 6 months working with Basketball Victoria’s U16 NITP program to stear this girls to what will hopefully be a strong VC season. Mark has a great ability to identify talent and to develop those players accordingly; this will hold the girls in good stead to improve individually as well as improving as a team as the year goes on. This is a really exciting challenge for him and one he will do everything possible to ensure that it’s a success

Under 18-1 Girls Rachel Bett

Having been involved as a player and coach at the Camberwell Dragons for over 8 years, Rachel is looking forward to embarking on a new challenge in her coaching career stepping up from the u14’s program. During her junior career at Camberwell, Rachel competed at the National Junior Classic, played in the Victorian Championship Division and won a VJBL title. Rachel has been a senior player at the club for the past 5 years and will be looking to share her on court knowledge with the under 18 program this season. Rachel hopes to share her experience and knowledge of the game with the Under 18 girls to ensure that her players are well equipped to move into the senior program.

Under 20-1 Girls Ray Foster

Ray joins us after several years in the u18 Boys program, we are excited to have him onboard this year in the Girls program. He has been the assistant coach to the Div 1 mens team for the past 2 years and has previously coached at Hawthorn and Bulleen. He is looking forward to his new role in being part of the pathway for our girls from the junior program to the seniors. He is knowledgable and tough and we have high hopes for this group of girls going into season 2015/16.

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U12 Boys Head Coach – Justin Boyd

This year we see our club President Justin Boyd move from the U18 program to the U12 program. Justin has had great success qualifying the U18 boys into Victorian Championship for the past two seasons, whilst also assistant coaching the BigV Youth League Men. Justin is the longest standing coach at Camberwell Dragons in the boys program, with the U12 boys one of the few challenges he has yet to take on as a coach. He will be aiming to translate the success he has had with the older boys into the U12 program by encouraging a good work ethic and harping on the fundamentals. We will see a united program, with structured direction in providing our youngest athletes a broad basketball foundation to progress through the Dragons pathway. It’s safe to say that Justin is very excited to work with such young athletes next season and seeing how much they can improve.

U14 Boys Head Coach – Mark Jeffers

Mark Jeffers will once again be the Head Coach of the U14 age group next season for the 5th straight year. Mark has previously been involved in coaching roles with Basketball Victoria; including U16 National Intensive Training Program as well as the Southern Cross Challenge. He has seen some great results over his 5 year stint at Camberwell, including multiple finals appearances as well as competing in Victorian Championship. In this time, he has also been playing for the Camberwell Dragons at BigV level for 5 years including captaining the Division One Men for the past two seasons. Mark has a great ability to identify talent and areas for improvement in players games by drawing on his own experience at the elite level, actively demonstrating the next steps players must take to improve their basketball. Mark will once again have his trusty sidekick Jonny McCafferty working with the team for his 5th season as well. They are both excited about the U14s next season after keeping a close eye on their development last season.

U16 Boys Head Coach – Tom Sapountsis

After Tom’s first season coaching with the Dragons in 2015, he takes the step up to become Head Coach of the U16 boys. Tom, currently playing BigV for Camberwell and previously McKinnon since 2010, will use his senior experience to strengthen and develop the players group to the elite level mentally and physically in preparation for U18s. Tom gives his players confidence to take risks, proving to be a major success in his 2015 season. With this age group making Victorian Championship two season ago, Tom knows that he has some very skilled players to work with across the entire U16 program. He is looking forward to the challenge and will be hoping to get the best out of the players.

U18 Boys Head Coach – Pete Maunder

We welcome a new coach to the club, Pete Maunder. Pete is a full-time basketball trainer and runs a highly successful business, ‘No Limits Basketball’. Pete comes to us after coaching for three seasons at Nunawading, and is excited with what Camberwell has to offer. Pete has also played BigV for three seasons for Camberwell, playing under experienced coaches Julian Fields, Ezra Kumar and Kevin Anstey. He has a real focus on shooting and will be helping the entire club in improving all facets of their shooting. He is excited about his U18 program after watching a lot of the age group in the last couple of months, he is excited about the potential in turning these U18 players into future BigV players for the Camberwell Dragons.

U20 Boys Head Coach – Darcy Cotchett

A former junior of the club, Darcy Cotchett steps up to coach his first season with the Camberwell Dragons. Whilst he has been putting a lot of time focussing on his playing for the past two seasons in our Youth League Mens team, he is now ready to step up and coach in 2016. He has previously had a lot of experience coaching at Waverley Falcons as well as coaching for Xavier College. Darcy is looking forward to the challenge of coaching the U20s knowing that he will be inheriting a very strong side with some difficult selections to make. Darcy knows what is expected for these players to make the jump to Youth League level and he will be aiming to guide them on that pathway to the best of his ability.


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