Camberwell Dragons are pleased to announce the following Head Coaches for our VJBL 2017/2018 season:
U12 Head Coach – Justin Boyd
This upcoming season we will see Justin Boyd Head Coach the U12 age group for the third consecutive year. We moved swiftly into placing Justin, our longest serving boy’s coach, into our U12 program as soon as we highlighted this as an area that needed improvement. The program has since blossomed with Justin doing a great job getting our U12/1 Boys to be Grand Finalists last season in VJL1 whilst also mentoring other coaches. Whilst not coaching a team, Justin will be responsible for continuing the development of our U12 program overall and mentoring all our U12s coaches. Justin has high expectations and will do everything he can to ensure that everyone in our U12 program meets their full potential.
U14 Head Coach – Mike Muntisov
After many seasons as the coach of our U16/2 Boys, Mike moves to the U14 Head Coaching role for next season. Mike, assisted by his son Tom, has seen great success developing fundamentals and creating cohesive team play. The two have been coaching with the Dragons for the best part of 5 years and have always achieved great results. Both Mike and Tom are looking forward to the new challenge ahead of them in 2017/18 and cannot wait to get into it.
U16 Head Coach – Mark Jeffers
Mark Jeffers will be Head Coaching the U16 program for the second consecutive year. Mark has been coaching for the Dragons for the last 6 years and also doubles up as our Boy’s Coordinator. Matthew Foster will join Mark for the second year in a row coming off the back of a campaign that saw them go deep into finals, but narrowly falling short. The two of them are looking forward to the big year ahead with a strong group of kids expected at tryouts.
U18 Head Coach – Pete Maunder
We also welcome back Pete Maunder to the club for season 2017/18. Pete has coached the U18/1 Boys at VJL1 level for the past two years and will be hoping to go one better and play VC in 2018. He has a strong emphasis on skills development with the idea of preparing our U18 program to become ready for our Dragons Youth League team.
U12 Head Coach – Prue Ainsworth
Prue is set to come back after another great year of coaching our u12.1 Girls. For the past 3 seasons she has coached the girls to Victorian Championship level and looking to do that again with a very talented group coming up. Prue has coached for over 15 years and has played juniors and seniors with Camberwell Dragons. She has helped build a strong and successful program over her time and we are proud to announce her as our 12-1s coach again for season 2017/18. The under 12 program is in good hands for what looks to be another exciting year ahead.
U14 Head Coach – Cara Jeffers
Cara Jeffers returns again to the under 14 Girls program in what will be her 6th year in this role, in that time she has successfully made finals several times 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. Last year she also successfully coached the Camberwell Dragons Youth League Women’s team to the preliminary finals in her first season of coaching seniors. We love her tough approach and willingness to push the girls to their maximum that will no doubt show great reward throughout the year.
U16 Head Coach – Danni Fidge
We are excited to welcome Danni Fidge to our Camberwell junior family as the coach of our Under 16-1s. Danni joins us from Knox Raiders, where she has successfully coached in their under 14 program for many years. During her time at Knox she coached at National Club Championships and the National Junior Classic as well as at a Victorian Championship level. However, Danni is not a new face around the Camberwell Dragons. The senior women’s side has been lucky enough to benefit from her leadership and experience over the past three years. Danni has many years of playing experience at a SEABL, Championship and Division One level. She will be joined by her brother Tom, who has worked with her as an assistant coach for the last four years, together winning two championships. Danni and Tom are excited about coaching at Dragons and look forward to further developing our juniors and strengthening the junior program.
U18 Head Coach – Rachel Bett
Rachel returns to her role at Coach of the 18-1 girls this season after two years in the position. Over the past two years it has been particularly exciting to see our junior players progress through the under 18s program and into the senior program. Rachel is particularly passionate about ensuring her players are prepared for this transition and have the opportunity to continue their basketball at a senior level. She has been a senior player at the club for the past 7 years and will be looking to share her on court knowledge with the under 18 program this season. Rachel is excited by the prospects of the upcoming season and is looking forward to another year of developing the under 18s program.