Andrej Lemanis to address Cup coaches

AUSTRALIAN Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis will headline this year’s Tasman coaches clinic to be held in Albury as part of the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup, which starts on Monday.

Lemanis will be the guest presenter for the clinic on Monday night and will also spend time meeting coaches.

The two-time NBL coach of the year coached more than 250 games in the NBL, guiding the New Zealand Breakers to a three-peat of titles in 2011, 2012 and last season.

Lemanis said he was excited to be not only watching the brightest young talent to hit the courts, but to also help define high performance methods for junior coaches to follow.

“Absolutely, the really exciting part for me is the coaches clinic, it gives me an opportunity to share with them what’s going on at the national level,” Lemanis said.

“Talking about methods and concepts and challenge how we coach at all levels and to have some flow-on effects.

“The idea is that what we have at a national level filters through and has an influence on the junior development systems as well.

“So as kids are coming through they get exposed to those concepts and have some familiarity with them as they rise up the chain.”

The Tasman coaches clinic is held each year in conjunction with the junior cup and gives coaches from regional Australia and New Zealand valuable development opportunities.

This year’s free clinic will be held at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre on Monday from 7pm to 9pm and is open to all coaches participating in the cup, along with any coach interested.

Now in its 14th year, the clinic has featured the likes of present Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce, Rex Nottage, Marty Clarke, Damian Cotter, Jan Stirling, Guy Molloy and Ian Stacker as presenters and continues to be a key part of the competition.

“I’ll challenge a little bit the coaching philosophies and techniques we have,” Lemanis said.

“Just where I see us having some opportunities for improvement in our system.

“From what I’ve heard, the cup is just a great event, everyone has always spoken very highly of it and it will be fantastic to witness it.”

The competition was first held in 1985 and this year’s tournament will feature 66 teams, 660 players and 90 referees.

Teams will include squads from New Zealand and Oceania as well as Australia.

The cup is held over five courts at both the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre and the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre.

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