Aon New Zealand U15 Coaches named
Posted on Friday, 21 September 2018
Basketball New Zealand has announced the Coaches that have been selected to lead the Aon New Zealand Under 15 National teams that will compete in the FIBA Oceania U15 Championships in December this year, to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
High Performance Director Leonard King says he believes the teams are shaping up to be two of the best U15 teams fielded by New Zealand with a depth of talent right throughout the age group.
“We are excited to get this group into camp and see which players are prepared to put their hand up to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Championships,” said King today.
The top two placed teams at the U15 Oceania Championships automatically qualify for the Asian Championships in 2019.
Aon New Zealand U15 Girls Team
Natalie Visger, Head Coach Aon New Zealand U15 Girls Team
• Association Affiliation: Basketball Otago.
• Teams coached this year: Kavanagh College Senior A Boys.
• Most admired coach and why: “Pat Summitt. She had very high standards and lofty goals for her teams, at a time when women’s basketball was very young in college in the USA. She was a pioneer in the women’s game and a role model for many young people. She is still one of the all-time winningest coaches in the game, men’s or women’s.”
Justine Reed: Assistant Coach Aon New Zealand U15 Girls Team
• Association Affiliation: Harbour.
• Teams Coached This Year: NZ U18 Women’s 3x3 Coach, Harbour Under 17A Girls Head Coach, Harbour Breeze Assistant Coach.
• Most admired Coach and Why: Pat Summitt. Very successful and strong female coach who was able to inspire and motivate her athletes to be the best basketball player and, more importantly, the best person that they could be.
Kaea Samson: Assistant Coach Aon New Zealand U15 Girls Team
• Association: Hibiscus Coast Basketball Association.
• Teams coached this year: Coast U17 and U17 Girls.
Most admired coach: Graham Henry, former All Blacks rugby coach. “In a recent workshop Graham spoke about the number one contributing factor to the success of the All Blacks was ‘TEAM CULTURE’. This aligns with my coaching philosophy I have developed over the years:
o Strong TEAM CULTURE builds TRUST
o TRUSTing team mates leads to EFFORT
o EFFORT leads to SUCCESS. Success in many ways not just results.
o TEAM CULTURE – TRUST – EFFORT – SUCCESS.
Glenda Kaan: Manager: U15 Girls Aon New Zealand U15 Girls Team
Aon New Zealand U15 Boys National Team Staff
Aon New Zealand U15 Boys Team
Morgan Maskell: Head Coach Aon New Zealand U15 Boys Team
Association Affiliation: Hawke's Bay (formerly Harbour).
Teams Coached This Year: Hawks Assistant Coach (NZNBL), Napier Girls’ High School, Hawke's Bay U15 Girls.
Most admired Coach and why: “Kenny Stone. Getting the opportunity to assist and learn off Kenny when I first started out taught me so much about being a coach. Building relationships with players, offensive and defensive tactics I hadn't been exposed to before, how to build culture and how to win. Kenny was a role model for me as a coach and a man that I'll never forget.”
Darron Larsen: Assistant Coach Aon New Zealand U15 Boys Team
Association Affiliation: Manawatu
Teams Coached This Year: University of Hawaii Women's Basketball
Most admired coach and why: “Gregg Popovich. Obviously very successful, but holds every player accountable and gets the best out of all of his players. Also is very outspoken about political issues and what's right and what's not right!”
Brent Matehaere: Assistant Coach Aon New Zealand U15 Boys Team
Association Affiliation: Basketball Otago
Teams Coached This Year: Otago U17 Girls, Otago Boys' High School (1sts, Yr 10A, Yr 9A)
Most admired coach and why: Mel Young and Jim Rear. My High School coaches, who fostered passion and loyalty.
Paulette Leef: Manager U15 Boys National Team