Coaching Director - Darren Best
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The Sunshine Coast Basketball Association's Coaching Director, Darren Best, has played basketball all around the world. In 2015, he decided to join the Suncoast Clippers men’s QBL program. The experience has obviously been a good one, leading to the decision to call the Sunshine Coast home. Sunshine Coast basketball will be the winner as he brings his experience to the Sunshine Coast basketball community.
Darren completed his junior development as a Melbourne Tigers junior, after which he took up a four-year scholarship at York College in the US, achieving “All Conference Player” status. Darren has since returned to play for the Melbourne Tigers and the Bulleen Boomers in the ABA, played in a “Thailand All Tournament Team”, was recruited to play for the Chelsea Gulls in the UK Div 2 league where he was awarded the MVP, and more recently played in England Div 1 in an “All Import” Team in Manchester, UK.
During his time travelling the world playing basketball, Darren has become an experienced coach and referee. He recently attended the 2015 Queensland FDP training camp as a representative of SCBA. During this camp, he was evaluated by Leonard King as a Level 2 coach under the Basketball Australia accreditation system. He is a Level 3 coach under the England Basketball system. Following on from this, Darren was recently appointed Coaching Director of SCBA.
Darren has coached in the Victorian equivalent of Queensland’s BQJBC with success, and is excited to be given the opportunity to take the reins of this important role in SCBA’s inaugural year. He ran a basketball academy in the UK during his time there. His key role will be to develop a program for the development of our juniors on the Sunshine Coast, working with the affiliated clubs under SCBA. The program will look after junior development coordinating programs, from Aussie Hoops through to the soon-to-be-rolled-out Sunshine Coast Phoenix Basketball Academy. Darren will be in charge of developing our coaching, overseeing the Junior Rep program and being involved with our elite athletes, working with the State Performance Program’s Sunshine Coast arm.
On his appointment, Darren said:
"I am excited to join the Sunshine Coast Basketball Association and look forward to helping build their Junior program from strength to strength. Having played around the world, I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to the team. I have been overwhelmed by the passion and experience of the team of volunteers keen to see Sunshine Coast basketball working together to achieve bigger and better outcomes for the kids. "
Darren Best was announced as SCBA's Junior Coaching Director on July 17, 2015.
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