Thursday, November 2, 2017


Following the announcement of Grant Wallace as the head coach of the men’s SEABL team, the DVBA is pleased to announce the support staff for season 2018.

Marcus Todd joins the bench as an assistant coach, “I am thrilled that Grant and the DVBA have given me the opportunity to be part of the inaugural Diamond Valley SEABL men’s team. As a junior, playing both domestic and rep basketball at Diamond Valley, I had to move clubs to compete at this level as no such pathway existed at the time. It is an honour to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of my club’s SEABL program, in turn providing a high-level pathway for my children, their teammates and club mates, within their home club.”

Dee Butler joins the bench in a different role this year as an assistant coach. Dee returns for 2018 after previously coaching our Senior Women’s team for the last two years, “I am stoked to be on board the inaugural men’s SEABL program and really excited for this next chapter for DVBA. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with and learning from Grant who has been at the helm of SEABL programs before and has vast experience in diverse coaching environments.”

Charlie Fyffe completes the staff taking the final assistant coaching position. “I am thrilled to join Diamond Valley for their inaugural SEABL season. It is great to have this fantastic opportunity to work with Grant, Marcus & Dee and I look forward to the success we will have together for this season and beyond.”

“I am really excited by the high calibre of assistant coaches we have assembled for the SEABL Men in 2018,” said Grant Wallace.

“All three in Dee, Charlie and Marcus provide high end basketball I.Q. and are all well respected within Diamond Valley Association and the larger Victorian Basketball coaching community.  Each Coach brings a different perspective and mind-set which I am sure will provide for many informative debates during the year. Most importantly all three are amazingly good people and we all cannot wait to get on the floor!  Add to this staff Braden Cotter who is looking after the Youth League men’s team and we have an exciting coaching roster for the SEABL year ahead.”

DVBA Director of Coaching Alan McAughtry is excited about the staff for our 2018 SEABL Men, “It has been an exciting time helping put this staff together, it offers a wealth of experience with Grant Wallace leading the team. Having Marcus Todd stepping into the role of AC will definitely bring some defensive grunt and passion to practice while helping Grant prepare the team. Dee Butler moving into the role of AC with the men continues to show the opportunity the program offers it’s coaches. Finally having Charlie Fyffe back in a familiar role after spending time with our senior men for two years, is a great opportunity for him” – Alan McAughtry DVBA Director of Coaching.


Joining Zoe Carr, women’s head coach of the Diamond Valley SEABL team, Rob Coulter joins the bench as an assistant coach bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Rob has been a staple of the Diamond Valley Basketball Association having coached within the junior domestic competition for Greenhills Beavers, Watsonia Warriors, St Thomas Hawks and Diamond Creek Creekers, as well as the Junior Eagles boys program for nearly 2 decades.

“It is really exciting to be a part of the first women’s SEABL team at Diamond Valley.” Coulter said. “It provides a great pathway for junior athletes to aspire to. Having been at Diamond Valley for nearly 20 years, it makes me proud to be a part of this program.”

Another stalwart of the area joins the team as an assistant coach in Sam Thornton. Sam returns home to us from the Bulleen Basketball Club and is also the current U16 Victoria Metro women’s head coach. As a player, Sam was a part of the Opals that competed at 2 World Championships in 1990 and 1994 and played 230 WNBL games.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work again with Zoe, Rob and Jacqui, and looking forward to being part of this exciting new SEABL team.” Thornton said. “It is a great challenge for us all, to not only implement a successful on court package in the short term, but to also ensure that the culture and values of the Diamond Valley Basketball Club are upheld.  For me, it is also a chance to return to the basketball club where I first learnt to play this great game, and to repay my gratitude!  Go Eagles!”

Jacqui O’Neill completes the staff taking the Development Coach position. Well and truly a part of the furniture here at Diamond Valley, Jacquie has taken the U14 Diamond Valley Eagles girls to the last 3 Australian National Club Championships and is also an assistant coach to the U16 Victoria Metro women’s team. Jacqui is excited to gain valuable experience to transfer to our junior Eagles girls.

“I am excited to be involved with the senior program at Diamond Valley. I grew up playing at the club and I loved starting my coaching career here. I am thrilled at the opportunity to progress my coaching as well as help promote a pathway for our Junior athletes”

“I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing staff. It is rare to be able to have this amount of knowledge and support on the one bench and I couldn’t ask for better representatives of the DVBA and the northern region, to help lead us in our inaugural season.” Head Coach Zoe Carr said. “We are all very excited to get started.”