Monday, September 14, 2015

Grant becomes the 6th coach in Blues SEABL history following on from Simon Giovannoni.

Grant joins the Blues program at an exciting time and brings great experience in the sport as a former player; successful junior team state coach; and most recently at the SEABL level with the Kilsyth Cobras where he was the 2010 SEABL East Conference Coach of the year.

Frankston Blues High Performance Manager Steve Blackley said the selection process for the SEABL Men’s Head Coach was extensive and a challenging process due to the number of high quality applicants.

“Getting someone of the calibre of Grant to our organisation is a huge coup. He is highly respected in the Basketball community and has been a successful coach in the SEABL for over 15 years.

"I would also like to thank Simon Giovannoni for the work he has put in over the past two seasons with our men’s program.”

“Thank you also to Blues Chairman Gary Emery, Frankston Basketball Board member Grant Dennis and Junior Blues coach and former WNBL player Kerryn Mitchell who assisted in the selection process and for their support in making what was ultimately a very tough decision,” Blackley said.

Coach Wallace was equally enthusiastic about his return to SEABL ranks. “I am really excited with the opportunity to be appointed Head Coach of a Club with such rich and proud history.

"I would like to sincerely thank the Board for their faith in me and I look forward to the exciting potential of the Frankston Blues men’s program and building it to be the best program it can be.

"The foundations have been set over the past years for 2016 and beyond to be remarkable." Wallace said.

Frankston Blues Chairman Gary Emery said the Blues Men’s program is in good hands with Wallace in place to lead it over the next three seasons.

“The Blues SEABL program is the flagship representative program of Frankston & District Basketball Association (Frankston Basketball). To have the calibre of coach and person in Grant Wallace join our community is really exciting.

There is a renewed focus on making the Blues program which includes over 40 Junior boys & girls representative teams and two Senior teams, a force again.

"Grant was a great driver while at Kilsyth successfully transitioning Junior Blues athletes into their SEABL program which is something Frankston Blues are looking forward to seeing over the coming seasons – more Junior Blues getting the opportunity to successfully represent our club at the SEABL level.” Emery said.

With the recent release of Frankston Junior Blues Coaches for the upcoming Victorian Junior Basketball League 2015/16 season, further announcements regarding the new coach of SEABL Lady Blues and Junior Blues Coaching Coordinators will be made public over the coming days.