Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Bellamy’s Launceston Tornadoes are excited to announce the appointment of Ben Rush as Head Coach of the club for the next two SEABL seasons.




Photo courtesy of the Mercury.

Rush was a standout candidate identified by the club and comes to the role with impressive credentials in basketball coaching.

He has an extensive basketball resume that includes international coaching experience in Europe, three years coaching at the Australian Institute of Sport and was Hobart Chargers Men’s Head Coach in 2015.

Since returning to Tasmania in 2012 Ben has been heavily involved with Basketball Tasmania’s development programs in the North where he has worked with a number of the promising juniors who are likely to be on the Tornadoes 2017 roster.

Rush believes he can continue the momentum that has been building over the past few seasons.

“I have seen many of the younger girls develop their game over the past few years through Basketball Tasmania’s State Development Program and I am looking forward to helping them further develop their skills and integrate into the Tornadoes program.

"The club has done a fantastic job with the team over the past few seasons, developing the individual players, the teamwork and the culture, and I aim to continue that progression. 

"I bring a passion for developing players, and will work hard to enhance the program that is currently in place for the long term success of the Tornadoes Basketball Club”.

The Tornadoes Chairperson Janie Finlay said, “the Board is excited to announce Ben as our Head Coach for the 2017 and 2018 SEABL seasons. 

"After such a steady development of the club over the past few years it was important that we found someone who we knew had the experience coaching at this level and would work to continue to drive the club forward.

“We were extremely aware of the need to find someone that would continue what we have developed here.

"With Ben the board believes this will be a smooth transition, with Ben holding similar values to that which our previous coach Reece Potter had and a desire to develop local players who will become Tornadoes into the future.”

Rush will commence his role with the Tornadoes in late January when he will conduct the first local tryout session. 

Details of the local tryouts will be published soon on the clubs website and Facebook page.