Thursday, September 17, 2015

Michael becomes the 9th coach in Lady Blues SEABL history following on from Steve Matthews.

Coach Brookens joins the Lady Blues program after leading the Albury SEABL Lady Bandits in season 2015.

Frankston Blues High Performance Manager Steve Blackley says Brookens is the right man for a Lady Blues program looking to take a further step forward in season 2016 after an inconsistent 2015.

“Mike Brookens is a great fit for our club and Lady Blues program. He is an established coach with a track record of transitioning junior athletes into senior basketball which is the direction the Blues program is focused on.

"Mike has seen the game from a player and coach’s perspective and will be exactly what our core group need along with our emerging Lady Blues who will see greater opportunities moving forward.” Blackley said.

Brookens believes the Lady Blues are a program with great potential and is thankful for the opportunity to coach a SEABL foundation club with great history in its Lady Blues program.

“I am very blessed to be given the responsibility and accountability to lead the Lady Blues program in season 2016," Brookens said.

"With the new direction in pathways, junior development and stadium expansion I feel it’s a great place to be part of.

"After meeting the off-court team and my working relationship with Steve Blackley which included a SEABL Conference Championship and Runners-Up in Nationals in 2012, I know we have exciting times ahead,."

Blues Chairman Gary Emery said the Frankston Blues is continually looking to improve and be a program that develops its SEABL athletes through the Blues’ Junior program.

“I think it is well recognised around the league that our Lady Blues program has great talent, demonstrated by Kelly Bowen’s 2016 runner-up SEABL League MVP & All SEABL team selection and Maddie Garrick’s League MVP in 2015 & Opals squad selection, but we have probably under-achieved and not been as consistent as we would have liked.

"Our Lady Blues program has a proud history and has won National Titles in 1997 and 2004. Unfortunately we haven’t won a final in over 5 years which is something everyone at the club is pushing hard to turn around with a roster laden with former Junior Blues players we hope continue into high levels of competition.” Emery said.

With the Brookens announcement, Frankston has now filled both its crucial SEABL Head Coaching positions with the club wanting to thank the candidates who expressed an interest in the roles.