Friday, October 9, 2015

Heading up the SEABL Men’s program will be Sinisa Markovic.  Markovic is a world renowned skills coach and has been the Sabres Elite Coach for the past four years. 

Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Markovic has worked with leading European players and teams, including the Russian Club teams CSKA Moscow and UNIKs Kazan. 

Known for his ability to develop players, Markovic is seen as the perfect fit for a Club that is committed to the development of players and coaches from beginners to elite. 

Working alongside Markovic with the Sabres Youth Championship Men will be David Mitchell.  David has been a Sabres man for 26 years, either as a player or as a coach.

 After taking a year off from the Sabres Juniors program, David returns for his Rookie Year at the Youth Championship level. 

Mitchell has extensive playing and coaching experience to bring to the job. He both played and coached at Adams State in Colorado before playing professionally in Ireland for a number of years. 

Dave then returned to the Sabres and has coached Junior Sabres teams whilst also having involvement in the Victorian State team program at Australian National Championships.

The Sabres Women’s program will once again be led by Paul Graham.  Graham has been at the helm of the Sabres SEABL team for the past one and a half seasons, establishing a desirable culture centred on player development and commitment to the Club. 

Working with Paul in the development of Sabres Juniors into Senior players will be new Youth Championship Women’s Head Coach Joanne Wood. 

A former stand-out SEABL player, Wood (nee Meyers) has been coaching Junior Sabres teams for a number of years and was named Sabres Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011. Her coaching development has seen her win an under 12 VC title and a runners-up at the under 14 National Championships in 2014. 

Sabres CEO Mark Chivers said, “WE are pleased and excited with our Senior Coaching appointments. Our Coaches are people of great character, integrity and respect. They have all demonstrated the ability to mentor our players both on and off the court and we are looking forward to our Senior Coaches continuing to provide pathway opportunities from Under 9s to Elite level basketball."

Coach Graham is also delighted to see the leading scorer in the competition return for another year.

Smart led all scorers in 2015, averaging 23.9 point per game at 46% from the field, including 39.6% from the three point line (2nd in league).  Brittany also shot 80% from the free throw line.

Playing as a shooting guard, the relatively diminutive Smart was also a surprising force on the glass for her team, averaging an impressive 9.1 rebounds per game, finishing 12th in the league in that category. 

Brittany will spend this off-season playing in the WNBL as an import for the Melbourne Boomers. 

Coach Graham will be hoping to announce more signings in the near future to rebound from a 3-19 season that saw many close games go the wrong way for the Sabres.