2017/18 Jets VJBL Coaching Appointments

The Sunbury Jets Basketball Association is pleased to announce the coaches for the 2017/18 VJBL Junior Jets representative season.

After a rigorous process the Junior Jets committee has appointed a strong field of coaches across all age groups. We are extremely happy with the retention rate from last year and the program is going from strength to strength. We have appointed coaches with WNBL and State team experience as well as Big V and Basketball Victoria High Performance coaches.

After a review that took place in 2016/17, the SBA will again be implementing the same policy in regards to selection of players and coaches. This year the SBA is not allocating coaches to specific teams until after the trials. This is to ensure we uphold the highest possible amount of integrity and transparency in our player selection process. Additionally all try-outs are closed to non-coaching parents to prevent any influence or manipulation of coaches or players during the trials.

The player selection panel will be made up of the coaches in that age group and the following panel members:


Kennedy Kereama – SBA Director of Coaching

Chris Tighe – SBA Junior Development Officer

Josiah Smith – State Championship Women’s’ Assistant Coach


Once teams have been selected the coaches will be assigned to the team that their qualifications, experience and ability is best suited to in that specific age group. Parent coaches only willing to coach their children will be assigned to the team their child is selected for. It is also important for all participants to understand that this year from the age groups of U16’s to U18’s there may only two teams per age group or less dependent on player or coach numbers. There are a number of reasons why the SBA has come to this decision. The primary motivation behind this decision is that we would like to have more coaching resources available to coaches and players who make either a one or two’s team in these age groups.

This year the SBA will be endeavouring to appoint an age group mentor to each age group. This person will offer support by attending various trainings and games and in some age groups this may be an independent person who will not be an appointed coach. However in some cases may be a coach within the age group already. After experimenting last year with our first team coaches being the age group coordinator, we will be implementing this again. It is expected that the age group coordinator will assist in networking and resource sharing with all coaches in their age group. They will monitor the players in all teams in their age group and offer support and suggestions to help all improve. They will also be expected to work with age group mentor coaches. It is expected that all teams in the age group will adopt similar philosophies, strategies and tactics in line with the “Jets Style of Play” and coach’s handbook produced by Kennedy Kereama and Chris Tighe.

It is mandatory for all coaches and assistant coaches who have not completed a National Coaches Accreditation to do so before commencing coaching this season.

Please see the link below the 2017/18 Jets Coaches & a brief outline of their experience (in no particular order).

2017/18 Coaching Appointments 




Sunbury Braves Basketball
Dodgers Basketball Team
Gisborne Basketball Club
Lions Basketball Club
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Sunbury Rebels Basketball Club
Rupertswood Basketball Club
Saints Basketball Club
Superoos Basketball Club 
 Hawks Basketball Club
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