Mitchell to lead Lady Blues into new era
The Frankston Blues basketball program is thrilled to announce Simon Mitchell as its SEABL Lady Blues Head Coach for seasons 2018 & 2019. Mitchell takes over from former coach Mike Brookens who departs to the program with a 18-26 (40%) win loss record.
Currently an assistant for NBL franchise Melbourne United, Mitchell returns to the Blues after spending a number of successful years as the program’s Basketball Operations Manager.
Blues Chairperson Chris Beattie said Mitchell’s appointment commences a ‘new era for our Lady Blues program’ while anticipating ‘a more detailed approach to athlete development and managing game night performance expected from a team underpinned by a culture of high performance.’
“Simon was the perfect fit for the path our club is on. One of Simon’s strengths is in athlete development which we believe is a key area of focus for our club with the emerging talent we have as well as bringing a high level of expertise to game night management and identifying trends in the modern game. On behalf of the club I officially welcome Simon back to the club as Lady Blues Head Coach and know our athletes are in great hands now and into the future” Beattie said.
With planning well under for season 2018 including try-outs planned for SEABL & Youth League sides scheduled for mid to late November, the Lady Blues program looks to take another step forward in season 2018 after a disappointing finish in season 2017 after making the playoffs in 2016.
Mitchell , who in his role as Frankston Basketball’s Head of Basketball Operations, oversaw the development of a number of former senior Blues athletes now enjoying NBL & WNBL careers, said he was ‘thrilled’ to be returning in an official capacity to the Blues.
“The career opportunity to return to the NBL and Melbourne United 3 years ago was too good to pass up, but did come with a tinge of regret that I would be leaving a program and position with Frankston Basketball that I enjoyed thoroughly during my time there. Now being in a position where I can contribute to one of the great basketball institutions, I feel very fortunate to support the re-emergence of the Lady Blues program which is steeped in history that includes winning national titles in 1993, 1997 and 2004” Mitchell explained.
Having successfully coached men’s and women’s teams previously including winning Big V championships with Sandringham in the late-2000s, Mitchell was pragmatic saying “I have been coaching basketball for 20 years and in that time I have coached mostly senior men’s teams. However, I have never considered myself a men’s, women’s, junior or senior coach…..simply a basketball coach.”
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