PREMIER GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH
Playing career summary, plus highlights:
Attended University of San Diego (1994-98), on a 4-year NCAA DI basketball scholarship. Ten plus years playing in the Women’s National Basketball League for 4 teams. Won 3 National Championships. New Zealand Senior and Junior level representative. Highlight was earning a basketball scholarship to States.
Coaching career summary, plus highlights:
Basketball New Zealand (International Level) 2011 to present, Assistant Coach, placed 2nd at FIBA U15 Oceania Champs, placed 5th at 2017 U16 Girls Australian State Champs, placed 2nd at 2015 U17 FIBA Oceania Champs, Head Coach, appointed Women’s 3x3 for the period 2020-2022, placed 2nd at 2019 U18 3x3 World Cup, placed 1st at 2018 U18 3x3 Asia Cup Harbour Basketball Association (National Level) 2011 to present, Head Coach (Girls), 2020 U17A, 2019 U15A (placed 6th), 2018 U17A (3rd), 2016 U23A (2nd), 2015 Harbour Breeze Women (5th), 2014 U19 (5th), 2012 U15A (1st) Assistant Coach (Girls) 2017 to present and 2014 Harbour Breeze Women (1st in 2014, 2nd in 2019), 2015 U19 Women (1st), 2014 U17A Girls (2nd) Westlake High School (High School Level) 2013-2015, Head Coach and in charge of the overall basketball programme with 100+ students participating, placed 3rd, 4th and 9th at Secondary School Nationals respectively. During the period, had five players that obtained NCAA Division I basketball scholarships and two that obtained NCAA Division II scholarships.
Athletes you have coached that have gone on to higher honours:
From Rangitoto - Brooke Blair, Penina Davidson, Ella Fotu, Sophie Bond, Tabitha Jenkins, Olivia Berry, Sanja Kondic Others: Akiene Reed, Tiarna Clarke, Katelin Noyer, Tangiariki Nicholls, Zara Jillings, Georgia Perrott-Hunt, Olivia Bell, Jordyn Maddix, Tayla Dalton, Emme Shearer, Jazzmyne Kailahi-Fulu, Jess Moors.
Coaching qualifications, or anything special we should know:
Act as a mentor and guide potential student/athletes and their parents with understanding NCAA academic and amateurism eligibility and providing guidance and assistance with the recruiting process. Part of BBNZ’s recently formed Women’s High Performance Coaches Programme. Part of HPNZ Te Hapaitanga satellite programme.
What do you love about coaching Rangitoto teams:
Great kids that are wanting to learn.
What you love about sport and or the sport you coach:
Sport is a great way to provide kids with the skills that they will need to become responsible, well-adjusted, strong adults. I enjoy being able to teach the kids these skills which are more than just learning the Xs and Os of the game.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your team at the school:
Our goals are to remain in the Prems grade and to qualify for Secondary School Nationals. For each player it is for them to be a better player at the end of the season then they were at the beginning, whether it is improving their shooting mechanics, increasing their rebounding numbers or being a better leader on the court.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your sport at the school:
We are rebuilding the programme, so it is all about increasing the number of girls that play basketball at Rangitoto and ensuring that the girls that are involved are developing as players and want to work hard to be part of a future winning programme.
Coaching philosophy or approaches to coaching:
My philosophy is very athlete centred. I want to do all I can to empower the athletes to become the best players and people that they can be.
Any key coaching related/team related quote(s) that you might use:
There may be players more talented than you but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.
Where do you work or what is your do full time job:
I am a tax accountant and work at Deloitte as an Associate Director.
Anything else not covered above that you would like to include:
I am married with two children - my daughter, Akiene-Tera who is currently attending University of Southern California on a basketball scholarship and my son, Jameer Hamiora, who is a Year 9 student at Rosmini College.