Our People

The Sport Department is comprised of a team of Sport Co-ordinators dedicated to driving and facilitating the successful delivery of sport at all levels at our school. We are also acutely aware that “it takes a village” deliver sport at New Zealand’s largest secondary school and as such Rangitoto is grateful to have some of the very best people actively involved in its sport programme. From dedicated teachers and volunteer parents, to some of New Zealand’s most regarded coaches with National level playing and coaching experience, this community strives to create the very best sporting experiences for our students and stakeholders.​

Kenny Stone

PREMIER BOYS BASKETBALL COACH
Kenny Stone
Playing career summary, plus highlights:
Drafted by Portland Trailblazers in NBA (1987) Part of 5 NBL championship teams
Coaching career summary, plus highlights:
2 NBL Championships with Auckland Stars, U15 and U17 National Championships with Harbour Basketball, 2 High School National Championships with Rangitoto
Athletes you have coached that have gone on to higher honours:
Isaac Fotu, Tai Wynyard, Sam Waardenburg, Brayden Inger, Dan Fotu.
Coaching qualifications, or anything special we should know:
Experience
Any special links to the school…e.g. family:
My three sons have all gone to Rangitoto College, with Cameron on the 2017 Rangitoto National Championship basketball team, hitting the game winning shot to win the final.
What do you love about coaching Rangitoto teams:
Seeing the development of the kids; the support from the school
What you love about sport and or the sport you coach:
The way it brings kids together, develops friendships, teaches skills that are valuable in life outside of sports.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your team at the school:
Represent the school positively on and off the court. Compete for a national championship
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your sport at the school:
Continue to grow the participation levels and see development from year 9 through to 13.
Coaching philosophy or approaches to coaching:
Provide structure that will help the team be successful, work with the players to improve their skills, and ensure they enjoy the experience.
Any key coaching related/team related quote(s) that you might use:
There is no short cut for hard work.
Any coach mentors you may have and why:
No mentors, but I have taken something from the different coaches I have had.
Where do you work or what is your do full time job:
Contact Centre Manager for IAG

Nick Elder

BOYS 1ST XI HOCKEY CO-COACH
Playing career summary, plus highlights:
Blackstick debut 2017, 22 tests. NZ u21 player 2012-2014. NHL player 2010-present, southern alphiner 2020.
Coaching career summary, plus highlights:
Rangitoto 1st XI coach 2018-present. Mayhill cup champions 2019 North shore united premier men assistant coach 2018- present. North harbour premier champions 2019 North harbour u18 head coach 2017-3rd at national’s North harbour u18 assistant coach 2016, 2nd at nationals Long Bay 1st XI coach 2016,2017.
Athletes you have coached that have gone on to higher honours:
Michael Lamborne NZ 18s Adam Banks NZ 18s Dylan Stevenson NZ 18s & 21s.
Coaching qualifications, or anything special we should know:
I have a bachelor's of sport management and a diploma in exercise studies and leadership.
What do you love about coaching Rangitoto teams:
Access to great facilities -The boys attitudes when it comes to taking on opposition schools, they never want to be beaten! The players willingness to learn and develop as hockey players and as people.
What you love about sport and or the sport you coach:
I love winning and the competitive edge which hockey brings out in people. The social side is the most important part, I have made a lot of good friends through both playing & coaching hockey. I like that hockey is a fast sport and requires a lot of athletic ability.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your team at the school:
Compete with the big schools in Rankin Cup over the next year. Then look to move higher and higher up.
Coaching philosophy or approaches to coaching:
Create an enjoyable environment to learn and a strong team culture.
Any key coaching related/team related quote(s) that you might use:
``the dumbest question is the one that isn't asked``
Where do you work or what is your do full time job:
Territory Sales Manager for Watties (Kraft Heinz)

Jamie Sowter

PREMIER NETBALL ASSISTANT COACH
Playing career summary, plus highlights:
Netball - Mount Albert Grammar, Auckland Age Group (U15,U17,U19) Representatives. Currently still playing Women’s Premier Netball for Waitakere City Rugby Netball Club. Athletics - Auckland Representative and NZ Medallist in 400m, 200m, 4x100 and 4x400. Touch - NZ Nationals Champions while at school.
Coaching career summary, plus highlights:
Coached Netball for the past 10 years - Have previously coached the Premier netball team in 2018 and now again assist coaching the premier girls (2021). Manager of Premier Girls Volleyball - HIGHLIGHT- Both boys and girls team winning Auckland champs and girls placing 3rd. Being part of the volleyball family in the most successful year we have ever had.
Coaching qualifications, or anything special we should know:
Netball Community Coaching Certificate and Umpiring badge.
What do you love about coaching Rangitoto teams:
We are starting to build a culture where the teams take pride in putting on the Rangitoto uniform. We are determined and never shy away from a challenge.
What you love about sport and or the sport you coach:
I love that netball is a competitive sport. It is a sport that can be played long after you leave school. It requires both skill and athleticism. I love the culture that Rangitoto Volleyball has created. Ex-students are wanting to come back to the school to help with the volleyball programme in any way they can. There are opportunities for students to play both socially and competitively, which allows so many more students to take part in the sport. I love that sport allows a platform for students to be recognised outside of the classroom and to highlight their strengths.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your team at the school:
Create Culture where the girls are proud to represent the school - Teaching the girls to do their job - not focus on the win. The win will come if they do their job - Goal - To stay in A grade at UNISS.
Goals, aspirations, focus areas for your sport at the school:
To create a netball programme that is appealing to girls at intermediate. Have a netball culture that is successful, but also that many girls want to be a part of. Always taking pride in wearing the Rangitoto jersey in whatever context you play in.
Coaching philosophy or approaches to coaching:
You play sport to win. Every training should have a meaning or a purpose. You want the athletes to walk away having learnt or accomplished something regardless of how big or small. It is also really important to not only help students succeed within their sport but also to help encourage them to succeed in all aspects of their life.
Any key coaching related/team related quote(s) that you might use:
A good coach can make her players see what they can be rather than what they are.
Any coach mentors you may have and why:
Gina Coombes - past coach Gina was the first coach that I had that ever put an emphasis on fitness. I have the belief that having a good fitness level is incredibly important for everyday life and if you are wanting to be a successful athlete you need to have a solid base of fitness. Gina is incredibly passionate about health and fitness and also the sport of netball. As a coach she always made trainings relevant and worthwhile. We walked away from every training having learnt something, even once we had left school. Gina was honest and never beat around the bush, this was to get the best out of her players.
Where do you work or what is your do full time job:
Rangitoto College Physical Education and Health Teacher, Kahui Ako In School Leader and Sports Leadership and Development.

Justine Reed

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.

RANGITOTO SPORT

Our vision for Sport at Rangitoto College is to create vibrant, connected sport communities. A place where students can make friends, experience new challenges, sports and activities, maintain a healthy lifestyle and for competitive athletes; strive for excellence. As a springboard for opportunity, Rangitoto provides a large number of sports for all levels and abilities ranging from social sport to National Championship winning teams. In 2021 alone we boast three national championship winning teams in swimming, sailing and volleyball as well as many regional and national podiums, plus New Zealand team selections

Facilities

Our sporting facilities are among the very best in New Zealand.

Sport Performance Academy

Improving the skill level of players who have the potential to become elite competitors.

Sport Staff

Meet the team in the Rangitoto Sports Department