Basketball New Zealand has announced three of four 3x3 coaches tasked with taking New Zealand teams to FIBA 3x3 Asia Cups, FIBA 3x3 World Cups, and the Youth Olympics.
Leading the charge is World Champion Head Coach Anthony Corban, who continues in the position as he has done for the past seven years. Having won multiple Gold medals at world championships in the past, Coach Corban will lead our Open Men’s National team to the FIBA Asia Cup in Shenzhen China (29 April to 1 May), the Open Men’s World Championship in Manila (8 to 12 June), and to some of the new 3x3 Hustle tournaments in Australia.
Leanne Walker will lead the open women’s national 3x3 squad. Walker is a former Tall Fern and a world class performer in her own right in the five-on-five traditional format of the game. She is not a stranger to the 3X3 format, having coached the women’s junior National team last year. Leanne will take the Open Women’s National team to the FIBA 3X3 Asia Cup in Shenzen.
Karl Noyer has been appointed as the Junior Men’s National Team Head Coach. Karl is a former New Zealand 3x3 representative, has no-less than three 3x3 Quest Tour Championship to his name including the 2018 title, and he coached his Auckland University side to a National 3x3 title last weekend. One of Noyer’s tasks will be taking the New Zealand U18 men’s side to the 2018 Youth Olympics, being held in Argentina in October, as well as the FIBA U18 3x3 Asia Cup in September.
Basketball New Zealand High Performance Manager, Leonard King, says 3x3 is an important part of FIBA’s basketball strategy and Basketball New Zealand has fallen in behind that vision, with eyes for Olympic qualifications and FIBA medals.
“We are thrilled to announce this coaching line-up, which would have to be considered one of the best coaching cohorts in the world for the 3X3 version of the sport,” said King today while in Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games.
The only remaining vacancy, the girls’ Junior National Team Head Coach, is yet to be named.