Applications open for Taranaki Mountainairs’ head coach and assistant coach

Applications open for Taranaki Mountainairs’ head coach and assistant coach

The Taranaki Mountainairs NBL team has opened applications for a head coach and assistant coach for the 2016 season.

“Over the past two years, the club has worked hard to get back on a solid financial footing, while still providing a pathway for local players,” says Taranaki Basketball Club chairman, Bernie Smith. "We have achieved that, and now we want to focus on the development of our local players and the overall performance of the team. This is an ideal opportunity for someone seeking their first head coach role, or for a seasoned coach who is seeking maybe a longer term gig where they can really build a culture and team.”

Smith paid tribute to head coach in 2014 and 2015, Daryn Shaw, and his assistants, Willie Banks, Steve McKean and Trent Adam.

“Daryn has done a great job for us, with very few resources. We had some good wins in 2014, and many very close matches throughout both years. His recruitment of imports was second-to-none, with the Airs’ Aaron Fuller being the NBL’s leading scorer this year, while Suleiman Braimoh won a record four consecutive ‘Player of the Week' awards last season. Local player minutes increased by 24% and several of the team attained higher honours whilst being coached by Daryn.”

Smith said local player development remained a strong focus for the club and they were open to applications from local coaches as well as others throughout New Zealand or internationally.

Applications can be submitted to Team Manager Mick McBeth, at

Applications close 5pm, Friday 18 September.