Bello strikes gold with Alex
By GREG WHITE
THE Bellingen Valley Basketball Association has struck paydirt with the appointment of Alex Morgan-Lowe as its new full-time development officer.
The youthful veteran of a six-year professional career, Morgan-Lowe started in his new position last month.
"The Newcastle Falcons took me on as a junior player in 1992 and things went from there," Morgan-Lowe said.
After reaching the Falcons' senior team, Morgan-Lowe had a short stint on the American college circuit before joining the Gold Coast Rollers.
Next stop, Mackay, before his last ABA professional game in 1998 with the Cairns Marlins.
"The prospect of coaching in the pro league may be attractive to a lot of people but I see my future working with the kids," Morgan-Lowe said.
"I love coaching because I can put back some of what I enjoyed over the years."
Morgan-Lowe said he was excited at Bellingen Valley being a new association and the opportunity of working towards putting a fresh style on his young charges.
"I want to work on the fundamental techniques so that the kids can play really strong basketball," he said. "I firmly believe in developing the kids and want to nurture talent where others have ignored it."
During his playing days, Morgan-Lowe began a process of gathering qualifications with one eye on a coaching future.
"I've gained Level One accreditation with that special interest in juniors," Morgan-Lowe said.
Having already started work with the under-15 boys representative team, Morgan-Lowe hopes to foster a strong player/coach relationship.
He's also keen to open his doors to those outside of the valley.
"Development opportunities to all basketball players," he said. "Even those registered with another association."