Steve's coaching expertise

COFFS Harbour Basketball Association is proud to once again have engaged the coaching expertise of Steve Markham as the Association's head coach for the under-16 men's teams 2005 Northern Junior League season.

This will be Steve's fifth year with the Coffs Harbour Association in a coaching career which has not only developed players and teams, but also brought many rewards and commendations.

Steve started in 2001 with the under-13 girls' team, and progressed in the following year to head coach for the under-16 men's team.

In what became a gigantic year of competition and travel, the team were exceptionally proud of their efforts, to place third in the 2002 Northern Junior League competition and the under-15 team placed third in the 2002 State Odd Age carnival in Sydney.

In 2003 he was appointed as assistant coach for the Under 18 men's team, who came first in the Northern Junior League and were successful winners of the Division 2 New South Wales Country tournament.

Following on their great victories, Steve not only coached the under-18 men in the 2003/2004 season but also successfully conducted a weekly skills session to develop and hone skills of more juniors.

This year he has his work cut out for him, as he is not only volunteering his time and energies to coach the representative squads, but he has also focussed his time into taking a basketball team across the Tasman at Easter to play ball.

Land of the long white cloud

After much research and organisation, Steve Markham has taken the plunge and with the support of the management committee, entered a team in the best junior international invitation tournament in the South Pacific.

Over the Easter long weekend, this invitational team will participate in a tournament at North Harbour, Auckland, which is conducted for junior basketballers aged 12, 14, 16 and 18 years.

Although it is a huge amount of work to co-ordinate, with parent support, it will be a tremendous experience for the players.

Steve feels that this is only the first step.

"Hopefully if it all goes to plan, other coaches will look at the process and elect to take teams over in the future," he said.

"It would of course depend on the support of the kids and parents, as it is a huge task.

So fund-raising is the current order of the day and with the assistance of the local business community, the squad of 12 will be selling raffle tickets and plan to run a 3on3 weekend.

Bryce Allen, Bill Ballard, Kane Browning, Simon Cross, Mathew France, Charles Huxley, Mathew Lacey, Robert Linton, Thomas Murtha, Mathew Pitkin, Leo Thompson and Luke Wighton, would like to thank businesses for their generous support.

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