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Waight signs on to coach future basketball stars

By Lauren Bordin

Josh Waight is moving up the coaching ranks.

The coach of the Shepparton Gators’ Country Basketball League men’s side will take on a development role with the under-18s Victoria Country team this year.

Waight will be an assistant coach of the side after performing the same role with the under-16s last summer.

Having also been in the program for a further two years as team manager, Waight was excited to be working alongside head coach Lucas Allen (Southern Peninsula) and fellow assistant coach Ryan McKew (Ballarat).

‘‘I worked with him (Allen) before. I was his team manager for a couple of years, he’s really easy to work with and I’m looking forward to learning a lot from him,’’ Waight said.

‘‘I’m looking forward to it, it’ll be different but in saying that I’ve been working with them (under-18s) but in a different role.’’

Tryouts for the Victoria Country squad are approaching and Waight will search for 20 of the most talented basketballers to form two sides for the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury.

‘‘From there (Albury) we’ll pick a side of 10 players and five emergencies and then we’re straight into it, we’ll train Sundays for about 10 weeks leading up to nationals,’’ Waight said.

Training will take place in Melbourne as well as regional towns and Waight will do all this while coaching the Gators in the CBL.

But he is excited by the prospect of filling the weekends in summer with basketball.

‘‘It’s good, it’ll keep me busy and on my toes, they (Vic Country and CBL) go hand-in-hand and can complement each other, and what I learn from the 18s, I can put into the CBL,’’ he said.

Shepparton’s season starts with a double header weekend when the Gators host Myrtleford Saints on Saturday, October 27, before travelling to meet Wallan the following day.