After three years in charge of the Kalamunda Eastern Suns senior men’s program, Head Coach Michael Clarke will stand down this month. During his tenure, both the SBL and the Div1 teams steadily improved, winning more games each season. The SBL team won twice as many games as they did in the previous three seasons and have become a genuine playoff contender. The Div1 team made this year’s Grand Final, narrowly missing out on the championship after an exciting contest with the #1 ranked team.
Michael will hand over the reins satisfied that a solid foundation has been laid. “I am most proud that we focused on Suns people playing Suns Basketball”, he said. “Now we need an injection of new energy to ensure that we continue to get better and reach our goal of making the playoffs”. Michael intends to turn his attention to junior player development at the domestic level. “I’ve spent the last 10 years straight coaching at the WABL, US college and SBL levels”, he said. “I want to get back to the grass roots of the game and set an example of how to properly develop young players”.
The Suns’ SBL Director, Shaun Alvar, commended Michael on his valuable contribution to the Club over an extended period. “The Kalamunda Eastern Suns would like to sincerely thank Michael for his enthusiasm and commitment to bringing a unique and exciting style of basketball to the men’s program over the last three years”, he said. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and will welcome his contribution in developing our junior players within the association”.
A search for Michael Clarke’s replacement will begin shortly so that no time is lost in maintaining the program’s momentum.
Media Release by Kalamunda Eastern Suns
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