New appointment for Gems coach Dean Kinsman

New appointment for Gems coach Dean Kinsman

Gems Head Coach Dean Kinsman has been appointed as Elite Program Manager for the Sandringham Sabres.

Dean moves to the Sabres with more than 20 years experience, most notably the Head Coach of the Women’s program at the AIS for the past 4 years. Dean has also been the coach for the National Junior Women’s team in their past two World Championship campaigns, leading the Gems to fifth place in 2009, and prior to this was the Assistant Coach for the U21 and U19 National teams.

The Elite Program Manager is responsible for the delivery of a high performance educational and sport specific program for the Sabres basketball program, incorporating age groups of under 12’s through to 18’s.

Dean is hoping to make a big impact at the Sabres. “I’m looking forward to working with the energetic people down at the Sabres, they already have a great team in place. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to enhance the program that is already in place, providing coaches with invaluable resources and up skilling the players in all divisions. I’m hoping this will create an environment that will encourage junior players to continue to wear the Sabres uniform”.

The Sabres will also be teaming up with Dr Petah Gibbs and the University of Ballarat. Petah is currently a lecturer at the University of Ballarat in the field of Sports Psychology, and has over 10 years academic and research experience. Petah has also received many awards and commendations for his doctoral work in the Sports Psychology field.

Michael Burke from Victoria University will also be working with the Sabres in the field of Exercise Science. Michael is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University with many years experience, with expertise in the Ethics and Sociology of Sport.

The club is extremely excited at the level of knowledge now surrounding the organisation and is hoping to achieve great things in the near future.

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