Stacker named AIS men's head coach

Stacker named AIS men's head coach

The Australian Institute of Sport has continued its tradition of employing excellence by appointing Ian Stacker as head coach of the AIS Men’s Basketball Program.

Stacker, who was Basketball Victoria State Director of Coaching for 12 years, has spent the past three seasons as assistant coach at the Melbourne Tigers.

Previously he was head coach of NBL franchises the Townsville Crocodiles and the Geelong Supercats.

Stacker was also head coach of the triumphant Australian under-23 team that won gold at the 1997 World Championships in Melbourne.

Stacker said he was delighted to be given the opportunity to work at arguably the best sporting institution in the world.

‘The AIS is regarded throughout the world as being at the forefront of elite athlete development and the Institute’s basketball program is testament to that reputation,’ Stacker said.

‘I’m looking forward to helping build Australia’s future in the basketball arena through the development of talented junior players.’

AIS Director Professor Peter Fricker said Stacker was well equipped to take the Institute’s men’s basketball program forward through his vast experience and expertise.

‘Ian is one of Australia’s outstanding coaches who will help build on the strength of a world class basketball program,’ Professor Fricker said.

‘With an intimate knowledge of Australia’s elite basketball pathways he is well placed to guide Australia’s talented young athletes in their quest for excellence.’

‘The AIS, through the partnership between the Australian Sports Commission and Basketball Australia, continues to help strengthen Australian basketball through the development of talented young athletes.’

‘The Institute’s proud record of developing players such as Andrew Bogut, Nathan Jawai and Patrick Mills is testimony to the quality of the program.’

Basketball Chief Executive Larry Sengstock welcomed the appointment of Stacker.

‘The quality of the applicants for this position was truly exceptional, with some top Australian and international coaches considered for the position,’ Sengstock said.  ‘Ultimately, Ian’s extensive experience and demonstrated success made him the preferred candidate and it is a selection that Basketball Australia is only too happy to endorse.’