Australian Patrick Hunt gets top FIBA coaching job

Australian Patrick Hunt gets top FIBA coaching job

One of Australian Basketball’s foremost coaching experts, Patrick Hunt, has been appointed President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) for a four-year term from 2010 to 2014.

Hunt, who currently holds the position of Applied Technical Advancement Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport will now lead and direct all WABC activities for FIBA.

‘The ASC is delighted to see this appointment,’ said Acting CEO and AIS Director, Professor Peter Fricker.

‘It is recognition of Patrick’s international standing as a leader in his field. It is one more honour for Patrick, who has done so much for basketball in particular, and sport in general.’

The aim of the WABC, which Hunt will now oversee, is to raise coaching standards worldwide through organising and conducting coaching programs such as clinics, courses, and seminars and develop coaching resources.

Hunt will lead WABC to collaborate with representatives from each of the five FIBA zones: Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania. These representatives will form the WABC Executive, with an advisory group being appointed in the next two months.

The role builds on his extensive experience, coaching and representing Australian basketball at the national and international level and representing the Oceania zone on the WABC Executive Board since 1994. Hunt has been with the AIS since 1981 in basketball coaching and development roles and is currently working in a technical development role serving AIS coaches.

The appointment was announced at the recent FIBA World Congress, conducted at the Men’s World Basketball Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.