Former NBL player Adam Caporn joins BA Centre of Excellence

Former NBL player Adam Caporn joins BA Centre of Excellence

Former NBL player Adam Caporn has been named Associate Coach of the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence (CoE) men’s program.

Caporn joins the CoE after serving as an Assistant Coach for US collegiate program, the Saint Mary’s Gaels, where he worked with current Australian Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova.

Excited by the opportunity to return to Australia, Caporn said he was looking forward to the opportunity to work with the next generation of talent coming through the ranks.

“I am excited and honoured to be joining Basketball Australia and the CoE,” Caporn said.

“The CoE/AIS has always been a very special program to me and I am proud to be working with Andrej (Lemanis – Australian Boomers Head Coach), the CoE staff and athletes to contribute to its rich history and tradition.

“I don't believe there is any greater honour as an athlete or a coach than serving and representing one's country and I am very thankful to Andrej and Basketball Australia for the opportunity.”

A talented guard out of Western Australia, Caporn attended the AIS from 2000 to 2001 before becoming the first Australian to take up a basketball scholarship at Saint Mary’s College.

He played two seasons with the Gaels, captaining the team in his sophomore campaign, before returning to Australia in 2003.

Caporn got his chance in the NBL with the Wollongong Hawks, playing three seasons at the club before joining his hometown Perth Wildcats in 2006.

At 27, Caporn called time on his playing career, stepping into coaching as a scholarship coach at the AIS in 2009. Saint Mary’s Head Coach Randy Bennett added Caporn to his staff in 2010, where he has served for four seasons.

Australian Boomers Head Coach Andrej Lemanis said Caporn’s experience in developing young talent at the AIS and at the collegiate level would bring significant value to the program.

“Adam is an intelligent, exciting young coach and I feel privileged that we were able to lure him back from the USA,” Lemanis said.

“For Adam, the opportunity to work with Australia’s best young developing players and help them in their journey to be Boomers is an exciting challenge and one he couldn’t pass on.

“Adam has a passion, intelligence and knowledge for the game which is perfect for the position. I know he has much to offer these young men and I know he is excited by the prospect.

“With his skill set and personality, Adam will be a tremendous asset for our program and the wider basketball community.”

As part of his role, Caporn will serve as the Head Coach of the CoE Men’s team competing in the SEABL.

Also joining the Men’s CoE program as Caporn’s Assistant Coach is Markus Klusemann.

Currently the Technical Assistant Coach for the Australian Gliders national women’s wheelchair basketball team, Klusemann brings vast experience in high performance programs with the Jayco Australian Opals during their 2012 London Olympic Games campaign, the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL and most recently, the Australian Paralympic Committee as part of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.