VISIT: Basketball Coach Brian Kerle.
VISIT: Basketball Coach Brian Kerle.

NBL legend to help Hervey Bay's coaches in open clinics

A LIVING legend of Australian basketball will visit Hervey Bay for a series of open coaching clinics this weekend.

Brian Kerle coached 456 National Basketball League games throughout his 13-season career, was an assistant coach for Australia and was inducted into the NBL Hall of Fame in 2006.

The key to Kerle's clinics, according to Hervey Bay Basketball Association's Michelle Jordan, is that he will pass on his knowledge to local coaches.

"He did a clinic with us in May last year and it was excellent,” she said.

"His knowledge, his passion for coaching kids, women and anyone involved basketball is fantastic.

"All the kids are keen to learn from him.”

Kerle's clinics will be split into junior male, and all-age female sessions.

It is a reflection of growing female participation in the game, and will allow for players to get the most out of the legendary basketball coach's teachings.

Jordan said there had been a better-than-expected response so far.

"I didn't think we'd get as many people as we have,” she said.

The junior male clinics will be held on Saturday from 9am to 1pm, and Sunday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

The all-age female clinics will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, and 9am to 1pm on Sunday.

The sessions are open to any players.

The clinic was made possible via a Get Going grant from the Queensland Government.



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