Basketball Ballarat today announced the appointment of Nathan Cooper-Brown to the newly created position of Manager – Athlete & Coach Development to oversee the development and execution of coaching and elite player development in Ballarat and the Greater Western Region.

Nathan Cooper-Brown has relocated to live in Ballarat to take up the 3 year appointment.

In the past year Basketball Ballarat has integrated the SEABL and Youth League programs back into the Association’s operations under the Basketball Ballarat banner.

In recent months the Junior and Senior Elite Team sub committees have been working with domestic level program staff and Basketball Victoria elite program staff to develop a structure to support and serve all levels of the sport in regard to coach and elite athlete development.

A critical decision of this review process was to separate this new Manager – Athlete & Coach Development role from an appointment to either of the SEABL Head Coach roles to ensure its focus remains committed to coach and athlete development.

The objectives of this new role are to deliver athlete and coaching services, to ensure the continuous development of athletes & coaches, and to provide an integrated link to all Basketball Victoria Country, Basketball Victoria and regional basketball programs.

The focus of the new role is also to ensure a fully integrated and streamlined Elite Program from U/12 to U/18, Youth League and SEABL Miners & Rush for male and female players, coaches and officials through guiding and implementing the agreed philosophy, performance standards and coaching strategies for all Elite Teams.

In announcing the appointment Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy said that Nathan Cooper-Brown bought a diverse and high level of experience to our program.

Nathan Cooper- Brown was selected after an extensive interview process culminating in a formal presentation to key representatives of all key stakeholder groups last month.

“I’m incredibly excited to take up this role and join the Basketball Ballarat family, it’s a wonderful opportunity to help take the program to the next level”, Cooper – Brown said.

“Being able to sign a 3 year contract is a real bonus and allows me the time and scope to passionately invest in the program and the community, I’m enthusiastic to see just how we can positively shape the program in the near future”

Key coaching experiences and qualifications

Sandringham Sabres Basketball Association (2001 – 2015)

SEABL First Assistant Coach

U18 Boys Program Head Coach

U14 Boys Program Head Coach


Wesley College (2001 – 2015)

Boys Varsity Associate Head Coach

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Development Squad Head Coach


Basketball Victoria (2010 – 2015)

U16 Boys Assistant Coach (2014 Silver Medallists Australian Junior Championships)

U16 Boys Development Coach (2012 Gold Medallists AJC)

National Intensive Training Program (NITP) Coach

Talent/Development/Selection Camp Co-ordinator/Head Coach

Coaching Accreditation Lecturer


Diamond Valley Eagles Basketball Association (2014)

Victorian Youth Championship Men Head Coach

U16 Boys Program Head Coach


Bulleen Boomers (2012-13)

Internship with Chinese Women’s National Head Coach Tom Maher


2014   National Coaching Accreditation Level 2


Victoria Metro U18/ITC (1999 – 2002)

 Nunawading Spectres – SEABL (1999 – 2000)

Sandringham Sabres Basketball – VBL, ABA & SEABL (1997-99, 2000 – 2003, 2006, 2015)

Dominican University of California (2003-2006), Conference Champions (2003-04, 2004-05) and Team Captain (2004-05)

Victoria Titans Squad Member (2000 – 2002 National Basketball League)


2010               Post Graduate Diploma of Education

2008               Bachelor of Communication Design

2006               Bachelor of Graphic Art – Dominican University of California

2001               Diploma of Sports Administration – Chisholm Institute