Cooper-Brown to Lead Miners

The GMHBA Ballarat Miners are excited to announce the appointment of Nathan Cooper-Brown as the Head Coach for the next two years.

Cooper-Brown joined Basketball Ballarat in 2015 as the Manager – Athlete and Coach Development in a new role created to oversee the development and execution of coaching and elite player development in Ballarat and the Greater Western Region.

In 2016 Cooper-Brown set about 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.

After setting the foundations of our elite program 2017, Cooper-Brown moved into the GMHBA Miners assistant role and worked alongside Eric Hayes, while also continuing in his role as Manager – Athlete and Coach Development.

With Hayes making the decision to not extend his contract Basketball Ballarat asked Cooper-Brown to present his vison for the Miners program in 2018 and beyond to which he was then appointed Head Coach.

Cooper-Brown said “Ballarat is a wonderful basketball community so I am honoured to be given this role, the Miners have a long and proud history of success, something I’m looking forward to contributing to. Last season was a great opportunity to work with, and learn from Eric Hayes, so I am eager to build on all the great work he has done for the club these past few years. I would like to thank the committee, the Board, Peter Eddy and Eric, for affording me this wonderful opportunity.”

Senior Elite Teams Committee – Miners Chair Simon Walshe said “We pride ourselves on the pathways we create for athletes and coaches and Nathan is a prime example of this. He clearly has the basketball knowledge and after the year he had as an assistant coach with the Miners we feel he is the right person to take our Miners program into the future”.

Walshe added “since David Flint arrived in 2013 our coaching group has had a fantastic culture of not only mentoring each other but willingness to learn and do what is best for the program.”

Walshe finished with “Nathan is someone of high character with extensive exposure to high level basketball. He has a love for his players and provides them with the best opportunity for them to get better as individuals and a team as evident with the 2017 SEABL season with three players being picked up by Melbourne United and the team reaching the Conference Final for the first time since 2003”.

Cooper-Brown will enjoy a short overseas holiday before returning in October to hit the ground running with a big pre-season planned before looking to take the Miners even further in 2018 as well as continuing in the role of Manager – Athlete and Coach Development.

Whilst away the Senior Elite Teams Committee will be looking to retain players from 2017 whilst also adding depth to our program.

Basketball Ballarat will be looking to make player signing, and further coaching panel announcements in the coming weeks.


For more information on the GMHBA Miners or Ballarat Skoda Rush please contact Elite Teams Administrator Melissa Thomas via 5330 7604 or

Nathan Cooper-Brown Coaching and Playing History



Basketball Ballarat (2015 – present)

SEABL Men’s Assistant Coach

Manager of Athlete & Coach Development

Proven development of WNBL/NBL athletes (references available on request)


Basketball Australia (2016 – present)

U17 Men’s Assistant coach

2016 Australian Development Camp Coach


WNBL Bendigo Spirit Assistant Coach (2016)


Basketball Victoria Country (2015 – present)

U18 Boys Assistant Coach (2017)

U16 Boys Assistant Coach (2016 Silver Medallists Australian Junior Nationals)

NPP/NITP Satellite Head Coach


Sandringham Sabres Basketball Association (2001 – 2015)

SEABL First Assistant Coach

Program skill development coach

U18 & U14 Boys Program Head Coach


Wesley College (2001 – 2015)

Boys Varsity Associate Head Coach

Development Squad Head Coach


Basketball Victoria (2010 – present)

U16 Boys Assistant Coach (2014 Silver Medallists AJC)

U16 Boys Development Coach (2012 Gold Medallists AJC)

NPP/NITP Satellite Head Coach

NITP Camp Co-ordinator

Coaching Accreditation Lecturer


Diamond Valley Eagles Basketball Association (2014)

Victorian Youth Championship Men Head Coach

U16 Boys Program Head Coach


Bulleen Boomers (2012-13)

U12 Boys Program Head Coach

Internship with Chinese Women’s National Head Coach Tom Maher


Simonds Catholic College (2012)

Boys Varsity Head Coach

5th in Victorian State Championships 2012



Sandringham Sabres Basketball Association (1996 – 2006)

U16 Victorian Championship (VC), 1996 USA tour (versus high school teams)

U/18 VC

Victorian Basketball League

Australian Basketball Association



Dominican University of California (2003-2006)

Conference Champions (2003-04, 2004-05)

Team Captain (2004-05)

Most Inspirational Award (2004-05)


Victoria Titans Development Player (2000 – 2002 NBL)


Basketball Victoria (1998 – 2003)

U/18 Victoria Metro Squad (1999 Gold Medallists AJC)

NITP scholarship


Nunawading Spectres Basketball Association (1999-2001)

Under 20 VC

1999 USA tour (versus NCAA division 1 Universities)



Wesley College (Secondary School Career 1994 - 1999)

Varsity starter freshmen > senior

Vice-captain Associated Public Schools (APS) Champions 1998

Captain APS Champions 1999

Associated Public Schools representative team 1999