Basketball Ballarat has today announced that former GMHBA Ballarat Miners Head Coach and current Miners Assistant Coach, David Flint has accepted an offer to take over from retiring Harvey Norman Ballarat Rush Coach, Peter Cunningham, as the new Head Coach of the Harvey Norman Ballarat Rush.
Flint has been appointed to the Rush Head Coach role for the next two years after being involved with the Miners program for the past three years.
Chairperson of the Rush Elite Teams Group Kym Cassells in confirming the appointment for the 2016 and 2017 seasons said that “We are delighted to retain David in the Ballarat program. The experience and knowledge he brings to the Harvey Norman Ballarat Rush team will be a huge benefit to the girls and the program overall.”
“His appointment as Head Coach of the Rush will continue our emphasis on player development which will hopefully build on the strong finish in 2015 and see the girls have success in 2016.”
Cassells continued with “David will work closely with existing Assistant Coaches Darren Govan and Lucas Bourke as well as with former coach Peter Cunningham who is moving to a development role with Basketball Ballarat’s junior program”.
Basketball Ballarat CEO Peter Eddy added “to retain David’s knowledge, passion and commitment to our program has been an important goal and we are absolutely thrilled that he has accepted this appointment”.
New Coach David Flint said “My decision to step away from the Miners after three seasons was a decision I did not take lightly, but I am very comfortable with what the men have achieved and where their program is going with Eric as Head Coach.”
Flint continued with “I am excited about the opportunity to be involved in the Women’s SEABL program with the Rush and looking forward to developing the Country Victorian players coming through the Program.”
“Peter Cunningham has done a fantastic job is his three years as Rush Head Coach and I was very impressed with how the team finished off their final 10 games of the SEABL season this year.”
Flint emphasised that “I am looking forward to making an impact in 2016 and beyond.”
Flint has an outstanding record as a coach and player, Flint is second in the Bendigo Braves’ all-time leader in games played and points scored and all-time leader of rebounds, blocks, assists and steals. Flint also led the Braves to their first Championship in 1988 as a playing coach. Flint’s impact in SEABL is undeniable – he was selected to the Team of the Decade 1980-89 as a player and 1990-99 as the Head Coach.
Both the Harvey Norman Ballarat Rush and GMHBA Ballarat Miners will enjoy a break before some players head off to WNBL and NBL clubs while others will work hard off the court before returning for the 2016 SEABL season.