Written Greg Dawkins, photos by USC Basketball.
USC Rip City Basketball has appointed Warwick Wilson as the club’s Director of Coaching with an eye on both player and coach development.
Coach Wilson brings a wealth of experience to the role, where he will be responsible for leading the club’s junior and senior programs and athlete development pathways, overseeing coaches development and management; implementing performance programs; and creating a positive culture that builds a growth mindset among the players and coaches.
USC Rip City Basketball President Matt Nason said the time was right to hire a coaching director to help nurture the young talent just starting out on their basketball journey all the way through to taking the NBL1 sides to the next level.
“We feel confident that Warwick is the perfect fit for the position and will help lead USC RIP City Basketball in an exciting and positive direction, ensuring quality development of players of all ages and levels within the club,” Mr Nason said.
“Warwick has shown his passion and enthusiasm in developing athletes on the Sunshine Coast for a number of years and we’re excited to see what he can do with the dedicated and enthusiastic coaches and players at Rip City.”
Coach Wilson has hit the ground running by finalising the selections of the Under-16’s programs for the upcoming SQJBC State Basketball Representative Season, the rolling out of Rep Ready Program for aspiring athletes wanting to get work in before our Under-12’s and Under-14’s representative selections and working with the Little Rippers Basketball Program designed for athletes from under-8’s to under-12’s.
“Although the coordination of these programs is paramount to developing our association, my focus will also be strongly on Coach Education. It is important to educate our coaches as they not only will help influence our athletes but they are also role models for these young men and women. I want to build a team of experienced and educated coaches and develop our coaching culture and philosophy,” Coach Wilson said.
After leaving the Director of Coaching role at Sunshine Coast Phoenix in 2020 for health reasons, Coach Wilson took some time to step back, focus on himself and his family. Earlier this month, Mr Nason offered Coach Wilson the Director of Coaching position with a focus to give athletes and their coaches the opportunity and pathways to progress their basketball while living on the idyllic Sunshine Coast.
“To be given the opportunity to help lead USC RIP City Basketball while they continue the fantastic work that they have done throughout The Sunshine Coast is an honour,” Mr Wilson said.
“Basketball on the Coast has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. This is what I am about, improving athletes and coaches and helping them achieve their basketball goals. After taking a few days to think about it and speaking to my family, I realised it all fits with what I believe in and the opportunity to continue to develop young men and women on the Coast was something I could not pass on.”