By Lance Jenkinson
Werribee Devils have moved to re-sign title-winning coach Reece Potter for the next two Big V Basketball women’s state championship seasons.
The signature of Potter became a priority in the off season after he led the newly promoted Devils to a premiership in their first season back in Victorian women’s basketball’s top flight.
The Devils had an incredible run to the top, culminating in a series win over Keilor Thunder in the grand final.
Potter, head coach of the Devils women’s program since 2017, is thrilled to extend his tenure.
“To win the championship last season was a great thrill,” Potter said.
“I’m excited by the challenge of trying to back it up again next year.
“What has been really pleasing is alongside the on-court success, the players have understood the importance of community engagement and enjoyed fantastic support from huge numbers of junior players and their parents, particularly through the finals series.
“There’s a lot of work to put in to try and go back-to-back, but I’m up for it and I know the team will be too.”
Potter has incredible experience for someone considered so young in the coaching caper.
The 27-year-old has coached at WNBL, SEABL (now NBL1), junior Australian teams and the Vic Metro at the national championships.
He was the 2018 Basketball Victoria coach of the year.
Werribee Basketball Association president Paul Jones believes both the women’s and men’s senior teams are in safe hands.
“Winning the 2019 women’s championship was an outstanding achievement by our players and coaches, so having the championship-winning coach back to lead the program for another two years is exciting for our Big V program,” Jones said.
“Alongside our new men’s coach John Dorge, it’s a fantastic head coaching panel that we know are the right people to drive the program onwards and upwards.”
The Devils women’s coach panel will be rounded out by assistant coaches Corey Michailidis and Liam Paul.