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Assistant Coach & Director of Basketball Development

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Assistant Coach & Director of Basketball Development – The New Zealand Breakers

The New Zealand Breakers have an enviable record of success in the National Basketball League (NBL) with eight playoff appearances in the last 11 years; leading to five grand finals appearances and four championships. In February 2018 the long-term owners of the team announced the sale of the team to a notable global consortium.

The consortium is headed by former NBA player Matt Walsh, along with partners Adam Goodman, Romie Chaudhari, Dan Katz and also Shawn Marion (an NBA Champion and four-time NBA All Star). The consortium has an impressive background of Sports club ownership; Chaudhari is a part-owner and director of English Premier Club Swansea City, with Walsh also a shareholder of the club.

The consortium was attracted by the team’s excellent culture, its track record of success in the NBL, combined with the growth of basketball in New Zealand and the world class city of Auckland. Importantly, they have high regard for the turnaround of the NBL led by the Kestelman group in recent times. The NBL is one of the growing leagues in world basketball and enjoying record crowds and levels of interest. They believe the league is only going to continue to get stronger.

Following a review of Basketball operations the Breakers have created a key role in their High Performance Function. The role has a dual focus on both the Breakers Elite team in addition to their Basketball Development and Pathways program.

The role will report into the General Manager and support the Head Coach in a wide-ranging remit. They will be responsible for;

  1. Coaching and individual skills work with the NZ Breakers team
  2. Strength and conditioning with Elite team
  3. One on one skills work with Elite team
  4. Management and Coaching of Breakers Youth Elite and Development Training programmes
  5. Management and Delivery of all Community programmes with the Elite Team

Key Attributes:            

  1. Ability to coach high level basketball skills at professional athlete level
  2. Ability to develop and run strength and conditioning programmes
  3. In-depth knowledge of technical aspects of basketball

Main Tasks:                 

NZ Breakers Coaching

  1. Coaching during NZ Breakers training sessions and games
  2. Individual skills training with NZ Breakers elite team
  3. Running on-court strength and conditioning sessions with NZ Breakers players


  1. Development and implementation with Community Coach of annual Community engagement plan with Elite team.
  2. Performance measurement of Community programmes for Elite team                           

Breakers Youth Development

  1. Development and implementation of Breakers Youth Elite Training and Development programmes.
  2. Performance measurement of Breakers Youth Elite and Development programmes.

The Process

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How to Apply

To apply, you should send the following:

  • Letter of application highlighting relevant experience
  • Up to date curriculum vitae

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