The Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced development coach Ash Arnott as assistant coach of the Men’s program.
Arnott has been in a key high performance role with Basketball Victoria for the last four years and will commence in the role at the Centre of Excellence on Monday, September 13.
Incumbent COE assistant coach Nathan Brereton will move to an assistant coaching role with the NBA Global Academy and will continue to work closely with Australian athletes in the program, along with international players within the NBAGA.
A former junior stand-out in the powerful Dandenong and Victorian Metropolitan programs, Arnott had a successful collegiate career before embarking on his coaching journey, serving as a graduate assistant at Grand Canyon University under NBA legend Dan Majerle.
On returning to Australia, he has worked with the basketball program at Berwick College, before taking up the position of Head Performance Coach – Metropolitan Men with Basketball Victoria.
In his new role at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence, Arnott will work closely with program head coach Robbie McKinlay, with a focus on skill and concept development of the young scholarship athletes.
In announcing the appointment, McKinlay said Arnott brought a raft of valuable experiences to the role.
“We are extremely excited that Ash has decided to join the COE program, as he brings a tonne of energy and extensive experience to the role,” he said.
“His experience as a Division One college assistant coach and his great work with Basketball Victoria will allow him to be a great mentor for our young athletes.”
Arnott said he was appreciative of having worked in one of the elite development settings in Australia in his role at Basketball Victoria and was looking forward to his new role.
“I want to thank Basketball Victoria for the opportunity and support they have given me over the past four years in the high performance role,” he said.
“It has been a dream of mine to be part of the Centre of Excellence and I look forward to further developing my own coaching in one of the leading basketball programs in the world.”
The Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence is based at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and is a fully residential program for identified athletes 16-19 years.