Chizik, Hibbert & Veal to Present at Women in Coaching Clinic

Posted on Feb 26 2020

Three of the leading female coaches in Australia will present at the FIBA Oceania Women in Coaching Clinic, to be held in Canberra Friday, April 10 as part of the FIBA Asia Under 16 Girls Championships.

Former Australian Opals assistant coach Lori Chizik will join Sydney Uni Flames WNBL mentor Katrina Hibbert and BA Centre of Excellence coach Kristen Veal in presenting at this special free clinic for female coaches, being run in partnership with FIBA Oceania and Basketball Australia.

The clinic will be held 10am – 12noon on Friday, April 10 at Belconnen Basketball Stadium, with attendees then welcome to attend the medal games of the FIBA Asia Under 16 Girls Championships that are being played at the BA Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport.

Each coach will present for 40 minutes on floor, then there will be an opportunity for coaches to ask questions and discuss various aspects of coaching. The clinic is FREE to female coaches and is suitable to coaches of all levels within the sport.

Interested coaches can register by e-mailing either FIBA Oceania Development Manager Annie LaFleur or Peter Lonergan at Basketball Australia

Lori Chizik was the 1996 WNBL Coach of the Year and has extensive international experience, having been an assistant for the Opals 2013 – 2016 and also working with numerous junior national teams over the last decade.

Chizik has contributed significantly at every level of coaching in Australia. having worked at the association level, coached junior state teams and the senior level in both the WNBL and NBL.


Katrina Hibbert is a former two-time WNBL Most Valuable Player and Australian representative and was drafted in the 2000 WNBA draft after a stellar collegiate career at Louisiana State University.

In transitioning to coaching, Hibbert has claimed gold medals at the Australian Junior Championship Lebel and enjoyed her debut season as a WNBL head coach in 2019/2020 with the Sydney Uni Flames.

Rounding out an impressive trio of presenters for this unique coach development opportunity is Kristen Veal, who is currently the head coach of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence program.

A WNBL Life Member and four-time WNBL champion, Veal has the youngest woman to play in the WNBA after being drafted by Phoenix in 2001.

The talented point guard has made a highly successful transition to coaching, working with the Basketball Victoria High Performance program before accepting the role at the Centre of Excellence. Veal has also enjoyed green and gold success, being an assistant coach of the gold medal World University Games team in 2016.

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