Posted on Apr 15 2018

Leaders from the fields of playing, coaching, officiating and mentoring will present in a special panel discussion as part of the 2018 Basketball Australia Coaches Conference to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport May 7 and 8.

Former Opals Olympic and World Championship mentor Carrie Graf headlines a panel that will discuss “Leadership and Mentoring for Female Coaches” as part of the conference, which will attract coaches from throughout Australia.

A WNBL life member and multiple championship winner, Graf is an icon of the sport in Australia, having coached in the WNBA and been at the helm of the senior national team for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic games.

She will be joined on the panel by former WNBL player and now WNBL referee Michelle Cosier, who has successfully made the transition from elite player to elite official in recent years.  A WNBL champion and national junior team player as an athlete, Cosier is now officiating in the WNBL and elite junior pathway.

Leading coaching leadership consultant Liz Hanson will also be part of the panel.

For over a decade, Hanson has been the Client Director at Athlete Assessments, an international consulting company specializing in the ‘people side of sport’. Clients include some of the top US College athletics programs, professional and Olympic teams and Australian national sporting bodies.

For over eight years, Liz has been a faculty member of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Women Coaches Academy in the United States, teaching three programs per year.

Rounding out the panel is WNBL life member and championship winner Gail Henderson.

Henderson was a stand-out player with, before moving into a successful coaching career at the elite junior and school level in Sydney. She has also had two daughters progress through the junior pathway to the US collegiate system and brings a wealth of experience at all levels of the sport.

The panel discussion will be held in the Ric Charlesworth Theaterette at the AIS and will be a key element of the Coaches Conference, which includes on-court presentations from leading coaches and a keynote from FIBA’s World Association of Basketball Coaches Patrick Hunt. Registrations are still being taken for the conference.

Register for the Conference here.

Download the Conference Schedule here.

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