We have brought Building Better Basketball back for a second season. After the first season during lockdown on the video format we have made this one the more traditional audio format (at least initially although we do have video!).

You can find the link to download the episodes here. This should then let you have the available episodes in your podcast player and wherever you listen you should be able to subscribe!

The guests this season are;

Cody Royle– World renowned Coach Developer and Australian now based in Canada who talks about all his research into coach support and mentoring

Fleur McIntyre – Current Sydney Kings Assistant Coach who also has a fascinating journey to where she got to and lots of lessons from external to the court.

Jordan Ligons – An American content creator and ex College player who during lockdown was working for MOJO sport to create content for Community level parents and coaches. She has a fascinating story herself and has written and created some incredible articles on Basketball and the community.

Brooke Hepburn – Former Professional Cricketer and Junior Rep Basketballer for Tasmania, now working for Speak Up Stay Chatty, a Mental Health Charity in Tasmania specifically working with youth sports teams, parents and coaches. This is a must listen for all coaches regardless of level.

Cam Tradell – Neil is joined by Cam Tradell to talk about the new courses and resources being created by Sports Australia, the challenges of being a community coach and some tips on how you can improve yourself. Cam touches on his experiences coaching and educating coaches across the world in a number of sports and also shares some insights from some icons of Australian sport.

Peter Eddy – There is not much Peter Eddy has not seen in the world of Basketball, from Volunteer to CEO to Life Member to now being a Councilor involved in significant government decisions around the infrastructure of Basketball. Peter shares some of his tips and insights into working with volunteers, engaging with local government and creating strong and healthy clubs and associations for the betterment of the sport.

Jason Gunn – Jason is an expert in communication. A lifetime spent talking to a camera will help with that! Jason is also a passionate volunteer sports coach and has worked with a number of high performance sports teams in his native New Zealand. In this chat with Neil, Jason talks about shares his tips for unconfident communicators, how to make what you say really engaging and most of all to remove any fear of talking and sharing what you know in your head with those you want to improve

Owen Eastwood – Owen Eastwood is a performance consultant and author  who’s book ‘Belonging’ many coaches have devoured recently. Topping the charts around the world, it’s crammed full of story telling and take home messages for coaches at any level.  Owen has worked with some of the very best teams and organisations both in the UK and abroad so look forward to a real enjoyable listening experience.

Jack Fleming – This weeks guest started at the roots of the grassroots and last season reached the top of the tree with the Tasmanian Jackjumpers in the NBL. Jack Fleming talks with Neil about his journey, what’s stayed the same regardless of level and what he has had to change. He touches on how he continues to develop himself as a coach and gives a glimpse into the work that went into starting a successful NBL culture from scratch!

Clinton Meehan – Helping Hoops started over a decade ago, as an idea to provide children and young people with a different pathway to access basketball. Helping Hoops is collaborative and ambitious in their approach to community. The programs may still only operate in Melbourne, however their mindset and standards are of a global nature, partnered with Nike and Ben Simmons Foundation. We are lucky enough to be joined by Executive Director Clinton Meehan to talk about the program and their journey past and present

JP Nerbun – In 2017, JP initially started Thrive On Challenge as a blog, and it grew into a sports consulting business in 2017. He has served coaches, athletes, and parents across the world, at every level and in every sport you can name. Regardless of their sport, level, or country, he knows that all coaches need support. Listen in for another fascinating chat about Basketball and Coaching

Sarah Rowe and Zach Schwartz – A special double header episode spanning the whole globe. Neil talks to AFLW superstar Sarah Rowe about how she has become an elite multi sport athlete, her work off the field mentoring and supporting both coaches and athletes and how Australia fairs in terms of sport especially for young girls from her perspective. Then Neil is joined by Zach Schwartz who’s face many of you will have seen on multiple NBA social media sites and Zach talks about the different way social media is used in sport in America at all levels and for our community coaches who are probably running the socials themselves this could be full of gold!

Alex Auerbach – Neil is joined by Alex Auerbach the Senior Director of Wellness and Development at the Toronto Raptors in the NBA to talk about his role at the highest level, how it can transfer down to community sport, his partnership with a previous guest and most importantly the Question of the Podcast!

Peter Downs – Peter is Founding Director of The Inclusion Club and Manager of Play by the Rules – a national initiative to promote safe, fair and inclusive sport. Peter has worked for over 25 years in the field of inclusive sport, disability sport and physical activity including 17 years managing the Australian Sports Commission’s Disability Sport Unit.  Peter joins Neil to talk inclusion both in coaching and in sport in general.

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If you have any suggestions for future guests or feedback please send us an email at neil.gray@australia.basketball


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