BASKETBALL: Ex-Australian representative Fiona Hannan has been appointed coach of the Sunshine Coast Phoenix women's team.
The dual Olympian will take the reigns of a team which has largely struggled in the Queensland Basketball League for the past few seasons.
It finished 13th of 14 teams this year but it's hoped Hannan can imprint a heightened sense of determination within the team.
"It takes great dedication to achieve what she has we are hoping she can instil this in our program,” Sunshine Coast Basketball Association coaching director Darren Best said in a press release.
"We expect there to be a buzz around the women's program this year as the former Opal takes charge.”
Hannan says she'll leave no stone unturned.
"My experiences with the Opals and the other elite programs I was a part of have taught me that good basketball and a good career - as a player or indeed as a coach - is about relentless pursuit of refinement of every detail of how the game is played,” she said.
Hannan has linked with the Phoenix after coaching stints in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland.
She claimed a bronze medal with the Opals at the 1996 Olympics before representing her country in handball at the 2000 Games.
The 47-year-old believed there was plenty of potential within the SCBA.
"I see the future of the SCBA QBL women's program being in the juniors the association has already invested so much in developing,” she said.
"Our QBL women's program is the pinnacle of our junior representative system and we want to show faith in those players with talent who are willing to do the work and step up to the next level.
"We will balance these players with some experienced senior players and look to build the program over the two year period I have committed to.
"The emphasis will be on development of players and of the program as a whole.”
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