Peter Godfrey has been appointed as Head Coach of the NBL1 Kilsyth Cobra Men for the 2020 season.
Godfrey returns to Kilsyth for the first time in five years, having coached the Cobras at the Big-V VYC and SEABL levels between 2006 and 2015. Godfrey has spent the past four years in the Big-V, leading Hawthorn to back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Big-V Championship division in 2019 and 2018. Godfrey’s success at the Big-V level saw him named the Big-V State Championship Coach of the Year in 2018 — the third time he has claimed league coaching honours since 2014.
Godfrey spent eight years with the Cobras as the Men’s lead Assistant Coach (2006 to 2013), playing a key role in leading the Cobras to a regular season title in 2010 and conference runners-up in 2017. In 2014, Godfrey took over the reigns of the VYC Cobra Men, guiding Kilsyth to the league’s best record and a Grand Final appearance in 2014, before going one better in 2015 as he led the Cobras to VYC championship.
Godfrey’s stellar two-year stint in the VYC saw him claim back-to-back VYC Coach of the Year honours, in addition to being named the Basketball Victoria Coach of the Year in 2015.
The former Cobra is thrilled to return to the place he once called home, with Godfrey acknowledging his time away as a Head Coach in the Big-V has prepared him well as he embarks on his new journey as the NBL1 Men’s leader.
“It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to coach the NBL1 Men at Kilsyth,” Godfrey said.
“It’s a proud and storied club where I previously spent ten great years. My time away has been invaluable from a head coaching perspective, spending the past four years grinding away in the Big-V.”
With his deep ties to Kilsyth, Godfrey plans on honouring the club’s rich history each and every time the Cobras step foot on the hardwood. And with his teams in past years known for their hard-nosed, unselfish style of play, Godfrey has the Cobras poised for a successful season ahead – both on and off the court.
“My aim is that we will be fun to watch play and the fellas will play for one another,” Godfrey added.
“As custodians of the ‘mighty red and black’ we’ll honour the jerseys on the wall, the sponsors in the boxes, and the Kilsyth juniors and faithful supporters in the stands.”
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