2011 Tryout Information – please note all players must register to tryout.

Under 12 -1 Boys and Lead Coach – Michael Dwyer 

The 2011 representative season will be Michael’s 4th Coaching for Cobras, the 3rd as Head Coach, all in the Boys U12 age group.  He has assisted Rod Popp at ITC for a season and is a Level 2 basketball coach.  Domestically, he has coached Boys A grade at U9, U10, U11 & U12 age groups over the last 4 years and have previously played Men’s A grade basketball.  He believes in continual professional development and regularly attends coaching clinics and training sessions run by renowned coaches.

As a coach, he is very team orientated and has a particularly strong emphasis on both individual and team defence, and on team offensive structure.  Michael’s aim is to develop young players by teaching the fundamentals and more advanced concepts of footwork, body movement and ball handling on both sides of their bodies and eliminating bad technique at an early age.  

Under 12 -2 Boys – Gary Maddern

Gary commenced Coaching in 2005, when his youngest son, Sam commenced playing at the age of four for Maroondah Magic. During this time he has had some success winning the Under 9A, 10A Reserve flags and runners up last season in 10A.    Over this time the players have developed their individual and team skills to be a very competitive Unit.   

Gary’s coaching experience has progressed and he completed his Level 1 coaching accreditation and have been assistant coach to the Warrandyte Venom 12.4’s and 12.1’s     He am also a keen observer of all coaching sessions that both his son’s are involved in with the aim of improving his own coaching techniques.    

Gary is looking forward to the new season and the challenges of coaching.    His aim will be to make it as enjoyable as possible, whilst developing all players so that they can build on their current skills and be ready for under 14’s next season.

Under 12 -3 Boys – Craig Linton

Craig have been playing domestic basketball for 20 years and still plays 4 nights a week.  He has been coaching for Fosters Phantoms for 13 seasons. This will be his second season as a Cobras Coach.

His goal as a coach is to try and teach the boys to be confident in themselves, to learn to play as a team and to improve their shot technique, after all all young kids love scoring a basket and most of all have fun doing it.

Under 12 -4 Boys – Matt Pakoti

Under 12 -5 Boys – TBA

Under 14-1 Boys – Malcolm Allison 

Under 14-2 Boys – Adam Bull

Coaching philosophy
To unlock the raw talent hiding within the junior cobras of today,
and manipulate that talent to help them become key players tommorrow.
Areas of focus
Flexible defensive strategies
Individual role specific training
Basketball basics reconditioning
Team structured offensive plays
Increasing player attributes
Situational training
Playing Experience
20+ years of playing experience
9 of which were with our club Kilsyth Cobras as a guard in the top level
Coached by the likes of Peter Withers and Neil Smith.
Our Cobras team won the U12-1 Metro championship.
1999 USA Cobras tour against high school teams and in tournaments.
Coaching Experience
2010 Debut coaching year Assistant Coach Kilsyth Cobras U14-1 with Peter Withers
2010 Assistant Coach finals contender U14-1 Cobras (currently in progress)
2010 Assistant Coach Ballarat Tournament U14A Champions.

Under 14-3 Boys – Rob Dielemans

Under 14-4 Boys Interim/Lead Coach – Peter Withers

Under 16-1 Boys – Michael Flink

Under 16-2 Boys – Adam Knott

Adam has been playing for Kilsyth Cobras since 2002, when he started at age 12.  He then began coaching last year with the 14-2 boys. This season they have had a relatively good success, by winning both the tournaments they have been involved in including the Eltham-Dandenong tournament and the Nunawading tournament.

The team finished 3rd making the preliminary final. Although he hasn’t had much direct coaching experience, his experiences as a player in ITC sessions and camps along with experiences in teaching at kilsyth camps and clinics within primary schools has allowed him to develop strong philosophies and ideas about the game.  Adam is known for his passion for team defense while aiming to develop not only skilled but also intelligent players.   

Under 16-3 Boys Jye Allison

Under 18-1 Boys – Gavan Meager

Under 18-2 Boys Interim – Tim Mulhall

Under 20 Boys – TBD

D League Men and Upper Age Lead Coach – Rod Popp