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

Under 12 -1 Girls – Daniel Quick

Daniel returns to the program after a couple of years off.  Daniel started playing basketball at 5 years of age playing domestic basketball with Fosters Phantoms and continues today.  He began coaching when he was 16 in the after school basketball competition.  Soon after that he began coaching domestic basketball with Fosters Phantoms coaching both boys and girls. 

In 2004 he was an assistant to the 12-1 Cobras girls, he assisted for 2 years learning a lot about how to coach.  He became head coach of the 12-1 boys in 2006 qualifying for VC.  His second year in 2007, his U12-1 boys finished 7th at the Classic and 5th in VC.  In 2008, the 12-3 boys finished 4th after losing the semi final in East 1 after a successful season.

Daniel is a coach who can communicate and relate to all ages and gender. Who believes in freedom with-in structures and development through experience.

Under 12 -2 Girls – Scott Leahy

Under 12 -3 Girls – Tania Sumner

Tania has over 30 years of playing experience and has coached domestically in both junior boys and girls.

She has been coaching at Kilsyth in the junior girls program since 2008, twice winning the Nunawading Tournament and runners up in the Eltham Dandenong tournament in 2009.

Specializing in individual skills and good teamwork, Tania has had great success with the development of the first time U10 players.

She is also an A grade Referee.

Under 12 -4 Girls – Julie Noble

Julie was an assistant coach in 2009 with under 16.3 girls. Lead coach under 12.3 girls in 2010. She has many years experience coaching at domestic level from miniball through to under 14 girls for both SEBC and Fosters. Coached after-school basketball for manys (boys and girls) as well as Hoop Time teams. Julie coached the Hoop Time State Champions grade 3/4 girls in 1999 and grade 5/6 girls in 2001.

Julie belives that if you teach good fundamental skills to younger age groups, you build a solid foundation for a successful basketball future.  She places a strong emphasis on correct defence.

Under 12 -5 Girls – Brandon Menze

Brandon has been playing basketball since the age of 6 at the domestic level and for 3 years at a representative level. Last season, Brandon received his Long Service Award from his domestic club in recognition for playing 20 continuous seasons. He has coached both boys and girls for the past 3 years at the under 12, 14 & 16 age levels. Brandon has completed his level 1 coaching course and enjoys the challenges and rewards coaching brings.  He is looking forward to his season with the Cobra’s girls under 10 development squad and has been impressed with the enthusiasm demonstrated during the skills clinics.

Under 14-1 Girls – Rhiannon Dingley

Rhiannon played with Kilsyth Cobras for 10 years before becoming an assistant coach with the 14.3 girls in 2008.  In 2009 she coached the 14.4 girls and took her group forward in 2010 coaching the 14.2’s. Her 14.4 girls made finals and came 5th in 2009 and her Under 14.2 girls this year finished runners up.

Rani pushes her girls by doing a lot of fitness work in training or extra training sessions at various places such as Lilydale Lake, 1,000 steps, swimming laps etc. She makes sure the girls have a great understanding of the game, so that they can read the play b and make the right decision. She values team players, who train hard, play hard, listen and cheer on their team mates.

Under 14-2 Girls – Ashlee Docherty

Under 14-3 Girls/Lead Coach – Ben Turner

Ben enters his eighth season as a Kilsyth Cobras coach.  He has been invovled with the U12, U18 and U14 programs during this time.  Over the past three years he has been Lead Coach with the U14 Girls program and the 14.1 Coach. Ben was an ITC Network Coach at Kilsyth for six years and won three National Titles with the Victorian Metro State teams in 2007 (U16), 2008 (U18) and 2009 (U18).

Ben completed a Bachelor of Applied Science Sports Coaching and Administration from 2002-2004 completing his honours in 2005 by preparing a thesis titled: Timeouts in Elite Australian Basketball.  He has travelled to the USA twice on Study tours visiting some of the top College and NBA programs.  In 2005 he spent three weeks coaching the U18 Kilsyth Cobras girls USA tour group. In 2010 he assisted Ed Dunstan with the D League Women helping to take the team to the finals.

He is looking forward to working with three up and coming young coaches in 2011 in the U14 program and believes that they will do an outstanding job leading their teams.  With an emphasis on individual offensive development and shot technique those U14 players who commit themselves to working hard and becoming good players will develop a great skills foundation in the game.

Under 14-4 Girls – Tarryn Hockins

Tarryn played for the Kilsyth Cobras between 2000-2006. In 2009, she was assistant coach for Steve Sutherland for the under 12-2 girls playing in VJL1 and in  2010 again assisted Sutherland with the 12-1 girls making the VC Finals and the Classic.

Outside of Kilsyth,Tarryn has coached for Mt. Evelyn Meteors since 2007. During this time she has coached girls from under 10s to under 14s and at A, B and C grade.

Tarryn believes that if you play harder in defence and you will be rewared in offence.

Under 16-1 Girls – Kelvin Taylor

Kelvin has 12 years VJBL coaching experience starting at Kilsyth in 1998.  He was an NITP coach for 4 years and assistant Big V Coach at Bulleen for 2 years.

Kelvin coached Australian representatives Hannah Kaser and Alex Sheedy while he was a Head Coach at Dandenong before returning to Kilsyth in 2008 to coach the 14.1 Girls.  He has coached the 16.1 girls the past two years taking his team to the Classic in both years.

He coached on two USA College Tours playing at Indiana, Minnesota, San Francisco and St Mary’s.

His philosophy is Defense wins games, wins championships.

Under 16-2 Girls/U12 Lead Coach – Shawn Sumner

With over 35 years of playing experience Shawn is a past Junior and Senior Player with Kilsyth Cobras.

Shawn has more than 25 years of domestic coaching experience in junior boys and girls as well as senior men and women.

As a coach at representative level, Shawn has coached seven season both at Kilsyth and Warrandyte within the Junior Programs, and been the Lead Coach for the Cobra U12 girls since 2007.  In the 2007-2008 season Shawn coached the Cobras 12-1 girls to runners up in Victorian Championship.  Shawn is an accredited Level 1 Coach, specializing in shot technique, ball skills and defense.

Shawn is a past president of the Kilsyth Referees Association and an A Grade referee.

Under 16-3 Girls – Russell Noble

Russell first coached Cobras in 2002 taking the U12-5 boys, in 2005-2006 he was assistant coach with the 18-1 girls, 2007 assistant coach 20-1 girls, 2008 assistant then head coach 16-3 girls, 2009 head coach 16-2 girls, 2010 head coach 16-3 girls.

Russell has been involved with seniors at Kilsyth twice serving as an assistant coach in 2007 and 2010 with the D League woman.

Russell is a defence minded coach looking to develop hard running defensive minded team players.

Under 18-1 Girls – Dave Newton

Dave started coaching senior women 13 years ago at Keilor with the VBL Division 1 team.  He coached at Whittlesea for a year coaching senior women before returning to his junior Club Coburg to coach the Championship women’s team for 3 years. Whilst at Coburg he coached the U/18 girls team and oversaw the girls program. Dave has been in charge of the Men’s Victorian Defence Basketball Team that competed in the National Titles in Toowoomba.

In 2010 Dave coached the Kilsyth U/16-2 girls team.  The team travelled to Adelaide for the Easter Classic where they won the title on a 7-0 record, he have also been involved with the early morning camps run by the club that help develop the skills of our juniors.

Dave’s philosphy is to Play as hard as you can and Defence is the Key, if you can play defense, you can stop anyone.  To develop the juniors basketball skills but more importantly their knowledge and understanding of the game.

Under 18-2 Girls – Sandy Nelson

This is Sandy’s third season coaching in the Girl’s Program at Kilsyth. In 2009, he was assistant coach to Jason Knight with the SEABL Women’s team, which was a great experience.   Prior to coming to Kilsyth, Sandy was coached in the Girls Program at Ringwood for three seasons.    Sandy  has been a successful coach, winning three premierships out of five seasons coaching in the VJBL. 

Sandy’s philosophy in Basketball and Coaching is defense.  Defense would be the strongest focus he has with his teams.  For each year he has coached, his teams have held the best defensive record in their division.  He believes defense will win you games. 

Under 20 Girls – TBD

D League Women and Upper Age Lead Coach – Ed Dunstan

Ed started coaching with the Kilsyth Cobras in 1991 and enters his 21st year with the club in 2011. Originally a coach with the boys he swapped to the girls program 1995 when he was offered an assistant role with the Kilsyth Lady Cobras SEABL team. In 1999 he was appointed as Head Coach of the SEABL women, he served as Head or Assistant Coach until 2005 during one of the most successful eras in the Club’s history.  He and close friend Gary Fox were instrumental in leading the Club to the 2002 National Title. During this time Ed also served an assistant coach with the Dandenong Rangers WNBL team for 5 years and during this time he was part of two championships and experienced basketball at an International level as the assistant and a head coach.

Ed has been head coach of the “D” League women’s team for three years and will continue with this team in 2011. During the time he has been involved in basketball generally he has found that the most successful teams & player are those who work hardest at what they do whether individually or as a team.