After an extensive selection process and some outstanding applicants, Grant was chosen to take on the position from retiring GM Dick Thomas. Dick will retire from work in early February after a 31 year association with Kilsyth.
With management roles at Basketball Stadiums Victoria, Leisure Services and Facilities – City of Whittlesea and most recently with Youth Hostels Association in Victoria, Grant possesses extensive management and leadership experience as well as detailed history within the sport of basketball and appreciation of Kilsyth’s proud history.
Kilsyth Basketball is a diverse organisation involved in the management of Australia’s largest basketball association, two stadiums and two licensed club venues. With current redevelopment plans for Kilsyth Stadium in place Grant’s extensive experience in facility management will be invaluable.
Grant is no stranger to Kilsyth, having coached the Cobras Men in the SEABL since 2004. Prior to 2004 he was as Assistant Coach with the Victoria Giants in the NBL and SEABL Head Coach at Nunawading for seven years. Grant has successfully managed a high performance coaching career with a series of professional management roles and raising a young family.
Retiring General Manager Dick Thomas said “Grant is a very astute and capable young man, he has a vast sporting and business knowledge, essential experience required for the position. We are very, very confident that Kilsyth Basketball will benefit and prosper under his leadership.”
Grant is excited about coming into the role and understands the challenges he faces to keep the Kilsyth Basketball moving along as Dick has done for the past 9 years. “I am proud of the past success Kilsyth has had, Dick and the team have created an exciting platform which will guarantee success in the future,” said Grant.
“I feel a little like Matthew Knights with the high expectations of taking over from the great Kevin Sheedy. The many milestones that have been accomplished and the outstanding efforts of Dick will be, and should be, treasured and remembered by the Association and community at large forever.”
“For me personal, I am looking forward to getting into the role and working with the passionate and loyal staff and volunteers to take the next step in our journey.”
Kilsyth Basketball welcomes Grant and his family; wife Rachel, and sons Mitchell (aged 10), Riley (8), Tyler (6) and Jed (2), into the position and looks forward to their continued involvement as part of the Kilsyth Basketball family.
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