“We are very excited to have Mark back at the club,” Manager of Basketball Operations Mark Watkins said.

“His knowledge and experience along with his success at both the junior and senior ranks will be a valuable asset to Kilsyth.”

Landells will take charge of the reigning champion Cobras, who won their second VYC title in the past three years with a 71-67 win over Dandenong in August. And although Kilsyth will get significantly younger for the upcoming season, Landells has proven he can work with young Cobras rosters in years past.

No stranger to championship games himself, Landells had tremendous success leading Kilsyth’s SEABL men during the late ’90’s and early 2000’s. During his six year stint with the Cobras (1998-2003), Landells reached the postseason on four occasions, highlighted by reaching back-to-back National Championship games in 1999 and 2000.

Those teams featured several young Cobras who would later flourish at both the SEABL and NBL level, including Adam Jackson, current Assist PT Cobra Gerard Leonard, Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer DJ Taylor, and former Australian Boomer and NBL star Luke Kendall.

“His record speaks for itself and is a reflection of his strong team and individual player development,” Watkins added.

“Coaching our VYC Men’s team will help those players prepare for elevation to the SEABL team in years to come.”

Landells and his group will begin their off-season work shortly as they prepare to continue their run as the VYC’s powerhouse.

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