IT’S not every day you’re going to see top Australian coaches joining our local mentors like Gilas Pilipinas bench tactician Yeng Guiao, multi-titled PBA coach Jong Uichico and ex-national youth team coach Eric Altamirano in one venue, sharing the expertise and giving pointers to people who are serious students of the game.
Starting this weekend, these coaches will pool together in providing their thoughts on the game and impart their wisdom.
The SBP Coaches’ Summit to be held on July 20 and 21 at the Meralco Fitness Center will serve as a platform for Australian coaches Damian James Cotter and Dean Vickerman to show why Australian basketball has one of the most solid programs in global caging.
Cotter is an Australian coach who’s been involved in the game for the past 17 years. He is presently an assistant coach of the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA G-League and has also handled several teams in the past, including the Sydney Kings in Australia. As a member of the national team of Australia, he helped the squad in placing third in the 2014 World Championship and was also part of the squad that finished fifth in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Vickerman, on the other hand, is currently the head coach of the Melbourne United in the NBL. He is also rich in coaching experience, having been involved with several teams handling different capacities. He has also coached the Rockhampton Rockets and assisted the North Melbourne Giants and the Sydney Panthers. Perhaps, his best achievement was when he guided Melbourne University to the Big V title.
The two Aussie coaches will serve as main clinicians.
Aside from the two renowned Aussie mentors, top local coaches like Guiao, Uichico and Altamirano will also take time sharing some inputs and assume the role as coaches’ clinicians.
A seven-time PBA champion, Guiao had won PBA championships with Swift, Red Bull, and Rain or Shine. He is now the current head coach and general manager of the NLEX Road Warriors.
Uichico is a nine-time PBA champion coach and just like Guiao, he had won championships in three different teams in the pro league — San Miguel Beer, Ginebra and TNT. He is now the head of the SBP Coaches’ Commission.
Altamirano won a championship with Purefoods in the 1997 All-Filipino Cup and Mobiline in the Centennial Cup, a side event in the PBA. He also piloted the National University Bulldogs’ UAAP title in 2014, ending the school’s six-decade drought.
Presently, Altamirano is the project director of the National Basketball Training Center and serves as an assistant coach of the Alaska Aces in the PBA.
Also serving as a coach clinician is Louie Gonzales, president of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines and current head coach of the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers.