Over the past four years Coach Stewart has provided mentoring to aide in my coaching development and in return the development of basketball in Western Australia. With his guidance I have been able to develop my own skills, which provided results on the court and within the basketball association. From a player at Cockburn Basketball Association, to Assistant Coach for Goldfields Giants, and now the Head Coach of the South West Slammers his knowledge and professionalism has helped me develop a basketball culture where participants can be successful.
Currently, in my role as the Sports Development Officer of Bunbury Basketball Association, Coach Stewart has offered to help me develop coaches and representative teams. Regarding recent discussions with Coach Stewart; he has offered our basketball community in Bunbury with his support to continue developing players and coaches with a clear vision and direction for the future of basketball. This is an offer that our BBA board members are very excited about should his appointment be successful.
Through our meetings there are several components which I use to coach:
- Winning culture-something which has to be built. There has to be consequences to actions that are the same for every player within the organization. Process=Results
- Measurable Goals-players will submit goals (personal & team) which are measureable and realistic. We will also have physical tests which are measureable throughout the year.
- Problem areas-Coach Stewart came up with an innovative way for me to deal with an internal player problem and missed training sessions. His idea included the use of technology and will aide my team in player development. He also helped me realize that every team has an issue, whether it is regional or metro, but there is a solution to each problem.
- Current & Future Support-Coach Stewart has helped me build a losing program into a playoff team in just one season. He has offered to continue to mentor me as a coach in the SBL and for future endeavours.
I would recommend Coach Stewarts service to any coach who wants to improve on and off of the court.