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The Nunawading Spectres have appointed Andrew Cutler as their new NBL1 Men’s Head Coach following the departure of Dave Biwer.

Cutler will make his NBL1 sideline debut in 2021 having spent the last three seasons in charge of the Spectres Victorian Youth Championship Men’s side which included three straight Grand Final appearances and two championships.

Following an extensive search that returned numerous high caliber applications, Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager and Chair of Senior Representative Teams, Paul Flynn was satisfied that the Spectres had found the best coach for the job as the program looks to continue to build on its success at senior level.

“We’re excited to promote Andrew to Head Coach of our NBL1 Men’s team,” Flynn said.

“Andrew is a great leader with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. He displays innovation in his coaching style and prepares his teams to play hard an execute on both ends of the floor. Andrew is a coach that has already enjoyed great success, and I look forward to working with and supporting him as he makes this progression in his coaching career.”

Prior to coaching, Cutler represented the Nunawading Spectres as a player at both junior and senior levels. As a coach, Cutler has led the Spectres at both U21 VJBL and Big V – Victorian Youth Championship levels and is currently an Assistant with the Victorian U20 State Team.

“Nunawading is a club I have a close affiliation with so I’m particularly grateful for the opportunity the club has given me,” Cutler said.

“I’m excited to make the step up and begin working with the NBL1 Men’s Team.”

Cutler takes over a Spectres team that won the inaugural NBL1 Championship in 2019.

“I’m really respectful of the success the core group of players have had in recent years. The challenge will be to sustain that history of success in a strong competition while continuing to provide opportunities for Nunawading athletes through the club’s pathway.”

“It’s a great opportunity to build on a fantastic foundation and we’ll have to be relentless in our pursuit of continual improvement to achieve that vision.”

Cutler succeeds Dave Biwer, inheriting a program that has only failed to make the playoffs once in the past decade. Whilst championship winning pair and long-time Spectres’ Shane McDonald and Jesse Caspersz have retired, it is expected that Cutler will return the core playing group from 2019.