Biwer Departs As Spectres Mens Coach

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The Nunawading Spectres will begin the search for a new head coach, with Dave Biwer announcing that he will be moving on from his role with the NBL1 men’s team.

Widely considered one of the most accomplished coaches in the Nunawading Spectres CBA / SEABL / NBL1 era, Biwer brought immediate success guiding the Spectres to the 2011 SEABL National Championship, his first year directing from the sidelines. He added to Nunawading’s trophy cabinet claiming the SEABL East Conference Championship in 2014, then the inaugural NBL1 Championship in 2019 capping an impressive run in which the Spectres only missed the post-season once.

Biwer announced via Instagram Tuesday that he would not be returning as coach. The move comes following a year that has seen little to no basketball due to the Covid-19 pandemic and pressed pause on the Spectres title defense.

“Dave has been an incredible coach and leader for our program,” Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager Paul Flynn said.

“I appreciate the opportunity we have shared as a program having had Dave at the helm since 2011. He brought authenticity into a competitive environment, empowering everyone to play their role at an elite level that led to them achieving some great success. I am extremely grateful for his contributions to Nunawading Basketball as a whole, not just the men’s program and know that he will continue to succeed in all that follows.”

Biwer first arrived at Nunawading in 2004 as a player before taking the reins of the program in 2011. He is the longest serving head coach for the Spectres CBA / SEABL / NBL1 men and was inducted into the Nunawading Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

“It’s been an incredible journey and I’m thankful to Nunawading for providing me the opportunity to come in and coach at this level,” Biwer said.

“When I took the job, my aim was to make it a winning program and somewhere where high character talent wanted to play. I feel like I was able to help accomplish that.”

“The Spectres are a great club with great people throughout. We worked hard but it never felt like work when you got to battle alongside Macca, Simon and all my guys. My time here is among some of the most memorable experiences of my life.”

Biwer is now expected to be a leading candidate for head-coaching roles around the league, whilst maintaining his role as Head Coach of the Australian 3×3 Program, with a potential trip to next year’s Tokyo Olympics still on the cards.

The Nunawading Spectres will begin the search to find a new head coach in due course.