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Nunawading Basketball is excited to announce a number of key additions to its Basketball Operations team, welcoming Rachel Antoniadou, Grant Hardy and Brenton O’Brien into integral roles within the player and coach development pathway.

Antoniadou recently started in her role as Basketball Development Manager, with a strong focus on the player development pathway from grassroots through to junior elite. A former WNBL player and current Nunawading Spectres NBL1 South Captain, Antoniadou brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role that will see Nunawading Basketball relaunch its community engagement and external development programs post-covid.

Hardy and O’Brien are set to join the program in two restructured roles; Nunawading Spectres Head of Coach Development which will see the two work collaboratively to deliver one of the strongest association driven coach development programs in Australia. Whilst Hardy will primarily work with the coaches on the Girls side of the program and O’Brien the Boys, the collective experience of both will be available for all to learn from.

Hardy is no stranger to Nunawading having previously served as Nunawading Spectres SEABL (now NBL1 South) Women’s Assistant Coach. He has also held coaching and technical assistant roles with the Cairns Taipans, Brisbane Bullets and Adelaide 36ers along with serving Andrej Lemanis and the Australian National team in a technical assistant / analytics role leading into and throughout the 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign.

O’Brien comes to the program as the current Vic Country U18 Men’s Head Coach, the Head of Basketball at Maribyrnong Sports Academy and Basketball Victoria Hub Lead Coach at MSAC. He has previously held Assistant roles at NBL1 South level with both Sandringham and Geelong.

“As an organisation, we’re extremely excited to welcome Rachel, Grant and Brenton to our team,” Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager and MEBA President Paul Flynn said.

“All three add an immense level of knowledge and experience to our program, that we know will transfer positively across both player and coach development pathways.”