This article originally appeared on Wildcats.com.au
Trevor Gleeson has finalised his coaching staff for the 2019/20 NBL season, with the basketball department undergoing an off-season reshuffle.
Taking the lead assistant coach position is 25-year coaching veteran, Paul Woolpert.
An assistant with the Wildcats in 2014/15 and the Townsville Crocodiles from 2011 to 2013, Woolpert has extensive experience working alongside Gleeson.
Since leaving the Wildcats, the American has served as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles D-Fenders (now South Bay Lakers) in the NBA G-League and has been the head coach of the Yakima SunKings in The Basketball League since 2017.
In seperate stints in Yakima, he’s led the SunKings to five titles.
Joining him on the bench will be Jacob Chance, who has been elevated to the second assistant coach position.
After joining the Wildcats as an intern in 2015, Chance has served as the team’s development coach and video coordinator where he was a part of three championships.
Outside of the Wildcats, the local product has held coaching roles with the Rockingham Flames in the SBL and is currently the head coach of the WA Metro Under-16s.
He also served as an assistant coach under Trevor Gleeson at the recent NBL Select team’s tour of China.
Another West Aussie, Luke Brennan, has also been added to the coaching ranks to fill the role of pathways and development coach.
Brennan joins the club from the Joondalup Wolves in the SBL, and has experienced success coaching wheelchair basketball at the international level.
Meanwhile, Josh Cavanagh will continue to head up the team’s player performance division, having been with the club since 2014 and a part of the 2016, 2017 and 2019 titles.
Head coach Trevor Gleeson is looking forward to getting to work with his new line-up of coaches.
“Winston Churchill said to improve is to change, so it’s refreshing to be approaching the season with a new-look coaching staff,” he said.
“You have to keep things fresh for the players. We have our core beliefs and our core areas we stick to, but you’ve got to keep improving and to get new ideas and new perspectives is invaluable.
“I’m happy with the staff we have assembled, they’re hard working guys who buy into our culture who will lead us forward.”
Pre-season training officially gets underway on Tuesday next week.