Thursday, January 26, 2023

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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Pride And Passion Drive New Meteorettes Coach

Image: Jamiey Doevendans will lead the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes charge in the NBL1 North competition

A well-known local coach has accepted the top coaching role with Mackay’s premier ladies basketball squad, saying he is looking forward to creating a culture based around pride and passion.

Mackay Basketball announced the appointment of Jamiey Doevendans as Head Coach of the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes for the next two NBL1 seasons.

Doevendans has a long history of involvement with the Mackay Basketball NBL1 program, having served in various coaching roles over the past decade. He was an assistant coach with the Meteors men’s team for three years, during which he was a part of two QBL championship-winning campaigns. He then transitioned to the Meteorettes program as an assistant coach for seven seasons, during which he won another QBL title and helped guide the team to two more grand final appearances. Additionally, the local Mackay mentor spent seven years on the sidelines as an assistant coach with the Queensland North under 16 and under 18 girls state representative teams.

Mackay Basketball President Tara Smyth stated that the club is excited about Doevendans' transition into the Meteorettes NBL1 Head Coach position.

“Jamiey has been heavily invested in our Mackay Basketball QBL and NBL1 programs for a long period of time, so it’s great to see his commitment, dedication and efforts be rewarded with this opportunity to take the reins of our women’s squad,” said Smyth.

“While it’s his first season as a head coach at this level, he brings extensive experience to the role.”

Doevendans expressed pride in the opportunity to step into the top job.

“Being a prestigious position and the program having a rich history of success, I am honored in leading the McDonald’s Mackay Meteorettes for the next two seasons,” he said.

“My focus is to continue to create a culture and style of play built around working hard and competing with pride and passion. A team the local basketball community can be excited about coming to support.”

With Doevendans now locked in as coach, the club plans to announce Meteorettes player signings in the coming weeks.

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