We see them out on the court every Friday night and Sunday morning, but how much do you really know about our Junior Rangers coaches?
This time we’re looking at our First Team Ranger coaches who all bring a vast amount of experience and passion to their role.
“I love working with all players to help them improve and grow as athletes. My door is always open to any player wanting to improve and increase their knowledge of basketball. I have coached at national club championships, SEABL (NBL 1), and have been a Rangers Coach for over 10 years.”
“I dont have the experience or achievements as the other coaches however I do have the drive, hunger to learn and grow as a coach. I love the game and more importantly I love to mentor others and watch them grow as an individual and as a team.”
“I played basketball when I was younger. I was fortunate enough to have a basketball scholarship in the Philippines for a university. I was there for two years before coming home to help my parents out with their business. That was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I also coached girl Pioneers back in the day.”
“It was only this year I was able to come back to coaching. Although it wasnt the season the girls and I had expected, it was still something that I was proud of and grateful to have achieve what we did in a small amount of time. It truly ignited the feeling of joy that I’ve had for the game and coaching.”
“Hi! My name is David Barry and I have been a part of Dandenong Rangers coaching program for the last 10 years. I have 2 children that played all their junior basketball with Rangers, and I have coached in both the boys, girls, senior women and senior men’s programs. This time off has made me eager and excited to get back into another season, this time with the U16 girls, which fun fact, is the only age group I have not coached in.”
“Although it will be a busy year coaching Dandy18’s, Dandy NBL1 and the Vic Metro 18 women I can’t wait for the 2021 season.”
“I have enjoyed my last two years coaching at Dandenong Rangers with the Under 16 and 18 girls. We had the ultimate success in 2019 with the 16 girls winning the “Big 3″ – (Eltham Tournament, National Junior Classic & VC Championship) and the 18’s were playing very good basketball when the COvid-19 pulled the rug out on us back in March.”
“I am looking forward to tryouts for the new season as I love seeing new players push for a spot in the top side, there are always surprises and with the six month break I think these tryout will be very exciting.”
Darren has coached in the Junior Rangers Program since 2008, been the Senior Men’s Head Coach since 2011 and the club’s Director of Coaching since 2010. Darren is currently the Australian U19 Emu’s Head Coach and has previously been a State Coach at U18 level.”
Darren’s coaching success is at all levels of play – VC and National Junior Classic titles at VJBL level, Gold Medals at National Junior Championships, SEABL Conference titles and a SEABL Championship at Senior Men’s level and Oceania and Asia Cup Championships internationally with the Emu’s.
As a player, ‘DP’ played in the NBL for 10 seasons competing in 252 NBL games that included 2 NBL Championships with the Brisbane Bullets and South East Melbourne Magic.
This year in Junior Rangers, Darren will guide the u12.1’s through the VJBL year.
Justin played for 12 years as a professional basketball player in Europe (Italy, Spain, Greece, England), Australia (Perth Wildcats and Brisbane Bullets) and China. He competed in the NBA Summer League with Dallas Mavericks. Justin represented Australia in the U21 World Championships and was named to the 2004 Boomers Olympic tryout camp. As a coach, Justin has proudly represented Victoria as the School Sport Victoria TeamVIC Head Coach for the 12 Years & Under Boys winning 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in his 5 year tenure.
He was also an Assistant for Vic Metro U16 Boys in the Southern Cross Challenge in 2018 and 2019. In his third season at Dandenong, Justin has coached the 16.2 Boys and 12.1 Boys. He is excited and grateful for the opportunity to get back on the court with the 14.1 boys in 2021 VJBL season.
“Basketball has given me many great memories and coaching gives me a chance to give back to basketball what it gave me.”
“I am currently the U16 Boys VIC Metro assistant coach and will be coaching the U16.1 Ranger boys for the 2020/21 VJBL season.”
“I am the 18-1 boys coach for the upcoming VJBL 20/21 season. I have coached for the Dandenong Rangers for about 17 years, in that time I have head coached various teams in the boys program. I have been apart of the coaching staff in both the NBL1 and SEABL men’s teams as well as coaching the Men’s Youth League. I am looking forward to getting back on the court for this upcoming season.”