Junior Ranger Coaching Appointments For VJBL 2021/22

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Dandenong Basketball are thrilled to announce our Junior Ranger coaching line up for the 2021/2022 VJBL season.

We start with a structure change to the head of our Junior Rangers program. After 10 years at the helm, Darren Perry has decided it is time for him to step back as the Director of Coaching and focus on the NBL1 Men’s Head Coaching role, work commitments and family. DBA are sincerely indebted to Darren and in due course will acknowledge his contributions, his achievements and our gratitude in a more appropriate forum.

We are now delighted to welcome both Samantha Groves and Nick Mihai to head our girls and boys Junior Programs.

As Head Coach of our girl’s program, Samantha joins the Rangers having gained experience at Southern Basketball and Frankston Basketball Association, the Melbourne Boomers and various Vic Metro State Programs, including her recent appointment as Assistant Coach to the Victorian U 20 Women’s State Team.

As Head Coach of our boy’s program, Nick is well known to all at DBA, and his elevation is well deserved and recognition of Nicks many years and achievements in the Junior Ranger program but also our Senior Ranger program as well as the Victorian Metro State programs.

In sharing their enthusiasm of their appointments, Samantha stated ‘I am thrilled to have this opportunity to be part of a club with such a successful history, which I look forward to continue”, Sam added she has ‘always been extremely passionate about women’s basketball and am truly excited to share this passion along with my knowledge and experience to all the wonderful players and coaches in this program.”

Nick has enjoyed great success in his coaching career to date and can’t wait to help others achieve similar results in his new role. He added “I am really pumped to help better an already prestige boy’s program and keeping the train moving forward”, said Nick. “I’m really looking forward to getting together with the coaches and building a culture. I want to thank the Dandenong Basketball Association for showing their faith in me and I cannot wait to get started.”

Joining Sam and Nick will be an outstanding line-up of coaches. See the full list of Junior Ranger coaches for the 2021/2022 season below.

Importantly, DBA would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the following departing Junior Ranger Head Coaches for their commitment and dedication to our program. Darren Perry, Jay Broadhurst, Brodie Wallace, Ray Jabbour, Lloyd Klaman and Mason Rogers. We are truly grateful to have such wonderful coaches and people involved in our Junior Ranger program.

Junior Ranger Boys:

Under 12 Under 14 Under 16 Under 18
12.1 Merv Christian 14.1 Justin Brown 16.1 Luke Hughes 18.1 Nick Mihai
Katie Manley Rob De Baize Emmanuel Debono Ben Curtis
Andrew Robertson Hayden Martin Keith Dowd Jeremy Leihy
Mia Robertson Joanne Osborne Anthony Fonti Chris Peterson
John Sprakel Kieran Poultan Martin Hatch Anthony Vaughan
Jess Romenelli Matt King
Ray Thompson Chris Petalas


Junior Ranger Girls:

Under 12 Under 14 Under 16 Under 18
12.1 Samantha Groves 14.1 Jerome Phillips 16.1 Clare Camac 18.1 Dave Barry
Ben Charles Rebecca Gebbing Mhel Dausan Laura Butler
Jodie Kennedy Tobie Dean Hayley Da Silva Brett McKean
Kyle Ogden Tenaya Phillips Shaun Groenewegen
Victoria Tsekouras Andrew Kaali
Neil Purdham


For more info or enquiries about our 2021/22 program please contact our Junior Rangers Manager Debbie Johnson via email.


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