DBA would like to congratulate Lloyd Klaman on being selected as the U18 VIC Metro Women’s head coach, with the Rangers NBL1’s Women’s coach leading some of the state’s best young talent in 2021.
Having been an assistant coach for the team over the past three years the opportunity to become the head coach was a no-brainer for Coach Klaman. Feeling very lucky to continue with the famous VIC Metro program, he can’t wait to be back in planning mode getting some very familiar faces ready for Nationals.
“It’s exciting to bring a group together from different clubs and backgrounds and piece together a plan to get everyone on the same page for that one week in April”, said Coach Klaman.
“I’ve been very lucky in my time with Vic Metro, working with some great coaches and incredible athletes. I really enjoy keeping track of the players after the tournament and see what paths they take with their life and basketball.”
Jumping into one of these VIC coaching roles is no easy task with a ton of planning, research and coordination required to just put the team together. But with his experience and knowledge of the trials process Coach Klaman is prepared for the task at hand as he and his assistant coaches plan towards Nationals in April.
“Having been to the 18 nationals the previous three years, I’m know what to expect in regards trials and tribulations you will encounter during the campaign.
“Not everything is going to go our way during this time so the kids need to learn how to handle adversity. We will be prepared so the kids feel comfortable know matter what the situation.”
Followers of VIC Metro’s women’s teams know that Dandenong players are often featured in the final team lists and with fingers crossed 2021 should be the same.
While we’ll miss Nyadiew Puoch who has accepted an AIS scholarship Coach Klaman expects Dallas Loughridge to shine in 2021 along with strong competition for spots in the U18.1’s and U18.2’s.
“I would expect this year’s Ranger U/18’s to be very strong…we will come into the season as #1 ranked team in Victoria on the back of our 16’s championship season.
“We will be missing Nyadiew Puoch as she has accepted a scholarship to the COE, but we have a lot of talent coming back from last year’s team, with Dallas Loughridge one that was selected to represent Australia last year.
“Our team were on the top of the ladder when the season halted due to the COVIC-19 lockdown. We also have some very talented kids coming up from last year’s U16’s team which will make securing a spot in the 18.1’s a pretty tough ask.”
Despite the short-term prospects of representative basketball being a bit murky Coach Klaman can’t wait to get started in all of his basketball roles, with all of the trials, planning and training part of the journey that makes sport worthwhile. Getting the opportunity to coach this team is yet another thing Coach Klaman is grateful for during what has been a difficult year for the Victorian basketball community.
“Firstly, I would like to thank Basketball Victoria for giving me the opportunity to lead the 18 Girls this year. But I would also like to thank everyone at the Dandenong Basketball Association.
“While this will only be the start of my third year with DBA it feels like home. I’m excited to be working with Darren Perry, who I feel is one of the best in the business.”
“Lastly, I would like to thank all the kids I get to work with each week. I really look forward to the time I get to spend with them at practice and games. It’s fun to see them improve in basketball, but it’s great to see them mature into young adults. The kids I get to work with are fantastic and I appreciate the opportunity to work with them.”