Michelle Gubbels and Shaun Groenewegen both began their basketball journeys as Dandenong Juniors and will come full circle as head coaches of the BigV Victorian Youth Championship Women’s and Men’s teams respectively.
Gubbels started out as a Rangers junior in 1980 and went on to play much of her senior career, including WNBL, with the club. Decades on, she returns to Stud Road as a credentialed coach most recently as head coach at Wesley College and of Bulleen Boomers VYC team.
A Paralympian and World Cup representative for his country, Groenewegen also started his distinguished basketball path with the Rangers.
He would play for the Rangers in the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL), winning a title in 2000, and serve as playing coach.
Post playing career, he’s been a junior coach at the Rangers for the last three years and an assistant coach to Darren Perry’s NBL1 men’s team last season.
DBA General Manager Larissa Anderson is delighted with the coaching appointments.
“It’s wonderful to have two great basketball people, who have had strong links with the Rangers, involved with our Youth Championship program,” she said.
“Many players and coaches started as Rangers juniors and have gone on to achieve great things in their journeys, it’s fantastic anytime they come home to Dandenong, to coach or give back to the program.”
Registrations for Youth League and U20 Ranger Tryouts are now open, scheduled to start in November. To register for the tryouts process click here.