Blackley brings golden touch to new job

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Expert hands: Junior Frankston Bayside Blues players Alyssa Wooding, Charleigh Hoise, Braithyn Kerr and James Maguire get tips on shooting from Frankston Basketball Association’s academy director Steve Blackley.

Expert hands: Junior Frankston Bayside Blues players Alyssa Wooding, Charleigh Hoise, Braithyn Kerr and James Maguire get tips on shooting from Frankston Basketball Association’s academy director Steve Blackley.

STEVE Blackley was supervising school holiday clinics at the Frankston basketball stadium last week when news came through of his appointment as development and high performance manager.

Previously academy director, Blackley will now oversee all the programs conducted by Frankston Basketball Association, including the men’s and women’s South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) and youth teams.

No stranger to Frankston, Blackely has played more than 300 Victorian Basketball Association and SEABL games for the Frankston Bayside Blues including being captain for three years.

A brilliant point guard he also led the SEABL in assists and was a winner of the golden hands award.

Blackley went onto coach the Southern Sharks for seven years, leading them to being division one champions in 2005.

He has been the assistant coach of the Dandenong Rangers men’s team for the past four years where former NBL player Darren Perry is the head coach. While there, the Rangers won two conference titles and in 2013 won the SEABL national title.

Blackely also opened academy’s in two schools on the Mornington Peninsula at Flinders College and Mt Erin College.

It’s a great appointment by the Frankston Basketball Association and without doubt Blackley has the credentials and the experience to drive the association’s program to be the best in the state over the next few years, with the men’s and women’s teams to top the SEABL league.

Bob “The Hoop” Clinton

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