Head Coaches for the 2019 national 3x3 teams announced and tasked with Olympic dream

Head Coaches for the 2019 national 3x3 teams announced and tasked with Olympic dream
Basketball New Zealand has named Anthony Corban, Karl Noyer, Justine Reed and Joshua Thompson as the coaches leading the New Zealand open and U18 3x3 basketball teams. 

Anthony Corban will coach the Senior Women’s team, which is arguably New Zealand’s best 3x3 medal prospect at the 2020 Olympics. Last year Tall Ferns Michaela Cocks, Kalani Purcell, Antonia Edmondson and Chevannah Paalvast beat the powerhouses of Australia and China to win the Gold medal in the FIBA Asia Cup last year. They will defend this title in Changsha China on 24-26 May. 

Coach Corban is tasked with running this campaign on an oily-rag budget without external high performance funding. He says the Asia Cup will be tough, especially when considering the draw.

“We are in the pool of death versus last year’s silver (China) and bronze medallists (Australia). Only two teams will progress through to the knock out phase.”

After the Asia Cup, the 3x3 Women will they play in the World Cup Qualifiers on 4-5 May in Puerto Rico. The first three place getters at this event will secure a spot at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Amsterdam, 18-23 June.

“The big goal this year is to qualify for the World Cup in Puerto Rico and chase a medal placing. The three medallists at the World Cup qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Qualifying Tournament.

“I am very privileged to again be involved in this programme. Last year I supported Leanne Walker (Open Women’s coach) in China at the Asia Cup while I coached our Open men to a fourth placing at Asia Cup. I hope to build on the great work Leanne did with this group last year,” says Corban.

Karl Noyer has been named as the the Senior Men’s Head Coach. Noyer is well known to New Zealand 3x3 as a player, having just won his fourth 3x3 Quest Tour.  He has played in four 3x3 World Cups (open men’s), one FIBA 3x Asia Cup and is set to play in his fourth FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters this year. Last year Noyer coached the 3x3 U18 men’s side to a gold medal at the 3x3 Asia Cup in September. Noyer also coached the U18 team that went to the 2018 Youth Olympics, held in Argentina last October.

The open men’s team have a busier schedule than previous years with more opportunities in the hope of building a team that can qualify for the 2020 Olympics. The pinnacle event for 2019 will be the FIBA Asia Cup on 24-26 May in Changsha, China. To prepare for this, they will play at the Asia Pacific Super Quest in the Philippines in early April. Then they play at the FIBA World Tour event in Doha, in mid-April. Last year the team, which featured Noyer as a player, struggled at the World Cup and came 13th. At the FIBA Asia Cup they placed 4th. 

The New Zealand Under 18 3x3 men’s team will be coached by Joshua Thompson. Last year Thompson took Ellesmere College Girls to the Schick Championships ‘A’ Grand Final. He has also enjoyed success with the Lincoln University Women’s 3x3 team, including a National Tertiary Championship in 2017. In that same year, Canterbury Basketball awarded Thompson the ‘Coach of the Year’.

New Zealand’s U18 3x3 Men have won the U18 3x3 World Championships twice before – the first in 2011 with Tai Webster, Reuben Te Rangi and Isaac Fotu. In 2015 New Zealand won a second U18 World Cup with Nikau McCullough, Tai Wynyard, and Sam Timmins and Matt Freeman. In 2018 the U18 men again showed their global competitiveness by winning Gold in the 3x3 U18 Asia Cup. In 2019 Coach Thompson and his team will be tasked with defending that title, in Kurching Sarawak, Malaysia, 23-25 August.

Justine Reed returns as the U18 Girls Head Coach. In 2018, Coach Reed took the team to a Silver Medal finish at the FIBA U18 3x3 Asia Cup. Reed also has experience as Assistant Coach for a number of New Zealand age-group teams. Earlier in her career as a player, Reed had played in the WBC for ten years, winning three championships along the way. She also attended University of San Diego on a four year NCAA Division I basketball scholarship (1994-1998).
In short:

NZ 3x3 Women Anthony Corban FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. 4-5 May, San Juan Puerto Rico
FIBA Asia Cup, 24-26 May, Changsha, China.
FIBA World Cup. 18-23 June, Amsterdam Netherlands.
NZ 3x3 Men Karl Noyer Asia Pacific Super Quest, tentatively scheduled 6-7 April. Manila, Philippines.
FIBA World Tour Doha, 25-26 April, Doha.
FIBA Asia Cup. 24-26 May, Changsha, China
NZ 3x3 U18 Girls Justine Reed FIBA Asia Cup, 23-25 August. Kuching Sarawak Malaysia
NZ 3x3 U18 Boys Joshua Thompson FIBA Asia Cup, 23-25 August. Kuching Sarawak Malaysia