Former Basketball: Canberra Gunners guard Sam Adams to coach Gunners Academy
New Canberra Gunners Academy coach Sam Adams wants to lay the platform for the ACT's next crop of stars to take the leap into college basketball.
A long-time player, Adams has been involved with the Academy since its inception. This season however, Adams will suit up on the sideline.
The newly appointed head coach has played for Wests Magpies for the past six years, and represented both ACT and NSW at junior level, whilst also playing for the Canberra Gunners in 2015.
The former Queanbeyan Tigers NEAFL player is known for playing an aggressive style and he takes the reins from Tony Plunkett, who coached the Academy for six years, and led Adams' Basketball ACT Premier 1 Wests team to the 2017 title.
"I want to build on the great job that Tony has done over the past few years," Adams said.
"I want to develop young athletes in Canberra and take them where they want to go. Whether that be national titles, playing at state level or playing college basketball."
Basketball ACT's head of high performance and coaching development Phil Brown will work alongside Plunkett in an advisory role for Adams as he takes on his first senior coaching role.
"The great thing about Sam is that he brings a lot of experience to the role, having played at the highest levels in Canberra," Brown said.
"He is used to a high performance environment and has been a successful player. His on-court experience and knowledge provide an exciting opportunity to mold the group."
Having made the Basketball NSW Waratah League Division 1 semi-finals the past two seasons, expectations are again high for the Gunners Academy in 2018.
Adams says consistency will be his side's greatest challenge in their bid to back it up.
The Gunners Academy season tips off 5pm tomorrow in Dubbo.