Nick Mihai has joined Basketball Victoria’s High Performance program as the Casey High Performance Hub Lead Coach.
Nick will work across Basketball Victoria and Casey Basketball Association in a dual-role between the two organisations. To work as a full-time coach and continue to develop the junior stars of his home region made this role the perfect fit for Mihai.
“Playing and coaching for 25 years in basketball, it has always been a dream of mine to be a full-time basketball coach, and to be able to do that in the area that I have grown up in my whole life makes this extra special to me,” Mihai said. “Given the last two years, I am looking forward to being on the floor as much as possible coaching as many athletes as possible and to be able to play a role in an athlete’s life again.”
Mihai said he was excited to get stuck in with the Hub program as it helps develop players across the state in their home regions and give everyone the best possible coaching available.
“The Hubs have assisted in stretching the hand of development to more players, particularly those who live in areas where it was difficult to attend SDP sessions,” Mihai said. “With the expansion of the BV Hubs, it allows for a far better coach-to-player ratio to provide better coaching and athlete development.
“This program really gives our athletes a better foundation when trying to move up the Basketball Victoria pathway.
“Building on the foundations of fundamentals, whilst adding system of play and style of play scenarios, our athletes are now starting further ahead than ever before.”
Basketball Victoria’s General Manager – High Performance and Pathways Grant Wallace said Mihai joining the organisation will add another exceptional coach to the rapidly-growing Hubs program.
“Nick has been a fantastic contributor to Victorian High Performance basketball for a number of years and it’s great to have him join Basketball Victoria’s Hub program,” Wallace said. “Adding another experienced coach to the program will help give athletes in Melbourne’s south east even greater opportunities when it comes to the Casey Hub.
“Nick’s history with the Victorian state teams program and his work with Dandenong Basketball over a number of years makes him an impressive candidate and someone we are thrilled to have join our organisation.”
Basketball Victoria’s 11 High Performance Hubs – located at Ballarat, Bendigo, Broadmeadows, Casey, Geelong, MSAC, State Basketball Centre, Shepparton, Traralgon, Wyndham and the recently announced Montmorency – are part of a $5m investment into the Victorian high-performance basketball pathways and infrastructure by the Victorian Government as part of the 2019/20 Victorian State Budget.