AFTER five-and-a-half-years as the High Performance Coach – Country, Justin Schueller is leaving Basketball Victoria to start full time work with Melbourne United.
Greater opportunity has come calling for Schueller as he’s joined Melbourne United as a full-time assistant coach for the upcoming 2018/19 NBL season, after spending last season with the team as a development coach.
Throughout his time at Basketball Victoria, Justin’s efforts with Country High Performance athletes have brought about incredible results at the Australian Junior Championships and throughout all aspects of the program.
His time as High Performance Coach – Country has been highlighted by the Victoria Country Under-18 Women winning an Australian Junior Championships gold medal in 2017, back-to-back silver medals for the Under-16 Victoria Country Girls, silver this year for the Under-16 Victoria Country Boys and a 2018 bronze for the Under-18 Victoria Country Women.
On top of those achievements, Schueller’s time in the role has also seen our Country teams put in strong performances at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup, the Southern Cross Challenge and improve across the board throughout all High Performance categories.
Schueller said he greatly enjoyed his time at Basketball Victoria and will always be proud of the role he’s played helping athletes and coaches alike advance through the program.
“I can’t speak highly enough about my time at Basketball Victoria and having the opportunity to lead the Country program,” Schueller said. “I walked into a program that wanted to be led and as a result I feel we were able to take it to a new level in that time and achieved a lot.
“The medal success and the number of Australian representatives we have had in that time is what I think of first, but seeing athletes and coaches progress through the program is what gives you the best buzz.
“What I’ll miss most are the people I’ve worked with in my time here – BV staff, Country coaches and athletes… it’s a great culture of success and I feel proud to have been a part of it and take the program to where we have.”
Schueller said the lure of helping Melbourne United defend its 2017/18 NBL Championship and taking on a new role were great motivators and he was ready to test himself further in the NBL.
“Now onto a new challenge, I’m really excited for my new opportunity with Melbourne United,” Schueller said. “It’s a great program with a great coaching staff – I loved it in my part-time capacity last year and am looking forward to emerging myself at the pro-level each day now full-time.
“To win a championship last year was great but each year is a new challenge, I can’t wait to get started on chasing another.”
Basketball Victoria Operations Manager Grant Wallace said Schueller’s efforts throughout Country basketball and the entirety of our High Performance Program have been exemplary.
“Justin has been a fantastic team member with Basketball Victoria for five and a half years and has been instrumental in building our Country High Performance portfolio,” Wallace said. “Under his guidance we’ve had our best results ever this past year for our Country teams at Australian Junior Championships – winning two silver and a bronze – as well as the U18 Victoria Country Women winning a national championship in 2017.
“His efforts have ensured a high numbers of Victorians have been listed on national junior teams and have the ability to aim for greater opportunities in elite senior basketball.
“Justin leaves a great legacy of better skilled and educated athletes and coaches and he should be extremely proud of the platform he has built for our Country program to follow for years to come.”
Justin’s last day with Basketball Victoria is Friday 10 August.