With the 2019/20 VJBL season officially done now, Knox Basketball has started looking towards the 2020/21 Junior Raiders program. Coming tomorrow will be a list of our locked in coaching positions, including our first, second and some third team coaches. As a teaser, we’re here to highlight one of the best new additions to our coaching ranks.

Coaching the Knox Raiders U12.1 Girls in the next VJBL season will be Gerard Hillier. Gerard boasts a strong resume. Coming from Southern Peninsula where he was Director of Coaching and Pathways, Gerard has been a head coach of Country Victoria six times at Australian Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in that time. In 2019 Hillier was tasked with leading Australia’s 3X3 Women’s Team at the Youth Olympic Games, and he can’t wait to get started with Knox.

“I’m genuinely excited to be joining the Knox Raiders program,” Hillier exclaimed.

“I’ve always had great respect for the program and the people within it. I cannot wait to hit the floor and start working with the Under 12’s. It’s my favourite age group to coach and I’m very excited to see what we can achieve with all the players and their development.”

Knox Basketball Director of Basketball Operations David Ingham knows the impact Hillier can have on our club. With experienced coach Drey Baldwin at the helm of our Under 12 Girls Program last season, and Gerard taking over this season, Knox Basketball is continuing to emphasise the development of our young girls.

“We’re incredibly lucky to add a coach of Gerard’s calibre to our program,” said Ingham.

“Our Under 12 Girls are going to have a coach respected at a national level to learn from every day. Gerard has proven time and time again that he is not just a high-level coach, but one of the best player developers as well.”

Hillier won’t just be utilised in the junior program, he will also have an impact throughout the senior women’s program, although the exact role is yet to be determined.

“Having the opportunity to join the senior women’s program and work with Kennedy Kereama, who has been a great friend and mentor over the past several years, is a fantastic opportunity for me and my personal growth,” Gerard said.

“I’m really excited to join the program and get going with hoops again!”