Respected basketball mind Adam Forde named as the new Sydney Kings head coach
Adam Forde helped the Perth Wildcats build an NBL dynasty – now he is hoping to achieve similar results in the Harbour City after being appointed the Sydney Kings new head coach.
The Kings announced Forde as the man to replace Will Weaver, who has picked up an NBA assistant role with the Houston Rockets.
Weaver’s departure is a blow for Sydney, but Forde is ready to step up after being the franchise’s assistant last season.
He began his coaching career in 2011 with Perth, where he spent eight years honing his craft at the NBL’s most successful franchise.
Forde has been in involved in four championships at the Wildcats in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019 as an assistant.
In his first season with the Kings, he helped lead the club to a minor premiership and their first grand final appearance since 2008.
As he prepares to step into his first NBL head coaching role, Forde is looking forward to the opportunity ahead.
“I appreciate the responsibility that comes with leading a team like Sydney, especially considering the successful year we had last season,” Forde said.
“But I take comfort in knowing the strong support I have around me and the confidence Paul Smith, Paul Kind, Chris Pongrass and Luc Longley have in me to do this job.
“I personally feel that this is the ideal situation for a rookie head coach coming in; having been part of the process from the beginning under the club’s new ownership TSE and rolling into this season having already established relationships with the playing group and staff.
“We’ve been building up to something very special here in Sydney, so to continue on that trajectory upwards is something that is really important not only to me but to everybody involved at the club. I’m really looking forward to what we can achieve this season.”
New Sydney Kings coach Adam Forde says the club is building towards something special. Picture: NBL mediaSource:Supplied
Forde was also an assistant coach with the Emerging Boomers in 2019 as well as holding down various high-level coaching positions within the NZ NBL and WA leagues.
Known for his deep-rooted knowledge of the NBL and tactical approach to scouting, he is highly regarded among Australian basketball circles.
His focus on player development and ability to craft strong relationships with his players and peers played a vital role in the decision to appoint him as head coach.
Kings owner and chairman Paul Smith was humbled to be able to offer Forde the head coaching position, the 13th head coach since the club’s inception.
“I know how much this means to Adam – his journey and the sacrifices he has made to arrive at this point make this appointment so much more meaningful,” Smith said.
“I want to acknowledge his partner Kylie and young son Carter who have been a rock since Adam came to Sydney last year.
“Adam will take the reins in leading our coaching staff, including James ‘JD’ Duncan, that already have very established structures and systems, but we are looking forward to seeing Adam bring his own slant to the equation.
“Along with Paul Kind, Chris Pongrass and Luc Longley, it will be a privilege to support Adam as he establishes himself as our new head coach of the Sydney Kings.”
Sydney will tip-off their 2020-21 NBL campaign with a grand final rematch against the Perth Wildcats at RAC Arena on January 15.
The Kings return to Qudos Bank Arena for their first home game on Sunday, January 24 against the NZ Breakers.
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