Tasmania JackJumpers consider signing the NBL’s first female head coach

Tasmania JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse has revealed he will consider signing the NBL’s first female head coach to lead the franchise’s maiden season – a move that has been welcomed by Opals coach Sandy Brondello.

It comes as the JackJumpers have launched a global search for their inaugural head coach for the 2021-2022 season.

Brookhouse declared the franchise would hire the best candidate for the job, including considering basketball’s finest female coaches.

“We will get the best, whether that be male or female,” Brookhouse said.

“We are certainly not shutting the door on the possibility that a female might be the best candidate.

“There are some fantastic female coaches out there, so from a club perspective we are open to going through the process with anybody.

“Australia is a very attractive destination for players and coaches at present, and the NBL is one of the best leagues in the world outside of the NBA.

“This is also a great opportunity for the right leader to help build a club and its culture from the beginning and join the JackJumpers for this exciting journey.”

Opals coach Sandy Brondello has welcomed the Tasmania JackJumpers considering signing the NBL’s first female head coach. Picture: Javier Soriano / AFPSource:AFP

Brondello was rapt to hear Brookhouse’s comments about potentially hiring a female head coach when contacted on Wednesday.

She is focused on the Opals’ 2021 Olympic and 2022 World Cup campaigns and the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, but she refused to rule out one day coaching in the men’s ranks.

“Never say never,” Brondello said.

“If an opportunity came up to coach the men in the future, I’d definitely consider it.

“At the moment, though, I have the best two jobs in the world with the Opals and the Mercury, and that is my focus.

“But I think it is great that the Tasmania CEO is actually considering a woman and are saying it publicly – that is a good step in the right direction.”

Brondello believes the NBL has a powerful opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the NBA, which currently has 10 female assistant coaches.

“If a woman can actually get an interview for an NBL head coach role that would be truly groundbreaking in Australia,” she said.

“It is happening in the NBA now with 10 full-time female assistant coaches.”

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