Evan Bennett

COACH/CONTRIBUTOR

Evan commenced playing in 1942, but it was the urge to mentor and inform the younger generation of basketballers that made him change paths and become a coach in 1952. He coached for 20 consecutive years at representative level, coaching at the Hills Basketball Association.

He had the opportunity to represent NSW and he did so with pride at the 1958, 1959 and 1961 National Championships. With all the acquired knowledge Evan was appointed Assistant Coach of the NSW Senior Women in 1959.

His methods and basketball smarts made him a very successful coach at all levels of women’s basketball, winning several Championships between 1970 and 1975.

Evan transferred over to the disability side of basketball and was heavily involved in Men’s Wheelchair basketball, in a coaching capacity from 1993 to 1999.

His success continued and his hunger never stopped. Evan became the Head Coach of the NSW Senior Men’s Wheelchair team between 1993 and 1997, Assistant Coach of the Australian Senior Men’s Wheelchair team between 1994 and 1999 and Head Coach of the Australian Senior Men’s B Wheelchair team.

Winning medals is on anyone’s list of goals, and Evan was fortunate enough to win gold as the Assistant Coach of the Australian Men’s Senior team in 1996 at the Atlanta Paralympic Games.

Evan was awarded NSW Wheelchair Sports Coach of the Year in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2003 for all his hard work and dedication to Wheelchair basketball.

After a huge amount of success in NSW, Evan had the privilege of leading from the front. He took the reigns as the 2002 NSW Junior Wheelchair Head Coach.

It wasn’t long until he won an Australian schools Championship and he did so with Oakhill College in 2004.

Due to his tenacity and diligence, Evan was awarded Life member status at the Hills Basketball Association and was a member of the Hills Board for many years.

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