Gordon McLeod


Gordon was brought up on the South Coast of NSW and it was no surprise when he started playing basketball as a ten-year-old at the Wollongong Police Boys Club. He was under the guidance of Illawarra’s legendary coach, Ted Weston.

Gordon’s talent was noticed immediately and he represented NSW from 1972 to 1981. It wasn’t long after that he was recognised as one of the best players in the country. He was soon to be selected for the Australian Men’s team which happened in 1977. His represention of the green and gold outfit at the 1978 World Championships, the 1979 Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament and the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games would be up there as one of the greatest moments for any player.

Gordon was one of the originals to play in our national competition and he did so between 1979 and 1991. He was part of the Brisbane Bullets squad between 1991 and 1992 but in a coaching capacity.

He had a passion for mentoring youth and developing the next crop of talented players. Gordon became the Assistant Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport in 1989, and Head Coach from 1993 to 1997. His expertise and understanding of the game helped the Australian Under 20’s team win a silver medal at the 1997 Greece World Championships.

Gordon coached arguably some of the greatest players our country has seen and between 1998 and 2004 he took the reigns as the West Sydney coach.

His credentials were at an all-time high, but when he was asked to Assistant coach the Australian Men’s team in 2001, 2002, 2007 as well as for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that is when he knew he cracked the big time.

Gordon’s pinpoint coaching techniques awarded him 2010 Coach of the Year honours.

Communicating and creating a strong culture with the younger generation was a strong part of his psyche. With all his knowledge, he was given the pleasure of being appointed Head Coach of the Australian Under 23’s team that played in the World Championships in Spain.

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