Ken Cole

PLAYER/COACH

Ken learnt the ropes of basketball in the “ streets” at the Woolloomooloo playgrounds.

He had a very competitive approach which put him in line to play in big matches. Ken was selected at a young age in the school team that were runners up in the Sydney High Schools Championship. At the age of 16, he was able to show off his skills in the Playgrounds competition.

There were numerous mentors who helped Ken develop both athletically and as a person. He became a respectful, talented and enthusiastic man due to the influences of Charlie Ammit, Bruce Flick and Ross Graham. He was coached by two of the finest in this state, Bob Elphinston and Dr John Raschke. They took him under their wings and let him soar.

On the court, Ken was very composed. He was a leader with great communication skills and being recognised for them, he was named the captain of the NSW Under 18 Men’s team in 1961. His performances were impeccable leading to selection in the 1962 NSW Senior Men’s team.

Ken was the youngest player ever to represent Australia when at 18 years of age he was selected to represent Australia at the 1962 World Championships. His maturity put him well above his years. He went on to represent Australia at the Rome and Mexico Olympic games, as well as the World Championships in Yugoslavia.

Ken was to give back to the community as he moved to Adelaide in 1973 to coach and play for West Adelaide and South Adelaide. He coached South Australia to the National Championship in 1977.

His coaching resume is nothing short of exemplary. He was the Assistant Coach of the West Adelaide team that defeated Geelong in the NBL final in 1982 and the Head Coach of Adelaide in 1985-1986, winning the NBL title in 1986. The other teams he coached included the Sydney Supersonics and the Newtown Falcons.

Ken delivered on every platform and he established his reputation throughout Australia as one of it’s best players and coaches.

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