Shane Heal to coach Wellington Saints in NBL
Australian basketball legend Shane Heal has agreed terms to coach the Wellington Saints for the 2014 National Basketball League.
Heal, who played for the San Antonio Spurs and at four Olympic Games for his country, will take over in the capital at the end of the current Australian NBL season after his coaching obligations with the Sydney Kings are met.
The 43-year-old was delighted with the move and held out high hopes for his trip to New Zealand.
"While my focus is squarely aimed at helping the Kings with a championship right now, I'm really looking forward to coaching in NZ in the off-season and most especially with the Wellington Saints," Heal said.
"They have a proud history and plenty of success and this attracted me to coach with them during the ANBL off-season."
In a club statement released today, the Saints expressed their delight at having secured the services of such a high-profile coach.
"This is a fantastic signing for the Saints and the city as Shane is unquestionably one the highest profile basketball identities in Australasia," the statement read.
"Shane will bring toughness and tenacity to the organisation and will instantly command respect."