The EnviroNZ Bulls have made moves to build a strong local coaching group heading into the 2022 SalsNBL season.
The EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls Head Coach Morgan Maskell and management conducted an exhaustive public search and landed on a number of candidates committed to the Bulls coaching vision for 2022.
“Getting the best people possible was key. We wanted really high character individuals who understand the ethos and vision of being of service to the people in the playing team,” says Maskell. “The staff we have hired all fit that criteria as well as providing expertise in areas of tactical knowledge, film/scout, skill development and experience at this level,” continues Maskell.
The Bulls are excited to add the following assistants to the 2022 coaching staff:
Joe Reddish, 26, will return to the team; this time as the Lead Assistant Coach. “Joe has played a few seasons in the SalsNBL, and coached in the league in 2021. He has relationships with players, and works very hard to develop his tactical knowledge and film ability. He is an excellent skill development guy,” says Coach Maskell.
Jamie Reddish, 36, will return as an Assistant Coach to support Coach Maskell. Both Joe & Jamie Reddish are both born & bred in Franklin. When Joe was developing as a player, there was very little accessible basketball in this community. Jamie was the key figure in establishing both the Franklin Basketball Association and the Franklin Bulls.
“When you learn the history of basketball in Franklin, and the history of the Bulls, Jamie is a guy held in high esteem in this community for all his tireless work establishing basketball in the region,” says Maskell who understands the value of community.
Sione Maama, 26, joins the franchise as an Assistant Coach. Sione has spent many years coaching at Pakuranga College and doing skill development work with SalsNBL players via his private enterprise Glen Innes Rise Basketball. “Sione has worked with SalsNBL players on their skill development for a number of years now, and has developed great relationships in the league due to the fact that he is an extremely high character individual,” says Coach Maskell.
“Sione is yet another coach from within the Bulls region that we will be bringing into the fold, which is exciting,” adds Maskell. Maama grew up in South Auckland attending Pakuranga College and playing rep basketball for Counties Manakau.
The workload required to do comprehensive video scouts of the opposition, video feedback for our own team and individual feedback for the players is severely underrated. Maskell is no stranger to putting in long hours and sleepless nights to ensure this takes place; and has taken the step of adding two excellent basketball minds to the staff as Video Coordinators to assist in these tasks. Joshua Davis and Roei Rotenberg will fulfill these roles with the EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls in 2022.
Joshua Davis, 31, has been a presence on the junior coaching scene for a number of years. Most notably including the 2021 national championship winning Harbour U15 Boys side. “Josh is easily one of the best coaches on the junior circuit in this country. He has an excellent handle on the tactics of the game and he is no doubt going to be a fantastic addition to the staff,” says Maskell.
Roei Rotenberg, 20, originally hails from Israel, and currently residing in Auckland, coached the St Peter’s College Junior Boys team in 2021. “Roei has a tremendous work ethic and understanding of the requirements of coaching high level basketball. He is extremely hungry to become a great basketball coach and has already developed a high level understanding of the game tactically. He will definitely be valuable to the team,” says Maskell.
2022 EnviroNZ Franklin Bulls Coaching Staff Morgan Maskell - Head Coach
Joe Reddish - Assistant Coach Sione Maama - Assistant Coach Jamie Reddish - Assistant Coach Joshua Davis - Video Coordinator Roei Rotenberg - Video Coordinator
General Manager, Scott Kelso says this is yet another example of the commitment the organisation has to developing local talent.
“Our mission as an organisation is to develop players, coaches and staff that represent our communities of South Auckland, Franklin and Waikato. I think that this team reflects that, while also acknowledging we will select the best talent to fit the vision on the court. I am excited to get to work supporting our coaching staff and to enter a season where we can say with certainty that we are established. This is thanks to all the people who have devoted hours and hours of time to build this organisation. 2022 starts now!”
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