The NZNBL 40th season tip off is just around the corner. Coach Joe has been busy of course behind the sense alongside the entire bulls organisation in preparation for their first ever home game on the 25th of April vs across town rival Auckland Huskies.
Coach Joe took some time this week to answer a few questions for us regarding the upcoming season.
Q: How have you found it transitioning from playing to coaching at this level?
I always wanted to eventually coach at this level. But had no idea it would all happen so soon. I took a lot of pride in representing my home town last year, in the Franklin Bulls’ first ever season.
Since I was a coach by trade outside of playing it hasn't been a huge adjustment. I'd say I've had to accelerate my own development to learn more technically/tactically but I've really enjoyed the process so far. The players have been great buying into everything... of course its been awesome working with Morgan & Jamie
Q: What is your role on the Bulls Coaching staff?
We all bring unique skill sets to our team. Our staff isn't a traditional model in the sense that the even though Jamie is the head coach, Morgan leads a lot of segments in trainings along side Jamie. I even take some sections here & there. My main role for the team is the player development side of things. I lead the morning vitamins sessions, also taking guys aside for individuals or even quick workouts pre practice.
Q: What games are you looking forward to this year?
Outside of final 4 nothing is going to top the very first game. It's been a long time coming the Bulls will be playing right here in Pukekohe! thats definitely going to be a special moment. Of course one away game I look forward to is when we play the Taranaki Airs @ Taranaki. Look forward to seeing a bunch of the Swoosh family there!
Q: How is the team looking heading into game one?
I know everyone is very excited, this has been a long time coming. The entire organisation have worked very hard to get us here. The players have put in a lot of hours both as individuals & as a team so it’a going to be awesome to see how it all comes together on the 25th.
We are all very excited for the season to start! We wish coach Joe & the entire team the best of luck for the season ahead! Be sure to check out the offical Bulls website for the schedule & ticketing information! https://www.bullsbasketball.nz/