BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE One of the key pieces in the restructure of basketball in the region has been finalised with the appointment of Ben Richmond as the new full-time North-West general manager.
Richmond joins the Basketball Tasmania ranks after a stint with Cricket Tasmania as its North-West promotions officer.
The 26-year-old is certainly no stranger to the game, having played at NWBU level for Somerset along with several seasons in the now defunct SEABL with the North-West Thunder and time in his junior career at the Australian Institute of Sport on a scholarship.
He is also currently studying a Bachelor of Business Management.
Richmond’s role will see him take on administration duties for both the NWBU and Thunder, releasing the pressure on part-time and volunteer staff.
Basketball Tasmania chief executive Chris McCoy said the appointment will only help lift the standard of the game in the region.
“It adds another layer of professionalism to basketball in the North-West.,” he said.
“We’ve got general managers already in place in the other areas and we were keen to progress to a more professional model in this region.”
“It will help take a bit of pressure off a few people which I’m sure they will appreciate, and there will also be an element where he can be pro-active and look at new initiatives that we can drive to ensure we are increasing the sport on the North-West Coast.”
Richmond will begin his new role on January 6, and while McCoy said ideally he would have loved him to start right away, he is confident preparations next season are advanced.
“We’ll catch up with Ben over a couple of weekends to go through a few plans and start to prepare,” he said.
“But a lot of the work has already been done by the NWBU executive who have a lot of plans in place already, while the Thunder have a good committee who have kept things moving forward as well.”