The Wollongong Hawks are delighted to announce reigning NBL Coach of the Year and dual Olympian Gordie McLeod will lead the Wollongong Hawks for a further three years.
McLeod said he was excited to be signing a multi-year deal given the club’s new direction under private ownership.
“The Hawks have proven time and again that they have the heart and the ability to mix it with the best. I look forward to leading them into the new season and giving the fans some amazing basketball action. These really are exciting times to be a fan of Basketball in the Illawarra region and I’m proud to be a part of it,” McLeod said
Potential new owner James Spenceley welcomed the signing, saying McLeod is a major asset to the Hawks and he was determined to ensure a long term agreement with the Coach as part of the Club’s transition to private ownership.
“Gordie at the helm forms the cornerstone of our bid to develop a sustainable and successful future, his signing for 3 years gives us the experience and stability and a huge boost for what will be an incredibly exciting season to come.”
NBL Chief Executive Fraser Neill is equally as positive on the appointment.
“This is a fantastic signing for the Hawks and it is great news for the NBL to be retaining Gordie as a coach in the League for at least another three seasons.”
“Winning the NBL Coach of the Year award is not only a true reflection of Gordie’s standing as a mentor to players but a gauge of his respect around the league. It is a peer voted award and a clear
indication of the esteem he is held in around the NBL.”
Current Wollongong hawks Chairman, Peter Bahlmann, said the signing was a coup for both the Club and the community.
“It goes without saying that we are pleased to see Gordie commit to the Club long term. I’m sure fans will welcome this great news.”
In summing up, McLeod said he was excited about the future under potential new owner James Spenceley.