Rob Beveridge is an internationally recognized Basketball coach with over 23 years professional coaching experience. He played representative basketball at State level for 7 years before studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Studies (‘92) and a Graduate Diploma in Elite Sports Coaching (’93). He began coaching Junior State teams at 19 and began his career as a professional coach in 1993.
“Bevo” guided the Wildcats to the 2010 championship when they defeated the Hawks 2-1. His 4 years with Perth featured 3 Grand Final appearances and a Semi Final appearance amassing an impressive 74 Win – 38 Loss record.
Beveridge boasts an impressive resume including head coaching roles at the West Sydney Razorbacks, Sydney Spirit as well as coaching Australia to a Gold Medal at the 2003 World Junior Championships. Beveridge has also been heavily involved in the national program as an assistant coach of the Boomers at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games (Gold) and World Championships.
Most recently, he has been working as a Consultant Coach for National University in The Philippines where they won their first National Championship in 60 years. In addition, Rob also has worked for Alaska Aces in the PBA where they finished as Runners Up in The PBA Philippine Cup
Before working in the Philippines, Rob was appointed Head Coach for the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Rob led the team from 8 wins in the previous season to 20 wins and making the playoffs for the first time in many years.
Prior to coaching in the NBL, Rob was the founding Head Coach of the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Basketball Program, a position he held for over 10 years. During this time he developed many players. Over 40 of these athletes became professional players; 34 have gone on to be selected into National programs and more than 30 athletes were placed into USA Colleges. Rob also coached for the National Intensive Centre Training Program, designed for 14 to 18 year old elite players.
Starting as floor wiper when he was 9 years old, Illawarra Junior and NSW u-20 captain Matt Flinn debuted for the Hawks in the 1992 season before moving onto the Townsville Crocs in 1995. Post his playing career, Matt gained a degree in PD-H-PE at Wollongong University and was Head Coach of the Illawarra Seahawks ABA team. Matt joined the club as an assistant coach in the 2007 season.
Eric Cooks joined the Hawks as a player in 1997, he was captain of the 1999/2000 team before retiring and moving into an Assistant Coaching role under Brendan Joyce as the Hawks claimed the 2001 Championship.
In 2006/07 “Cookie” took over the Head Coach position until the end of the 2008/09 season.
Cooks returned to the Assistant role when Gordie McLeod took the reigns in 2009/10.
The 2015/16 Season marks Cookie’s 20th consecutive season at the Hawks.