Ryan Petrik is the head coach of the Perth Lynx of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL). He started his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Rockingham Flames Men’s SBL team before being elevated to the head coaching role of the Flames Women’s SBL team, where over 10 seasons he guided them to three grand finals and two championships while earning WSBL Coach of the Year honours. Between 2015 and 2020, he served as an assistant coach with the Lynx, and between 2019 and 2021, he served as head coach of the Flames men’s team. His took the Mens Rockingham Flames team to both a NBL1 West and NBL1 National title in 2022. He took the Perth Lynx to a WNBL Grand Final Series in 2021/22 and was named WNBL Coach of the Year.
Brad Robbins is no stranger to the Perth basketball community, a member of the Perth Wildcats Championship winning team in 2010; he then co-captained the team for the 2010/11 season, leading them from the front to another playoff appearance.He played 215 NBL games and had a reputation for bringing a level of aggression to the court. Not quite the ‘angry ant’ now, Robbins coaching career began in 2017 when he was appointed assistant coach for the Joondalup Wolves Women’s team. He continued in the role in 2018 and had the responsibility as head coach for a large chunk of the season, with coach Craig Friday unavailable due to his duties with the national wheelchair team.
Natalie Burton is the Perth Lynx Assistant Coach. In addition to her role as an assistant with the club, Nat also plays with the Warwick Senators in the NBL1 West conference.
The 194cm centre emerged as a high-quality frontcourt player among the Australia Opals and got her first national call up under Head Coach Brendan Joyce in 2013. Since then, Burton has had a decorated career with the Opals, including getting bronze at the 2013 World University Games. In 2013 she was in the team that defeated New Zealand to claim the Oceania Championship.
Heading back to Australia, Burton suited up for the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL during the 2014/15 season and then made her way West, where she signed with the Perth Lynx over multiple seasons – 2015 – 2018. On November 17th Burton played her 100th Game with the Perth Lynx franchise, becoming the eleventh player in team history.
Adam is an accredited High Performance Manager and Sport Scientist and holds professional Strength and Conditioning credentials in Australia and the USA. He has completed Master Degrees in High Performance Sport (ACU) and Coaching Science (Griffith University) and has 10 years of experience working in national, international and Olympic level programs. Basketball wise, Adam worked in the WNBL for 4 years and had 3 years of International exposure with Australia and New Zealand basketball. He is currently the Physical Preparation Specialist at the Western Australian Institute of Sport.
Dr Peter Steele holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. He also gained a Graduate Diploma of Musculoskeletal Medicine and holds a Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Pracitioners. He was the Senior Medical Officer for the Fremantle Dockers Football Club and is the current Sports Physician for the AIS Men’s Hockey Squad/Kookaburras.
Christal joined Ascend Physiotherapy in early 2018 after completing her Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University. Christal comes to us with a wealth of sporting experience and knowledge in both rowing (As an athlete and coach) as well as rugby where she has experience as Head Physio for Curtin Univeristy Rugby Club and the high performance pathways at Rugby WA. Christal also has a special interest in Hamstring rehabilitation, concussion management and ankle rehabilitation