Coaches

Ryan Petrik – Head Coach

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 – Assistant Coach

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.

 

MEDICAL

 

Adam Wolski – Manager of Performance and Health


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 – Team Doctor


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 Hewlett – Head Physiotherapist


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