JCU Townsville Fire Extend Head Coach Shannon Seebohm Until End Of 2024 Season
Townsville, December 10, 2020 – The JCU Townsville Fire are excited to announce the re-signing and extension of Head Coach Shannon Seebohm until at least the end of the 2023/24 WNBL season. Already committed to the club until the end of the next WNBL season, Seebohm has committed for a further two years in a move that reinforces the Fire’s commitment to provide a league-leading place for players to develop and excel.
Widely considered as one of the league’s elite head coaching talents with a keen eye for talent and focus on player development, Seebohm is currently in his second season with the club, who are currently in contention for the WNBL playoffs with 7 wins from 11 games.
Following last season’s disappointment, Seebohm’s ability to recruit some of the nation’s best young talent and mould them into a cohesive unit sees them currently in second place in points per game with 80.8.
Seebohm is pleased to extend his contract with the Fire:
“I am delighted to be able to extend my time with the Fire. From the very first moment they have welcomed me and my family into the community with open arms, and it’s great to know that we will be here for at least the next three years.”
“The club itself provides an incredible environment for everyone to excel, including myself as coach, and I thank the Board, Management and Organisation for the faith they have shown in me. I’m looking forward to continuing my work both with the Fire and among the Townsville basketball community more broadly as we focus on the development of local talent.”
Townsville Fire General Manager Sam Pascoe:
“We are very excited about today’s announcement and what it means for the club in terms of planning. We have secured someone we believe is the best WNBL coach in the country on a long-term deal, someone who has shown time and again his genuine desire to be a strong part of the Townsville community through his work in our school and youth engagement programs.”
“Watching Shannon work day-to-day, and what he does in his player development and preparation, and the strong relationship he has with his players is testament to his drive and commitment to the program and reinforces everything that the Fire program stands for.”
Seebohm holds an extensive coaching resume which includes a WNBL coach of the year award for the 2014-15 season, and three seasons as Assistant Coach of the Sydney Kings. He has been part of Basketball Australia’s National coaching ranks for almost six years, which has included coaching the National Under 17 Women’s Team to Gold at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship. As a player he represented Australia at the FIBA U19 World Championship, attended the AIS and played for the Souths Dragons in the NBL before retiring due to health issues.