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Wildcats name Stewart assistant coach

Perth Wildcats
Tuesday June 18, 2013

The Perth Wildcats have signed Andy Stewart as their head assistant coach for the next three seasons.

Stewart has had a heavy involvement with the club since 2009, including the 2010 championship, as part-time assistant coach and head coach of the Wildcats Academy, but this new position will see him become full-time assistant coach.

Stewart said he’s looking forward to beginning in his new role.

“It’s a very exciting time for the club, it’s an opportunity to build on the solid foundations of the last few years and a great new challenge for me,” he said.

“I have a chance to further develop under a new head coach and to work on individual player development with both new and old members of the team. That’s where my strengths are, and I can’t wait for the pre-season.”

The position means Stewart will end his time as head coach of the Lakeside Lightning whom he has coached for 14 seasons and currently has sitting three games clear on top of the SBL ladder.

Stewart is a product of West Australian basketball and in his time at Lakeside has won three championships, four coach of the year awards and has made the league’s grand final an impressive six times. He has also been Lakeside Lightning’s Director of Coaching WABL since 1995 where he won two coach of the year awards and an amazing 20 junior WABL championships.

Stewart was also the head coach of the Athletes in Action Australia team from 1996 – 2005, the assistant coach of the WA men’s under 20s state team, the head coach of the women’s under 20s state team and the head coach of the Men’s SBL tour of Indonesia in 2011.

He was named the Department of Sport and Recreation’s High Performance Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012, as well as Community Coach of the Year in 2010.

Andy Stewart will remain head coach of Lakeside Lightning until the end of the current SBL season.

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