Bulls sign up ripper coach for 2007



THE Bundaberg Bulls yesterday announced the signing of American Aaron Wade as their new head coach for the 2007 season.

Bulls captain Todd Meyerding said Wade's 35-plus years of elite basketball experience would push the team to a new level of performance.

"We're very lucky to find someone with his experience locally," Meyerding said.

"He will be a huge factor in bringing new players to the club and signing back some of the players from last year." Wade had been taking the Bulls through their pre-season paces before the signing was announced.

"Some of the players here have got to know him through the pre-season training," Meyerding said.

"Players find it easier to play under an ex-player, because they understand what it's like playing under these schedules, what it's like on the body ? he also understands the game more than anyone else on this continent."

Wade was born in Compton, California, and moved to Australia after stints playing college basketball in America.

He then moved to Australia, where he was a highly successful import player for 21 years, pulling on the singlet for teams such as Cairns, Toowoomba, Gosford and Hervey Bay.

He coached at numerous levels during his playing career and was recently the head coach of the Gosford Waves in 1999.

Wade finished his highly successful playing career as a member of the 2001 Bundaberg Bulls.

Meyerding said the team had no pre-season games planned before the new year.

"We travel to Gladstone at the end of February to play some practice games at the junior carnival up there," he said.

"Nothing else beyond that, we always try and play a few games against Gladstone before the season starts."



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