Bundaberg Bulls coach defies odds
THE season has not even begun and Bundaberg Radiology Bulls coach Adam Curran is defying his critics.
When Curran, a 24-year-old former Bundaberg junior with no senior coaching experience, was hired this off-season his ability to draw big-name players was questioned.
But this week’s announcement that Matt Hanson would be coming back to Bundaberg helped quash those fears.
“Signing Matt for another year was a major step for us coming into next year,” Curran said.
Now he has plans to answer the biggest question-mark hanging over his appointment as coach: Can this man lead Bundaberg back to the play-offs?
It was a lean two years for Bundaberg under Michael Van Dongen, who failed to lead Bundaberg into the post-season.
But unearthing Hanson was one Van Dongen’s biggest achievements.
Playing in a lacklustre squad that won only three games, Hanson was one of the most consistent performers in the Queensland Basketball League.
The United States import led the league in rebounds and averaged 32.6 points per game.
“We’ve had some quality players come and play over the years, but Matt would have to rate up there among the best,” Curran said.
“He is one of the best players in the competition and he will be a big boost as we try to grow as a club and hopefully make the play-offs this year.”
Hanson, who is still in the US, was unavailable for interviews yesterday.
But Curran said the 25-year-old guard was excited about returning to Bundaberg.
“He really enjoyed his time here in Bundaberg last year and he has expressed his interest in helping us build something here,” Curran said.
Graeme Cashin, business manager for Bull’s major sponsor Bundaberg Radiology, said Hanson’s signing showed the club was moving in the right direction.
“Matt is a great ambassador for the game and the fact that he has signed to return for another year shows that he is happy with the way the club is going,” Cashin said.
Now Curran will work on securing the rest of his squad to compete in the QBL 2010 competition.
So far Hanson is Curran’s only signing for the team.
“We’ve had some quality players ... but Matt would have to be among the best.”Bulls coach Adam Curran