Breakers announce Kevin Braswell as new head coach

The New Zealand Breakers have officially appointed Kevin Braswell as their new head coach on Monday.

Braswell joins the Breakers on a three-year deal, with an option on the final year of the contract.

Braswell is a former point guard for the Breakers and is excited to re-join the club as the head coach.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity, I honestly am at a loss for words in a way. It wasn’t my plan to be head coach of the SKYCITY Breakers. But the opportunity opened up out of the blue and suddenly it got exciting. I started talking with Dillon and Matt and we spoke about where the new owners are wanting to take the club and things they have planned, it sounded great and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

“In coaching you always want to keep moving, keep progressing, for me this is the next step, there is nothing more I can accomplish in the New Zealand league, it is time to take my ability to a higher level.”

Braswell notably led the Wellington Saints of the NZ NBL to back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017, and brings a wealth of experience and expertise back to the Breakers.

Breakers CEO Matt Walsh had complimentary words for the team’s newly signed head coach.

“We are delighted to announce Kevin as our next Head Coach, someone who knows the club and has a strong association with the NBL, to lead our basketball programme in what will be exciting times for the club, the league and for the fans.

“This has been a tough process with KB winning out over a list of high quality candidates. His vision for the team and the style of play that he will bring fits with our vision as owners and he knows the club and the values we look to live and breathe every day.”

NBL free agency officially opened today, and the team currently has just four players under contract for next season (Alex Pledger, Thomas Abercrombie, Finn Delaney and Shea Ili).

The club is expected to confirm assistant coaches in the next few weeks.

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