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Our Coaches

The Sunbury Jets prides itself on having elite coaches and staff. With a level of experience and qualifications that are second to none, we believe we have one of the best basketball staff in the state of Victoria. Our members have daily access to high-performance coaching, elite program delivery, development pathways, and a structured basketball curriculum.

The SBA is committed to providing the best opportunities for Sunbury players and coaches to develop under professional coaches who have experience at the elite level of basketball in Australia and internationally.

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TBA

Director of Coaching

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John White

Big V Championship Men's Head Coach

  • 2022 - present Big V Sunbury Jets Championship Men's Head Coach

  • 2022 Big V State Championship Men's Coach of the Year

  • 2020-2021 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship Women Head Coach

  • 2018-present Xavier College Men's 1st team Head Coach

  • 2017 State U20's Men Assistant Coach (Champions)

  • 2017 National Junior Classic, Dandenong Rangers Head Coach

  • 2016-2017 VJBL U16's Dandenong Rangers Head Coach

  • 2016 State U16's Girls Assistant Coach 

  • 2016-2019 SEABL/NBL1 Dandenong Rangers Women Head Coach 

  • 2015-2019 WNBL Dandenong Rangers Assistant Coach

  • 2013-2014 NBL Melbourne Tigers Assistant Coach 

  • 2013-2014 SEABL Sandringham Sabers Men's Assistant Coach

  • 2011-2012 Big V Camberwell Dragons Men's Assistant Coach

  • 2015-present Xavier College Head of Sports Operations

  • Bachelor of Sport Development

  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching

  • NCAS Basketball Level 2 (Advance Coaching)

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Simon Nicholson

Big V Championship Women's Head Coach & Basketball Development Officer

  • 2023 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship Women's Head Coach

  • 2022-current Basketball Development Officer Sunbury Basketball 

  • 2022/23 WNBL Bendigo Spirit Development coach 

  • 2023 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship Woman's Head Coach 

  • 2023 Victoria Country State U16 Girls assistant coach 

  • 2019-current VJBL Sunbury Jets Head Coach 

  • 2021-2022 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship Woman's Assistant Coach 

  • 2021-2022 Victoria Country State U16 Girls Development Coach 

  • 2018-2020 Big V Sunbury Jets Youth League Woman's Assistant Coach 

  • 2016-Current Basketball Victoria State Development Programs coach 

  • Association Level coaching qualification

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Chris Tighe

General Manager & Big V Youth Women's Head Coach

  • 2019-present Big V Sunbury Jets Youth Championship Women's Head Coach

  • 2018 CBL Kyneton Tigers Women's Head Coach

  • 2017-2018 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship Women's Assistant Coach 2x Champions)

  • 2016 Big V Sunbury Jets Division 1 Men’s Assistant Coach

  • 2015-2016 VJBL U16.1 Sunbury Jets Girls Head Coach

  • Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science

  • 2014 Townsville U18's Women's Coach

  • 2012-2014 NBL High Performance and Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • 2012-2014 WNBL Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • Basketball Victoria State Performance Program (SPP) Coach

  • Queensland North Junior Basketball Championship (QNJBC)/ Queensland State Championship (QSC) Coach

  • NCAS Basketball Level 2 (Association Level)

  • Nationally Accredited Coach Education Course Presenter 

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John DeJonge

Big V Youth Men's Head Coach

  • 2023 Youth 2 Men Championship Coach

  • 2020-present Big V Sunbury Jets Youth Division 2 Men's Head Coach

  • 2018-2020 VJBL Sunbury Jets U16's Boys Head Coach

  • 2008-2010 Big V/VBL Melton Thoroughbreds Men's Assistant Coach

  • 2000-2003 VBL/CVIBL Melton Thoroughbreds Men's Assistant Coach  

  • 2000-2003 MMBL Melton Thoroughbreds Men's Head Coach

  • NCAS Basketball Level 2 (Association Level)

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