Kereama departs Jets

Kennedy Kereama (Shawn Smits)

Sunbury Jets coaching director Kennedy Kereama departs the Sunbury Basketball Association after eight years at the club.

The Jets announced that Kereama had decided to step away from the association after eight years at Sunbury as a coaching director and previously as women’s coach.

“It is with sincere appreciation and mixed emotions that we announce the resignation of Kennedy Kereama from his role as coaching director at the Sunbury Basketball Association,” the Jets release said.

“Kennedy has been a cornerstone of our organisation for eight remarkable years, and his contribution to the growth and success of SBA has been nothing short of exceptional.

“Kennedy, in a heartfelt message, shared his decision to explore new opportunities and challenges in his career. While we deeply regret his departure, we wholeheartedly respect his decision and appreciate his commitment to ensuring a smooth transition.”

Kereama joined the Jets while he was the New Zealand women’s national coach and led the women’s side to three straight championships, one in division 1 and two in state championship.

While he stepped away from coaching at the Jets for new opportunities, including leading the Bendigo Spirit in the Women’s National Basketball League, Kereama remained the association’s coaching director.

He previously told Star Weekly that the Jets gave him an opportunity to rebuild himself after he was left without a job when the West Coast Waves’ WNBL licence was purchased and the club rebranded.

Association president Glenn Ogston said Kereama’s dedication and contributions to the association had been invaluable.

“He leaves behind an enduring legacy of excellence, and we are immensely grateful for his service.”

General manager Chris Tighe added, “Kennedy’s exceptional leadership and visionary approach have not only elevated our coaching program but have also played a pivotal role in shaping the culture of our community, the success of our Big V program, and the strides we’ve made in high-performance initiatives.

“His influence will be sorely missed, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude for his unwavering support.”