Nicholson moves on

The Sunbury Jets are on the hunt for a new Big V women’s state championship coach, with the club announcing the departure of Simon Nicholson.

The club announced on its website that Nicholson would finish up at the association on February 8, stepping down from his roles at the association’s basketball development officer and as Big V women’s coach.

“In his heartfelt letter of resignation, Simon shared his mixed emotions and gratitude for the incredible journey he has had over the last 23 months as BDO and the seven rewarding years as a coach in the VJBL [Victorian Junior Basketball League] and Big V programs,” the announcement said.

“Throughout his time as BDO, BigV, and VJBL Coach, Simon made significant contributions to the basketball programs and community. Some of his notable achievements include expanding Aussie Hoops programs, successfully extending the under-8s program into Gisborne, and building the under-10 Flight Path program to over 140 players across Sunbury and Gisborne.

“Simon implemented various initiatives such as the Flight Path Gala Day, a comprehensive training program aligning with the SBA style of play, and the successful relaunch of the domestic development and shooting school programs.

“He also coached in the youth league women’s program in a championship season and represented the club at various state basketball tournaments.

“Additionally, he will be stepping down as the head coach of the senior women’s team.”

Nicholson coached the women’s Big V side for one season, leading a brand new side to a 7-14 season, finishing in fifth spot, one win behind fourth spot.