After 6 years at the helm of the all conquering Perth Wheelcats, Ben Ettridge has stepped down as Head Coach. In a decision that was no doubt difficult to make, Ben leaves behind the most successful Club Program in the world to concentrate on his role as National Coach.
Ben’s record as the Head Coach speaks for itself. In his 6 years with the Cats Ben has won 4 National Championships, The Kitakyushu Club Championship in 2007, NWBL Coach of the Year 3 times and Wheelchair Sports WA Coach of the Year 5 years in a row. Add to that his appointment as the Head Coach of the Rollers and numerous international tournament wins including the Gold Medal in Beijing 2008 and Ben certainly has been one of the most successful coaches the sport has ever seen.
Wheelchair Sports WA has been extremely proud of Ben and his achievements and particularly proud of the opportunities he has been provided through his association with Wheelchair Sports WA. From his first introduction to the game, to appointment as Head Coach of the Perth Wheelcats and his development through to Head Coach of the Australian Under 23’s Program, Assistant Coach with the Gliders and eventually Head Coach of the Rollers, Wheelchair Sports WA has been right there with Ben, developing and promoting him in his journey to the top of wheelchair basketball in Australia.
Ben has been instrumental also in introducing new coaches into the game and the Wheelchair Sports WA family in Lee Nott and John Triscari.
Quoting Ben’s blog, he says: “This is not decision that has been made lightly, and by no means is it the end of my association with WSWA or the Perth Wheelcats or wheelchair basketball.”
Best of luck to Ben with his future moving forward and with National Coaching duties. We all hope that you are a regular at Wheelcats home games this year. From all of Wheelchair Sports WA board, staff, membership and everyone that has ever come along to watch a Cats game, a very sincere thank you for all of your years of service to the Association, this fantastic team and group of players.