Rob Beveridge is an internationally recognised Basketball coach with over 20 years professional coaching experience. He played representative basketball at State level for 7 years before studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Studies(‘92) and a Graduate Diploma in Elite Sports Coaching (’93). He began coaching Junior State teams at 19 and began his career as a professional coach in 1993.
Most recently, he was the Head Coach of the Perth Wildcats in the National Basketball League (NBL). The team won the National Basketball League (NBL) Championship in 2010 and created history by becoming the most successful NBL team in winning their 5th National Championship. In his 4 years with the Wildcats, the team made the Grand Final on 3 occasions and the semi final in the 2011 season. Previous to this, Rob coached The West Sydney Razorbacks and The Sydney Spirit in the NBL.
Prior to coaching in the NBL, Rob was the founding Head Coach of the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Basketball Program, a position he held for over 10 years. During this time he developed many players. Over 40 of these athletes became professional players; 34 have gone on to be selected into National programs and more than 30 athletes were placed into USA Colleges. Rob also coached for the National Intensive Centre Training Program, designed for 14 to 18 year old elite players.
Rob’s greatest achievement in coaching was as Head Coach of the Australian Junior Men’s Team which won the 2003 World Junior Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece, setting world records with the highest ever score and winning margin in a GOLD Medal game in International Basketball.
Rob was also an Assistant Coach with the Australian Senior Men’s Basketball Team (Boomers) at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, won a GOLD medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 and coached at the World Championship in Japan, 2006. In addition, he was Assistant Coach for Wheelchair Basketball during the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games where Australia won a silver medal.
Other international coaching experience included the Nike Hoop Summit (USA). During his 6 years as Head Coach of the World Select Team at this event, he coached more than 20 players that have gone onto being drafted into the NBA. He has also been the Basketball Camp Director at the Nike All Asia Camp (China) for the past 8 years and provided the opportunity for 55 young elite Australian players to attend and be coached by NBA coaches and players.
His coaching experience has ensured an extensive knowledge of the pathways available from the junior level through to elite international representation, with knowledge of both Australian and overseas systems.
Rob is a 14 time winner of Coach of the Year awards including the WA DSR High Performance Coach of the Year (2010), New South Wales (NSW) Sports Federation Coach of the Year Award (2004); Basketball Australia’s National Junior Male Coach of the Year (2000, 2004, 2005), NSW Basketball Coach of the Year (2000, 2002, 2003, 2007), NSW Basketball U22 Coach of the Year (1992, 1997, 1998) and Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Coach of the Year (2004). Rob was also a finalist for the Australian Sport Industry Coach of the Year Award in 2004.
Rob has been married to Suellen for 19 years and has two son’s Jaydon (15), Noah (8) and a daughter Annie (12).