COACHING STAFF

Coach's Message

- Head Coach, Sokol Blazovski

It's an exciting time for the MSF Basketball Academy, as we re-open the doors to Specialised Private Training, Weekly Morning Rise Up Programs, Meet Your Neighbour Bootcamps and School Holiday Basketball Camps. Please check out the Calendar for upcoming program dates.

In my 15 years experience as a player, I've been fortunate to play with some of the best clubs in Melbourne. I've played in Europe for Macedonia and represented Australia in China. Traveled to the USA to pursue a Scholarship in Chicago, with a high influence from my own personal Coach/Mentor, TJ/ Tyrell Jackson ( Former Drake University, All-American).

Currently I'm playing for Altona Gators, Big V,  to stay on top of my game and to be part of building a championship team from the West. I hope that through my programs I can have an impact in developing some great players from the area that will go onto play at the highest level.

As a Player/Coach over the past 14 years, I've also been very fortunate to have coached and worked alongside some of Australia's Basketball Legends; Andrew Gaze, Darryl McDonald, Brett Rainbow to name a few.

In more recent years, I brought back the Footscray Hawks Basketball Club to continue the program that local legend Arthur Thompson once started. This was the same club that I grew up with, and to see it no longer exist, I felt like I had to do something to bring it back to the Footscray YMCA. Through this process, the Hawks program went on to become a registered club at the Westgate Basketball Association. The club has achieved some great success, winning grand finals and now with over 150 registered players. Some players have gone on to play Division 1 College in the US, Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang (both now playing at Louisville) and Emmanuel Malou (now playing at Iowa State).


Sokol Blazovski - Coach / Director

PLAYING EXPERIENCE

Melbourne Tigers Victorian Championship Level
Under 16’s
Under 18’s
Under 20’s
Coached by Al Westover (Melbourne Tigers NBL Championship Coach)

Macedonian Professional Basketball League
Under 16’s and 18’s, Godel Rabotnici (Division 1)
Selected in the All-Macedonian Training Camp

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Chicago (Division 2)
Team coached by Kenny Battle (former NBA player)

3 years personal training with Tyrell Jackson (Drake U All-American)

Represented Australia with Diamond Valley (ABA) in China
Competed against teams representing USA and China

ABA Experience
1 year with Diamond Valley (Big V) coached by Kelvin Bowers (Played NCAA D1, Santa Clara)
2 years with Werribee Devils (Big V) coached by Warrick Giddey (NBL, Melbourne Tigers)
1 year with Whittlesea Pacers (Big V Division 1)

 

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Whittlesea Pacers Under 20's Vic Championship / Head Coach 2016-17
  • Ball Up Australia Head Coach / Tour across Melbourne - Geelong - Adelaide - Perth / 2016
  • Highschool and Primary school clinics across Melbourne through MSF Basketball
  • Basketball Head Coach at Footscray Hawks / YMCA for 7 years
  • “Staying on the Ball” Life Skills and Basketball Camp / Head Coach
  • Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball Camps (with Brett Rainbow)
    Assistant Coach for 3 years
    Coached alongside Darryl McDonald (NBL legend)

  • Melbourne Tigers Basketball Camps
    Coached alongside Warrick Giddey and Melbourne Tigers players

  • Gaze Basketball Camps
    Coached under Andrew Gaze alongside professional athletes

  • Primary and Highschool basketball coach for Melbourne Girls Grammar

 


List of Coaches Coming Soon

 

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