Player

Brendan Joyce

Australian Opals DOB: 9 Dec 1959 Height: N/A Position: Head Coach Number: N/A

Emerging as one of the premier point guards in NBL in the early 1980s, Joyce enjoyed a decorated career as a player, making more than 289 appearances for the Nunawading Spectres and Brisbane Bullets between 1979 and 1991.

Joyce was twice an NBL All-Star (1988 and 1989) and also a member of the Australian Boomers squads in 1982 and 1988.

Following his playing career, Joyce progressed from point guard to coach, earning his stripes in the SEABL (then CBA) with the Ballarat Miners. The accolades ensued, as Joyce led the team to back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995, claiming Coach of the Year honours in both seasons.

This success led to the Wollongong Hawks appointing Joyce to lead the NBL franchise in 1995, starting what would become a fruitful relationship that lasted more than a decade.

Joyce helped turn the Hawks into a perennial finals team, guiding the club to their first and only NBL Championship in 2001, immortalising himself as one of the club’s all-time greats.

At this time, Joyce was invited to become a part of the Australian Boomers program as an Assistant Coach to Brian Goorjian. In his time with the Boomers, Joyce played a role in two Olympic campaigns (2004 and 2008) as well as the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

After departing Wollongong, Joyce was charged with leading expansion club the Gold Coast Blaze in 2007, their inaugural campaign. Joyce was also at the helm as they stormed through to their first NBL post-season in 2008.

In May 2013, Joyce was appointed Head Coach of the Jayco Australian Opals – the team’s first full-time Head Coach in more than a decade. It was a busy start to the role for Joyce, who immediately brought together a strong Opals team to tour China the following month.

The Opals went on to secure passage to the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women by sweeping New Zealand to claim the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship and another gold medal in 2015 against New Zealand sealed their spot in Rio where Joyce will lead his first Olympic campaign.

Coaching Career:

1993-1995 – Ballarat Miners Head Coach (CBA now SEABL)
1995-2006 – Wollongong Hawks Head Coach (NBL)
2001-2009 – Australian Boomers Assistant Coach
2007-2009 – Gold Coast Blaze (NBL)
2013-Current – Australian Opals Head Coach

Major Awards:

Olympic Games: 2004 (Assistant Coach), 2008 (Assistant Coach)
FIBA World Championship: 2006 (Assistant Coach)
Commonwealth Games: 2006 (Gold – Assistant Coach)
FIBA Oceania Championships: 2003 (Assistant Coach), 2005 (Assistant Coach), 2007 (Assistant Coach), 2013 (Head Coach), 2015 (Head Coach)
Australian Boomers Squad Member: 1982, 1988
NBL Championships: 2001
NBL Coach of the Year: 1999, 2001
NBL Games: 289 (1979-1991 with Nunawading Spectres and Brisbane Bullets)
NBL All-Star: 1988, 1989
SEABL Championship: 1994, 1995
SEABL Coach of the Year: 1994, 1995
SEABL Coach of the Decade Award 1990-2000

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