Dannii Devenny and former Perth Redback player Kerise Delcoure will join the duo along with former Perry Lakes Hawks’ trio Clare Thompson-Boston, Brieanna Nolan and Emily Burton.
It is Francis’s first time in the head coach role, having assisted with the Cockburn Cougars and Perry Lakes Hawks, and according to the newcomer, it is a challenge he is looking forward to.
‘Pre-season has been in full swing since November, and the girls have been pushed by our strength and conditioning coach Mal Lowther in what they tell me has been one of the toughest pre-seasons the team has been through in a few years,’ he said.
‘Our coaching staff are all very excited by how the girls are shaping up conditioning wise.’
Adjusting to his new club, Francis said he was hoping to bring a fresh attitude to the program and the side.
‘The bulk of the squad has tasted finals and grand finals basketball, as have I, and together I am hoping to get the club back there again,’ he said.
‘Our signings will add considerable depth to last year’s squad, and give club stalwarts Nicole Jorre St Jorre, Jodee Sontay and Amy Chinnery some much needed support.’
Jones has played basketball professionally for eight years in Australia and Europe as well as college basketball in the US, and she comes to the East Perth District Basketball Association (EPDBA) as a junior development officer as well as a player for the club.
She has spent the last two seasons alongside Francis at the Cockburn Cougars and was Runner-up Most Valuable Player last season.
Jones said she was excited about being part of EPDBA and the side.
‘Given my involvement in the Women’s SBL and with the role of junior development officer, my goal is to build and foster relationships between the Women’s SBL team and the those teams in the WABL and Development League,’ she said.