Wildcats role for Stewart

Andy Stewart (far right) is the Wildcats’ new head assistant coach.
Andy Stewart (far right) is the Wildcats’ new head assistant coach.

The 2012-13 championship runners up moved last week to sign Bibra Lake resident Andy Stewart as their head assistant coach for the next three seasons.

This new role moves him into a full-time position with the club.

Stewart has been heavily involved with the club since 2009. He was an assistant coach and head coach of the Wildcats academy during the 2010 championships.

‘It’s a very exciting time for the club. It’s an opportunity to build on the solid foundations of the last few years and a great new challenge for me,’ he said.

‘Rob Beveridge was excellent in terms of involving his coaches and I’m looking forward to continuing in a similar fashion.

‘I have a chance to further develop under a new head coach and to work on individual player development with both new and old members of the team. That’s where my strengths are and I can’t wait for the pre-season.’

Stewart’s promotion will bring to an end his role as head coach of the Lakeside Lightning in the Southern Basketball League, which he has coached for 14 seasons.

Currently sitting three games clear on top of the SBL ladder, Stewart said he was keen to end his tenure with a fourth championship trophy.

‘We had a goal at the start of the year to reach the top two. From the results so far, we’ve been able to place ourselves in a really strong position.

‘But to win a championship you need to be good enough and have a bit of luck. We’ve seen a lot of teams that are good enough but not have that touch of luck. We have a strong foundation.’