Rockingham woman new assistant coach for Perth Lynx

Ryan Petrik, here with Rockingham Flames player Kaye Tucker, coached the Flames to the 2014 trophy.        d425318
Ryan Petrik, here with Rockingham Flames player Kaye Tucker, coached the Flames to the 2014 trophy.        d425318

CHAMPIONSHIP winning Rockingham Flames women’s coach Ryan Petrik has been appointed assistant coach of Perth’s new WNBL team Perth Lynx.

Petrik, who has coached the Flames for the past seven seasons taking them to two grand finals and winning the 2014 championship, is a product of West Australian basketball and said he’d always wanted to work with fellow Perth local and Lynx head coach Andy Stewart.

“I’ve only ever wanted to work with two coaches and Andy is one of them, but that was never going to happen while we were at different SBL clubs,” he said.

“However, it was Andy who got me involved with the WA State team, where I worked with him, and now I get to work with him in the WNBL which is terrific.”

Petrik coached the WA under-20 women’s to second place at the recent national championships, and said joining the Lynx was not only a big step for him as a coach, but an exciting opportunity to be a part of an organisation actively looking to grow the profile of women’s basketball in WA.

“It’s terrific coming into an organisation who are building from a blank canvas – it’s being built the way they want it built,” he said.

“(Managing director) Nick Marvin and Andy are really high-character people who have started from a blank whiteboard and are in the process of finding 10 names to put on it.”