FRESH from his stint as a tactician with the Kerry senior football squad, Killarney man James Weldon was today ratified as head coach of the Ireland senior women’s basketball team.
The highly-rated trainer and motivator will take up the role from January 1 and will coach the squad up until the conclusion of the 2020 FIBA Women’s European Championships for Small Countries.
The appointment was confirmed by the Elite Performance Committee of Basketball Ireland in conjunction with the Women’s National League Committee.
Coach Weldon, 42, from Barleymount, brings a wealth of experience to the role and recently qualified as a certified FIBA Europe coach. He has been involved with international level on numerous occasions, including roles as head coach of the Irish Senior Women’s select team, assistant coach to the Hibernia senior men’s team and head coach of the Irish under 18 women’s squad.
He also enjoyed considerable success as head coach with UL Huskies senior women’s team that won three league titles, two national cup titles and four regular season titles.
Basketball Ireland said the Killarney man, a member of St Paul’s Basketball Club, was looking forward to the opportunity.
James remarked: “My coaching team and I will do everything we can over the next year and a half to get the players ready for international basketball. Over the next few months, we will be scouting the leagues and monitoring players and potential players abroad. It’s an exciting time to be involved with the team,’ he said.
Last December James was recruited by then Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice who was anxious to avail of his tactical expertise and, particularly, his awareness of good movement, footwork and swift ball transfer.
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