Brown steps down from coach?s role

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FORMER Giants Liquor Port City Power women's coach Shane Brown has labelled his decision to step down from the role as one of the hardest he's ever had to make.

Brown announced his resignation this week after the Power outfit, who are yet to field a fullstrength side, slid to its fourth loss from as many starts against Maroochydore on Sunday.

His assistant coach Sandy Barnes, who herself was in charge of the side during the early rounds last season before stepping down, will replace Brown in a caretaking role until a permanent replacement can be found.

Brown felt he needed more experience before he could coach at the Southern Cross Division level.

'I just realised I was out of my league,' Brown confessed yesterday.

'I'm happy I had a go but I've realised you need a heck of a lot more preparation once you get to this league.'

Brown said he had put his hand up for the job in the interests of Gladstone basketball ? and it's with those same interests in mind that he has ended his stint as the women's mentor.

'Hopefully they'll find someone who's up to it (the job) more than me,' he said.

'I'd like to thank the Gladstone committee for giving me the chance and for supporting me and the players for giving me a go.'

Brown said the women's team had the potential to become a stronger outfit and just needed the right person in charge who could draw out the players' ability.

He also would not rule out a return to the Southern Division coaching ranks at a later date after he has completed more study and gained more experience and qualifications.

The best way the Power women can repay their former coach is to put in a big performance against Hervey Bay at Kev Broome Stadium tonight.

Meanwhile, the Power men will look to get back on track after a promising early season start by lowering Hervey Bay's colours tonight.

Gladstone and Hervey Bay development squads get proceedings under way at 4pm, followed by the women's clash at 6pm and the men at 8pm.



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