Aaron Ducas, Basketball
What sport do you coach?
- Basketball (A Grade) for 15 years
- Football – for a couple of years when my son used to play.
Why did you start coaching?
When I used to play football and basketball as kid, I had great coaches. This inspired me to become a basketball coach and enabled me to give back to the community.
What sport do you play?
- I’ve been playing basketball since I was eight years old.
- I currently play veteran’s basketball.
- My first sport ever played was football.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Community Coach (Formerly LO) - basketball
- Club Coach (Formerly L 1) - basketball
- Umpire L1 - basketball
- Director of GABA (Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association); the current clubs are Chapman Valley, Hawks, Olympians, Pumas, Railways, Stateside and Trades
- Member of Geraldton Buccaneers.
Three words that best describe you
Loud, positive and happy; I’m somebody who’s always looking on the bright side.
If you were an animal, what would you like to be?
Orang-utan – jetfire, red-hair, long arms.
Athletic career achievements
- 1989 - I played in the first Geraldton Buccaneers grand final.
- I played for Rovers Football Club when they won three GNFL Premierships.
- 1988, 1994 and 1997 - I was named the Basketballer of the Year (Mitchell and Brown Award via Buccaneers).
- I have coached some young athletes who successfully made it to various National Championship.
- I’m an assistant coach for the Geraldton Buccaneers ‘Young Guns’ junior development program – developing the squads for a tour to China.
Do you have a sports idol?
- Charles Barkley – great athlete, inspiring commitment and passion for basketball.
- Gregg Popovich – Coach the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association; he’s considered on of the greatest coaches in NBA history.
- Coach K (Head Coach at Duke University).
What sort of work you do?
I’m a draftsman and sales representative for Plunkett Homes, Geraldton.
What are your hobbies?
I love anything that involves movement so, I hate sports like fishing with passion.
What advice would you give to an aspiring young athlete?
- Be enthusiastic
- Learn how to become a great team player; not only on the field, but also in life.