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).

Coaching achievements

  • 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?

  • Listen
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Learn how to become a great team player; not only on the field, but also in life.