Darren Winterbine, Basketball

Darren Winterbine coaching

Why did you start coaching?

I was privileged to be coached by some of the best coaches in Australia as a junior.

My coaches inspired me to consider coaching as I really liked what they did with us. I also wanted to give back to our kids, and community. In particular, I wanted to share the passion, knowledge and skills I gained through my professional basketball career. 

What sport do you play? 

I used to play professional basketball (2 years in NBL for Newcastle Falcons) and semi-professional (six to eight years in the WA SBL).

I currently play Veterans Basketball and AFL Masters Australian Football for the Northampton Rams.

My first sport ever played was soccer; and no I have never had anything broken! 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Community Coach (Formerly LO)
  • Club Coach (Formerly L1)
  • Director of GABA (Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association); the current clubs are Chapman Valley, Hawks, Olympians, Pumas, Railways, Stateside and Trades
  • Member of Geraldton Buccaneers
  • Coach of the Geraldton Buccaneers U13 Representative team.

Three words that best describe you

Passionate, funny, positive (and happy)

I love coaching kids more than adults; this is because I can see progress much faster. I also feel that I can make a significant contribution towards their growth and development as a person; as an athlete who can then become a valuable member of our community.

Athletic career achievements

I’ve been playing for 30 years. Highlights of my career include:

  • 2001 National Champions - Australian Police Championships - Tournament MVP
  • 1997 – National Police Basketball Championships – Tournament MVP
  • 1996 WA State Basketball League – All-Star
  • 1995 WA State Basketball League – All-Star
  • 1993 & 1994 –NBL Newcastle Falcons
  • 1993 Continental Basketball Association (CBA - now SEABL) U23 Player of the year
  • 1993 – CBA All-Star
  • 1991 & 1992 – National School Champions 
  • 1988 & 1989 National Champions.
  • 1988 – 1994 – NSW state teams (six years) from U 16 to U 20 – National Championships two Gold medals and one Bronze. 

Coaching achievements

I was involved in coaching some talented kids that were able to play at Basketball WA, Country Week Championships, State Championships, U16 and U18 WA Country State Teams. GABA Division 1 Men’s Champions 2009/2010 and All-Star coach.  

Do you have a sports idol?

Charles Barkley, who was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, during the NBA’s 50th anniversary. He was a versatile player who had the ability to score, create plays, and defend. He also knew that it’s important to train hard and be better than anybody else around him. He was tough and beat much bigger opponents because he wanted to win more than they did.  

What sort of work you do?

I am the Training Director for the Management, Automotive, Computing, Engineering, Art and Work Health and Safety at Central Regional TAFE. I am responsible for the lecturing staff and programs across all of these areas within a region that is larger than NSW. 

Do you have any hobbies? 

My family - especially my two kids, are my hobbies. I take any opportunity to spend as much time with them as I can, but it also helps that they are very much into basketball and usually this time is spent around a court somewhere ... 

What advice would you give to a young aspiring athlete?

  • Always have a good positive attitude toward whatever you do.
  • Be prepared to listen, learn and work hard, and work harder than everybody else around you.
  • Don’t make excuses for your mistakes or your shortcomings.
  • Work hard and do things the right way. You may not see the instant result you want but if you do the right things and work hard it will pay off.