Shannon Seebohm has quite a resume. A scholarship recipient at the Australian Institute of Sport, Australian representative at the FIBA World U19 Championships and an Assistant Coach at the Sydney Kings. Seebohm joined Brydens Sydney Uni Flames as Head Coach in 2014, going on to win the WNBL Coach of the Year – a tremendous achievement in his rookie season.
We caught up with Shannon and Assistant Coach Reece Potter in the lead up to Brydens Sydney Uni Flames 2015/16 season opener against Perth Lynx on Saturday October 10 at 7:00pm.
We are only a couple of days out from the Flames season opener against Perth Lynx – what’s the energy like at training?
Shannon: Really good. We are really pleased with where the girls are at. There is always room to improve but I am feeling confident.
What are your thoughts on Perth Lynx’s current team?
Shannon: We can expect Perth will be a team that plays really hard. They’ve got a lot of talent. I am expecting a big crowd and a lot of community support. It will be a tough game.
Can you describe the Flames current training schedule?
Shannon: We are training 4 sessions per week as a team and having 2-3 sessions dedicated to strength and conditioning. Reece and I have been working with players individually, also. Preseason is always quite hectic in regards to training.
How are new recruits Carly and Joslyn going? Have they adjusted well?
Shannon: Really well. They are both really good additions. I had been following Joslyn for a few years – I always felt she’d be a great addition to this league. Same goes for Carly. They are both great.
Obviously Carolyn Swords has had a extremely successful WNBA series with New York Liberty – what do you see her bringing to the Flames?
Shannon: Carolyn will bring size and experience. She has played at highest level in the world and has done very well at that level. She is defensive and can protect the basket really well. She also has a strong inside scoring presence. She will be a terrific addition.*
Earlier this year Katie Rae, with the Opals, qualified for Rio 2016 – this is an incredible achievement. Do you think the Opals success will service Katie and the Flames this season?
Shannon: Absolutely. It kept Katie playing in the offseason and against extremely high caliber players, helping her to continue playing and playing well.
Reece: It has also improved her leadership.
The Flames will return to Brydens Stadium on October 14 against the University of Canberra Capitals – what do fans have to look forward to?
Shannon: Flames fans will see a team that is hungry to win and do better than last year. We are looking to compete from the start to end of the game. We are going to play an exciting style of basketball this season. I’m feeling confident it’s going to be a great season for us.
* Carolyn Swords is due to arrive in Sydney on Sunday 10 October and is expected to suit up for the Flames’ first home game against the University of Canberra Capitals on Wednesday 14 October at 7:00pm.