The JCU Townsville Fire boasts a world-class coaching program committed to the holistic development of their players both on and off the floor. Having contested the past four WNBL Grand Finals, the Fire will attempt to become just the third WNBL club in history to secure a three-peat in 2016/17.
The JCU Townsville Fire appointed Claudia Brassard as head coach prior to the 2016/17 WNBL season.
Having served as an assistant for the past three season – including back-to-back championships – Brassard became the first former player to lead the club.
Having debuted in the WNBL with Bulleen in 2000/01, the Canadian Olympian spent five seasons playing for the Fire including captaining the club from 2004/05 to 2006/07 and was named MVP in her first season as skipper.
JCU Townsville Fire assistant coach Mark Wrobel enters his third WNBL season after helping the club to back-to-back titles.
Widely regarded as one of the best development coaches in the nation, Wrobel boasts five international gold medals including the recent Under-17 World Championships, as well as two Australian Junior Championships.
Wrobel boasts a further two QBL and ABA championships.
NBL legend Peter Crawford joins the JCU Townsville Fire coaching staff for the first time in 2016/17 after enjoying a decorated playing career.
Having played close to 500 NBL games, the London Olympian spent the 2015/16 WNBL season with the Adelaide Lightning before returning to North Queensland.
A fan favourite with the Townsville public during his playing career with the Crocs, Crawford is one of the game’s purest shooters and boasts a sharp basketball mind on and off the court.