4Adam Fox has been involved with the Hills Raiders Basketball Association (HRBA) since he was a player in the Panthers under 12 boy’s team. In more than 25 years since then, he has added refereeing, coaching and being on the HRBA Committee to his involvement in the local basketball scene. This month, he is about to take on the exciting challenge of coaching the Hills Raiders under 15 boy’s team at the State Championships. We take a look at the man who has been a stalwart of the HRBA.

Adam has coached junior teams in all age groups for the Panthers Basketball Club and is one of their most experienced coaches. He currently heads up their under 14 and under 16 boy’s teams, in addition to assisting his son to coach the under 12 boy’s team. Whilst he has previously coached at the State Championships, this will be the first time he will take a Hills Raiders team to the tournament. “I am looking forward to it and think it’s great that the HRBA are dipping their toes in the water and exposing its players to the next level”, said Adam.

A love of the local basketball competition is what initially attracted Adam to the HRBA and keeps him coming back each year. He believes the people and the great family atmosphere are what set the Mundaring league apart from the rest. “I think it’s fabulous that you can let your kids run around and enjoy the evening”, said Adam. He is particularly partial to the sausage sizzle and enjoys a double burger, double cheese with onion and sauce. Adam is humbled by the fact that the people who taught him are still around the Association, now giving their time, and he aspires to do the same for players in the future.

When asked about his coaching style, Adam says that it is still evolving. He tries to get as many different ideas from other coaches as he can, and then apply all the bits that work for him. Adam admires NBA coaches Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson. He reflects on several memorable coaching moments, the first being when one of his Panthers teams won a championship after losing only one game during the whole season. The second was in his capacity as a Western Australian Basketball Association (WABL) assistant coach, when his Eastern Suns team beat the Joondalup Wolves in Joondalup by two points.

As for his coaching aspirations, Adam would love to coach a winning Hills Raiders WABL team one day and make a WABL playoff run. On a more personal level, he would love to coach his son to a Grand Final in the local basketball competition.

The HRBA would like to thank Adam for all the effort he has put in, at short notice, to ready the Hills Raiders under 15 boy’s team for the State Championships. We wish him and his team the best of luck.