'It just feels right' - Breakers appoint former player Kevin Braswell as new coach

The Breakers have confirmed that former point guard Kevin Braswell will return to the club, taking the reigns as head coach following the departure of Paul Henare.

Braswell, 39, joins the Breakers from the Wellington Saints, having coached them to back to back titles in 2016 and 2017, signing a three-year deal with the club.

In a statement released today, Breakers CEO Matt Walsh spoke of his delight in Braswell's appointment as coach.

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"We are delighted to announce Kevin as our next Head Coach, someone who knows the club and has a strong association with the NBL, to lead our basketball programme in what will be exciting times for the club, the league and for the fans," he said.

"This has been a tough process with KB winning out over a list of high quality candidates. His vision for the team and the style of play that he will bring fits with our vision as owners and he knows the club and the values we look to live and breathe every day."

"We will play an up-tempo exciting brand of basketball, KB's record as a player and more importantly as a coach fits that style, that track record and the interview process has convinced us that he is our man."

Braswell himself also spoke of his excitement at returning to his former club.

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"This is an unbelievable opportunity, I honestly am at a loss for words in a way. It wasn't my plan to be head coach of the SKYCITY Breakers. But the opportunity opened up out of the blue and suddenly it got exciting. 

"It just feels right, with the new ownership group and the direction they are taking, with Paul and Liz still involved – I can't wait to come in and build on that legacy and the great work that they have put in for so many years."

The Breakers' former point guard Braswell will replace Paul Henare as head coach next NBL season. Source: 1 NEWS