Jan Stirling

Our Great Coach on this episode is Jan Stirling.

Jan is the current General Manager of High Performance at Basketball Australia.

Jan played 163 games in the Australian National League between 1982 and 1991. She started her coaching career in 1993 guiding the Adelaide Lightning to 12 straight finals appearances and five consecutive Grand Final appearances resulting in four Championships.

She became Head Coach of the Australian Women’s team, The Opals, in 2001. The first time a former Australian player, and a woman, had ever taken charge. Jan had immediate success winning a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships,  the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and then gold at the 2006 world championship in Brazil.

She has also held high-performance coaching roles with the South Australian Men’s Cricket team, and the Port Adelaide Power AFL team.

In 2008 Stirling was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to sport.

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