OMAR COLES

CoachOmarSquare At over 205 centimetres tall, Omar is by far our tallest coach, yet is a gentle giant in nature. After completing his college playing career with the University of Toledo in Ohio, Omar played overseas in Canada. Omar also has five years of experience in the US Navy, which has instilled values such as discipline and work ethic – values he emphasises at Helping Hoops.

Omar heads up the Helping Hoops Fitzroy, Broadmeadows and Dandenong programs.

RENEE CLARKE

CoachReneeSquare Renee has been a part of the game for over half her life, having started playing at 12 in Queensland and going on to represent her state in national titles. Adding to her playing duties, Renee has run successful basketball camps for children, as well as working within the NBL arena.

As our Women’s Development Coach, Renee works across multiple programs to ensure girls enjoy the same opportunities as boys at Helping Hoops.

STEVE BACASH

CoachSteveSquare Steve began his coaching journey with Helping Hoops back in 2012, where he volunteered at our Richmond and later North Melbourne programs. Steve built up his skills and knowledge over four years, and took over as head coach of both programs at the beginning of 2016. Steve is known for his community focus, attention to detail and strong relationship building skills, and has become a pillar of the Helping Hoops coaching team.

Steve heads up the Helping Hoops CroxtonRichmond and North Melbourne programs.

KELVIN BOWERS

Kelvin is known around the basketball community as KB, and brings a wealth of experience to Helping Hoops. KB was born in California, but has called Australia home for over 30 years. His coaching experience spans 20 years, and has seen him head up basketball programs for many clubs and associations, including his most recent stint at the Hume City Broncos. KB is known for his nurturing but firm approach, and his passion for opening up opportunities for kids both on and off the basketball court.

KB heads up the Helping Hoops Future program.