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Brad Armstrong - Coaching Director

Brad Armstrong, Coaching Director of Armstrong Basketball Academy started playing basketball at age 10 in Townsville, North Queensland. In 1990 he began coaching and found his true passion for the game, guiding athletes to reach their potential and seeing them grow as positive basketball citizens and elite athletes.

Coach Brad has a no nonsense approach to coaching and demands the very best from his athletes at all times.  This process is delivered in a caring and supportive manner designed to gain the best from each player while instilling strong work ethics and a can-do attitude.  

Coach Brad's current involvement in WA Basketball includes:

  • Coaching Director, Armstrong Basketball Academy
  • Head Coach, WABL U12, U14 & U16 Championship Division
  • Head Coach, Methodist Ladies College IGSSA Basketball Program
  • Head Coach, Christ Church Grammar School PSA Basketball Program 
 
Alek Horenko - High Performance Coach 

Alek Horenko, High Performance Coach joins Armstrong having moved to Perth from Sydney in January of 2020.  Alek has over 10 years coaching experience working with a full range of athletes from beginner to professional.  With a background in teaching and biomechanics to pair with his coaching experience Alek has a well-rounded understanding of the skills and work habits required to be successful at all levels.

Driving Coach Alek is a passion for helping athletes build their skills, improve confidence, increase strength and conditioning and realise their potential.

Career highlights:

  • Centre of Excellence - Australian Development Camp Coach
  • 2 x Medalist U16 Australian National Junior Championships
  • Bronze Medalist U14 Australian Club Championships
  • Bronze Medalist Australian Schools Championships
  • 5 x NSW Metro and State Championships

 

 

Tony Ronaldson - Head Coach

Tony played the majority of his career in the NBL for the Eastside Spectres, South East Melbourne Magic, Victoria Titans, Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers. He played in seven NBL Grand Final series and won two championships, both with the Magic in 1992 and 1996. He also represented Australia at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and again in 2004 in Athens.

Tony's 665 games leads the NBL for most games played all-time. He is also the fifth-highest scorer in the NBL with 12,486 points, and also holds the sixth-highest record for defensive rebounds with 2,642. He has also made the most appearances in the NBL Finals, playing in a league record 20 consecutive Finals series from 1990–2009. Tony was Captain of the Perth Wildcats in the 2005/2006 season.   

 
Nat Burton - Head Coach 

Nat joined Armstrong Basketball at the end of 2019 with an outstanding college and professional basketball career.  Originally a Perry Lakes Hawks WABL junior, Nat excelled in her four-year career at West Virginia University playing Division 1 college basketball.  Following her graduation from West Virginia University, Nat returned to her hometown of Perth and signed with the West Coast Waves for the 2012–13 & 2013-14 WNBL season.

Nat signed with the Melbourne Boomers for the 2014–15 WNBL season. In 2015 Nat signed with the Perth Lynx, a day after the rebranding of her former team the West Coast Waves. Nat re-signed with the Perth Lynx for the 2016–17 & 2017-18 WNBL season.  In November 2017 Nat played her 100th game with the Perth Lynx, becoming the eleventh player in team history to do so.

 Nat represented Australia at the XXVII Summer Universiade (2013 World University Games).  Later in 2013, Nat helped the Australian Opals win the gold medal at the FIBA Oceania Championship. In 2014, she won another bronze medal with the Opals, this time at the FIBA World Championship.  She won another gold medal with the Opals at the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship.

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