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Beveridge eyes Boomers gig

He coached a teenage Patrick Mills, now Rob Beveridge wants to join forces again with his fellow Canberran to help make the Australian Boomers a world superpower.

The Perth Wildcats coach has spoken of his burning desire to be the next Boomers coach after Brett Brown quit the post this week.

His application for the national job four years ago was unsuccessful, but Beveridge has compiled an impressive resume which could prove hard to ignore.

The 42-year-old has transformed the Wildcats into NBL heavyweights since taking over in 2009-10, and was Boomers assistant coach at the 2004 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games.

"I was an assistant coach, but my dream was always to be the head coach," Beveridge said.

"The last six years in the NBL I've been working toward putting myself in a position to do that. I'll definitely throw my name in the ring and see what happens.


"I think it's important I've shown the ability to build a program over time, and I think that's one of the strengths I can bring."

Beveridge mentored San Antonio point guard Mills a few years ago as head of the Nike-All Asia Camp.

He also boasts a long involvement with the Boomers best player Andrew Bogut, whom he joined forces with to help Australia to the under-19 world championship in 2003.

"I've known Patty for a long time since he was a young kid, I took him over to China when I was working with Nike and have stayed in touch since," Beveridge said.

"He's only a young guy and is going to be there as a while as a great role model and inspiration for the other guys coming up."

"He and Andrew are both highly credentialed and I've had a lot to do with them, it would be great to get the chance to coach those guys together.

"But I'm not getting ahead of myself, Basketball Australia need to make the decision about what direction they want to go."

Beveridge believes the Boomers job should be a full time role if Australia is serious about contending for Olympic medals.

San Antonio assistant coach Brown filled the role in a part time capacity, but stood down citing a desire to spend more time with his family in the US.

Opals coach Carrie Graf also coaches the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL, but Beveridge conceded it's likely he will quit Perth if he wins the Boomers job.

"That [full time] is probably the direction they're looking at, and then I have to consider whether it's the best option for myself, my family and my career," Beveridge said.

"Right now the majority of national coaches [in other sports] are full time and there's more to it than just coaching the Boomers, it's also providing leadership and direction for the pathways underneath.

"To me it's a long term approach and I think full time is the way they will go, but ultimately it's up to Basketball Australia to make that decision."

Perth star and fellow Canberran Jesse Wagstaff admitted he would have mixed feelings should Beveridge leave the Wildcats for the national post.

But after breaking into the Boomers train-on squad under Brown last year, Wagstaff believes Beveridge is capable of juggling both positions.

"I'm not sure it has be to seven days a week, obviously it's ideal if you have the coach there at camps, but with technology these days the world's a lot smaller," Wagstaff said.

"With technology these days the world's a lot smaller, Brett had access to watch every sessioni live and was communicating with the group through Skype.

"I'm not sure how the national job would affect the NBL job, but if that was to happen it would be bittersweet.

"It's been great playing under him at Perth and to lose him would be terrible, but you'd have to wish him all the best in that job."