Carrie Graf will today confirm she is re-signing with the Canberra Capitals. Photo: Getty
Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf will re-sign with the WNBL club after Basketball Australia confirmed she would stand down as national coach of the Australian Opals.
Basketball Australia revealed on Twitter the Opals job will be a full-time role for the first time in over a decade.
Graf will also fill a role as a coach in residence at University of Canberra, a new role established after Basketball Australia's lengthy review.
It is believed Graf's Capitals contract will be for up to three seasons.
Locking in Graf is a great relief for the Capitals, given she has coached them to six of their seven championships.
Choosing not to renominate for the Opals role will give her far more time to help restore Canberra as a WNBL force, given it has missed the finals for a second straight season.
Graf became Opals coach in late 2008, guiding the team to bronze at last year's London Olympics.
The new Opals coach will also be head of the women's program at the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
Graf's new role as an adjunct professor of sports studies at the University of Canberra will involve her offering support and mentoring university sports teams, lecturing and working with sports researchers.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker said Graf would make a big contribution to education, research and social life at the university.
“Carrie Graf’s unrivalled professional experience will be an asset to the University’s teaching and research in sports studies and coaching, but I’m pleased that she’ll also play a part in student sport at all levels,” Professor Parker said.
“It is another way we can give life on campus at the University of Canberra the edge over other universities.”
Graf said in a statement she was honoured to be the university’s first coach in residence.
“I know I’m biased in saying this, but I don’t think there’s a city in Australia as staunchly supportive of their sports as Canberra,” Graf said.
“It’s heartening to see the university giving back to the community yet again by bringing on its first ever coach in residence, and I’m humbled to have been approached for the role."