basketballscotland are pleased to announce that Rob Beveridge has been appointed as the new Men’s National Team Head Coach ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Beveridge will work with the National Team when they arrive in his native Australia and brings a wealth of international coaching experience at a crucial time for Scottish Basketball.

With Basketball set to make only its second appearance in the Commonwealth Games programme, Beveridge is one of a select few to already have a Commonwealth Gold medal after guiding Australia to success in Melbourne at the 2006 Games as an Assistant Coach.

Beveridge’s accolades also include an U20 World Championship Gold medal where he was Head Coach of the Australian National Team. Beveridge’s side were the only team to beat the USA at the Championships in 2003 and set a record for the biggest winning margin in the Finals.

As well as vast International experience, Rob has a wealth of experience domestically, having worked as Head Coach of the Perth Wildcats in the Australian National League and Shanghai Sharks in China’s National League.

Beveridge is looking forward to coaching the Scotland National Team and is honoured with the opportunity to coach Scotland as his father is originally from Blantyre.

Rob commented: With having Scottish blood in the veins, it is an absolute privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to lead Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.  This is something that I do not take lightly and I will be working as hard as possible with the players and staff to do our best to bring back a medal from the Commonwealth Games.  I am really looking forward to meeting the players and other support staff as we embark on this exciting journey together.”

CEO at basketballscotland, Kevin Pringle said: “We are delighted to have such an experienced performance coach in place ahead of the Commonwealth Games and the whole team are really looking forward to working with Rob on the Gold Coast. While there is not a huge amount of time before the Games, we are confident that Rob has the experience and track record of getting results at International Competitions and he will support Scotland in its ambition of competing with distinction on the Gold Coast next month.”

Head of Performance at basketballscotland, Barry Lang commented: “This is a really exciting appointment for Scottish basketball. To have such an experienced Coach involved with our National Team set-up puts us in a really strong position to perform well at the Commonwealth Games. We are delighted to have Rob on board and the players are excited to start working with him.”