Emile Koorey (HEAD COACH)
Coach Emile was a Senior Activities officer at his local Police Citizens Youth Club. It is here where Emile began his coaching journey, coaching multiple sports such as basketball, boxing, bootcamp, multi-sports, soccer and more. He also started a successful holiday program at PCYC that resulted in 50+ kids each day! Emile also ran multiple programs in conjunction with the NSW police including the new “Fit4life” initiative targeting the youth. From all this experience he gained by coaching children of different ages resulted in the start-up of a grassroots learn-to-play basketball program called Little Boomers. Emile also has an extensive background in basketball as he played and competed for over 9 years at various different state and international levels.
Laura Scopacasa (COACH)
Coach Laura is a passionate and enthusiastic basketball coach. She is degree-qualified in exercise health science and has been working in kid’s fitness for the past 5 years. She has been a part of the Boomers Family for 6 months now. Her ability to bring fun, learning, laughter and physical health together means that every child has a blast in her lessons! On the weekends you’ll catch her supporting Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA for their quick, enthusiastic play style and also the local Sydney Kings!
Darren Phung (COACH)
Coach Darren has been playing basketball since his first time watching the 2001 NBA Finals between Lakers and 76ers. That’s almost 18 years of immersing himself in basketball and its culture. Darren’s advanced basketball skills has also lead him to playing with the Bankstown Bruins, a representative basketball team in Sydney and has been playing in local tournaments and still playing basketball to this very day. On the side, Darren is a computer programmer dealing with complicated coding and software, two very different but strong passions of Darren’s!
Kristian Michael (COACH)
Born in Sydney, Kristian started his basketball journey at 12 years old in Grade 6. Despite most of the players having more experience then him in terms of practice, Kristian would be the first to his high school’s courts every morning and be one of the last to leave in the afternoon. It’s safe to say that Kristian caught up, playing all year round for a solid 5 years, being blessed to travel to the USA with Horizons Travel when he was just 16. He got to represent Australia, facing off against some of the finest high schools North and South Carolina had to offer, spawning lasting relationships between teammates and coaches alike. All up Kristian has about 9 years’ basketball experience and was fortunate enough to be trained by the NBL’s Illawarra Hawk’s Shooting Coach for some time. Kristian holds basketball responsible for bringing him out of his shell in his youth. He believes it’s not only a great sport, but a tool to help players of any age come together. He is more than passionate about helping the next generation of Australian ballers better themselves on the court every day and loves to see their faces when they’re doing the most important thing of all, having fun.