Melbourne United today announced that Head Coach Dean Vickerman has extended his contract with the Club for an additional three years, a move that will see him remain in Melbourne until the end of 2021-22.
The 2017-18 NBL Coach of the Year was instrumental to the Club’s success last season, leading United to their first Championship with a 20-8 record.
A now two-time Championship-winning Head Coach, Vickerman has created a winning culture at United, one that he hopes to continue building on over the next few years.
“I’m extremely excited to be at this Club for an extended period of time and to continue to try and lead from the front”
“There’s a good opportunity for my kids to ground themselves in their schooling and know what they’re going to do for the next few years”
“More on the basketball side of things though, when you do sign a long-term deal you can really start to set up annual events so that you’re not only doing the coaching but you’re impacting the community over a long period of time too” said Vickerman.
Born and bred in Warragul in Victoria, Vickerman has a long standing connection to the Victorian basketball community which he continues to spend time giving back to through clinics and appearances, a lot of which he does in his own time.
Having coached United to within a one-point loss to NBA side Oklahoma City Thunder in the pre-season, finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the regular season, to winning the Championship all within his first season at the Club, Vickerman says the focus is to just keep getting better.
“There’s going to be some change for the team this year with a move of our home base to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre”
“One of the main reasons we’re moving is to try and bring the Club closer together by having our office space above the courts, and to have access to courts for much longer than we have had previously”
“Just to be able to use additional services that are going to become available has the ability to improve us, and I think that remains our motivation; How do we keep getting better every year?” Vickerman said.
After competing against two top-level NBA teams over the past two weeks, the team will now return to Melbourne to prepare for the opening round of the NBL 2018-19 Season.
Melbourne United start their year by travelling to Illawarra to take on the Hawks on Friday, and then shall return to Melbourne for their home season-opener against the New Zealand Breakers at Melbourne Arena on Sunday.