10 December 2013

McEachin name lives on in Canberra Basketball

| johnboy
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If you grew up in Canberra in the 1980s then the coolest man in the whole world was the Canberra Cannon’s Herb McEachin.

Today Basketball ACT announces the great man’s son Shawn is going to coach the Canberra Gunners:

Shawn McEachin, son of Herb McEachin, former Canberra Cannon and NBL legend, has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Canberra Gunners for the next 2 years and will lead the team in their campaign as they continue the rebuilding into one of the powerhouses of the South East Australian Basketball League.

Shawn was recently the Head Coach of the Wollongong Hawks NBL feeder team the Illawarra Hawks that compete in the NSW Waratah Championship League in which Shawn won a championship in his rookie season as Head Coach.

Shawn hails from a staunch basketball history in the ACT, as a local Canberra junior, Shawn represented the ACT at the 1999 Australian U20 Championships in Perth and was part of the 1998 Bronze and 1999 Silver medal winning Erindale College teams competing at the National Schools Basketball Tournament in Canberra.

Prior to his successful stint with the Hawks, Shawn was the Head Coach of the NSW Country Under 18 Men from 2009 to 2011 and the Head Coach of the Hunter Academy of Sport and Assistant Coach of the Newcastle Hunters.

Shawns first priority will be to hold open trials on Tuesday 10th December 6:30pm at University of Canberra and through recruiting the necessary talent assemble a highly competitive team of Gunners to represent Canberra in the SEABL.

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Mentioning Herb McEachin is sure a blast from the past.

I hope Shawn proves as popular as his old man was.

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