OUR TEAM

At Brian Kerle Basketball, our friendly coaching team is made up of experienced and dedicated coaches who are passionate about basketball and committed to helping students of all levels improve.

We encourage all of our coaches to continually advance their coaching skills through participation in regular team training sessions and clinics designed to hone their abilities and provide them with insights to be passed onto students.

Brian Kerle - Head Coach and Director

Brian Kerle has spent a lifetime playing basketball, as well as selecting and nurturing great talent.

He coached 456 NBL games over 13 seasons, won Coach of the Year twice, won two successive NBM titles with St Kilda (1979 and 1980) and a fifth place at the World Club Championships (1981), took the Brisbane Bullets to the 1984, 1986 and 1990 NBL grand finals and two championship titles (1985 and 1987). This is a record few coaches can match in NBL history. He was also Assistant Coach for the Australian Men’s Teams at a World Championship and the Olympic Games, and is widely considered to be one of the most successful coaches in Australian basketball history. His contribution to the game has been profound, as demonstrated by his 2006 induction into the NBL Hall of Fame. Since leaving the competitive basketball scene, Brian has continued coaching in schools, clubs and coaching clinics throughout Queensland. He also has worked at Sport and Recreation Queensland, where he ran various sports programs including ‘Thanks Ref’ and ‘Deadly Sports’.

Brian is still passionate about basketball and dedicated to helping young people thrive at the game, and he draws on his experience and skill set developed as a player, coach and business manager in order to foster excellence in players on and off the court as the Head Coach and Director of the Brian Kerle Basketball Academy.

Marty Nolen

Marty has a wealth of coaching knowledge, developed by his coaching of club level and representative teams. He also has an extensive playing career in both the SBL and QBL, which has provided him deep insight into the game of basketball.

He has an immense passion for basketball and is highly involved with BK Basketball, helping elevate young players’ skills and mindset at the Academy.

Tendekai Machando

Tendekai has an extensive basketball career across multiple teams in the QBL, and is currently playing with the Logan Thunder QBL men’s team. His junior career saw him playing in both Queensland and Australian representative teams, winning the QBL championship in 2015 as part of the Mackay Meteors.

Tendekai has an advanced knowledge of the game, which he is now passing on to young players at BK Basketball.

Thomas Evans

Thomas is a recent BK Academy graduate with a passion for teaching and coaching. After attending the academy Thomas discovered a joy for coaching and he has consistently strived to improve his coaching expertise with mentorship from Brian Kerle. Having been taught by high-level coaches from BK Basketball he now applies the skills he has learnt to coach BK clinics and multiple club teams.

Max Kerle

Growing up surrounded by basketball, Max Kerle has played and coached for over one and a half decades. As a Brisbane junior, he learnt valuable skillsets which allowed him to become a training player for the Adelaide 36ers, and now signed with the Logan Basketball for the 2021 NBL1 season. His background  includes personal training which allows him to adapt his training to each player and ensure that they develop to the best of their individual abilities. He specialises as a shooting coach but has advanced knowledge in all parts of the game.

Kisha Lee

Kisha has over 15 years of junior coaching experience. As a player, she attended UNLV and has played professionally for 14 years. Kisha has won national championships in Austria and the UK and is currently a member of the South West Metro Pirates NBL1 team.

Kisha’s experiences as both an elite level player and coach have equipped her with the necessary skills to improve and teach young athletes.

Christian Pang

Christian is a past BK Academy attendee and has been coaching since he completed his Academy enrollment in 2017. He has an accomplished playing career, including captaining the U/21 South West Metro team, playing in the QBL, being a Brisbane Bullets Development Squad Player and recently playing for the PNG national team.

In addition to his playing career, Christian has also been coaching the SBL team for South West Metro, consulting on a number of South West Junior representative teams and coaching at many of the BK Basketball clinics and training sessions.

Christian is driven to pass on the lessons and skills he learned at the BK Academy onto a new wave of attendees.

Afi Lama

Afi joins our team with 9 years of experience in the education and athlete development industry. He has worked with aspiring athletes at all levels. From school sport, to representative and up to the state level.

From 2012 to 2020, Afi worked at Brisbane Adventist College as the ADP and Basketball Academy coach. At South West Metro Pirates Basketball, he was a junior rep coach, vice president and QBL Women’s Assistant Coach for five years. He also spent four years as the Regional Convenor and Head coach for Metropolitan East School Sports junior age groups.

Afi’s background in the sports and education industries add tremendous value to our program, allowing us to deliver the best possible service for our athletes. Our program will continue to improve with his extensive experience and knowledge.

Bruce Palmer

Bruce Palmer

Bruce has over 30 years experience in basketball, from his days playing for Australia to achieving the 5th-most wins as a coach in NBL history.

Bruce plays a vital role at Brian Kerle Basketball as an executive consultant: assisting Brian in developing programs and training schedules as well as helping oversee the Academy.

Dundee Kim

Dundee’s Boxing & Fitness owner & head trainer Dundee KIM was awarded a World Champion Strength & Conditioning Coach by Lord Mayor for helping Jeff Horn claim victory in Battle of Brisbane on 02/07/2017.

Initially learning the art of boxing to protect himself from bullies, Dundee KIM eventually harnessed his skills to become a tow-time amateur boxing champion in South Korea. From there he migrated to Australia to become the Associate Director of International Relations at James Cook University. He eventually became the founder of Dundee’s Boxing & Fitness Gym in Brisbane

Marty Nolen

Tendekai Machando

Thomas Evans

Bruce Palmer

Bruce Palmer

Bruce Palmer

Dundee Kim

Christian Pang

Christian Pang

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