Jozsef Molnar Appointed

We’re ecstatic to be able to welcome Jozsef back to Canterbury, and have him fill our “Head of Basketball Development” role

Many of our more experienced members will remember Jozsef Molnar, who will be rejoining the Canterbury Basketball community after almost a decade of working in various basketball institutions around Europe. Jozsef was last based in Christchurch in 2007, and was responsible for coaching our U15 Boys’ team (National Champions), as well as coaching in the Wharenui Gators after school program, and head coaching the St. Andrew’s College boys’ teams before heading up to Nelson to assist Nenad Vucinic with the Nelson Giants for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Jozsef brings a wealth of experience to the CBA office, having coached school, club, representative and national teams, as well as both male and female professional teams. Some of his highlights include serving as an apprentice coach with the Tall Blacks 2006 campaign (Commonwealth Games and FIBA World Cup). Jozsef also coached under Kenny McFadden with the Junior Tall Blacks in the FIBA U19 World Championship as well as serving as a High Performance Coach for BBNZ.

Internationally, Jozsef has coached teams based in four different countries in the European Union, beginning  at Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeák (Hungary), and is currently working in the ACS KSE Targu Secuiesc club (Romania). Jozsef has also helped deliver coaching sessions at various camps (including Marc Gasol’s Camp in Spain, and Eurocamps in both the UK and Norway). These relationships are expected to be a boon for the our Canterbury Representative programme in particular, with coaches and players expected to benefit immensely from these connections.

In his new “Head of Basketball Development” role with the CBA, Jozsef will be responsible for developing basketball across a number of strands, most notably:

  • Player Development – incorporating Representative Basketball
  • Coach Pathways – develop and implement Community and Performance Coaching Development Plan in conjunction with the Coach and Female Development Officer (Lori McDaniel)
  • Officials – design and develop a program to recruit, develop and retain junior and senior referees, including establishment of an Referee Advisory Committee

Molnar “can’t wait to work for the Canterbury and New Zealand Basketball community again”. He’s scheduled to arrive within New Zealand in Mid-March, and should be ready to join the CBA office team near the start of April.

GM Clive Beaumont commented “ Jozsef’s experience makes him the ideal candidate and we are delighted to have secured his services back here in Canterbury, he brings immense experience at various levels and we are excited to see what development plans he has to enhance Basketball further in our community”.


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