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Clarke joins Brisbane as Breakers enter new era

The Brisbane Bullets continue to make strides towards re-joining the NBL in the 2016/17 season, with respected sports administrator Richard Clarke set to join the club as the Chief Operating Officer. Clarke joins former colleagues Andrej Lemanis and CJ Bruton at the Bullets, having worked closely together at the New Zealand Breakers where they won three consecutive NBL Championships (2011, 2012, 2013) in their roles as CEO, head coach and club leader respectively. Brisbane Bullets CEO Mitchell Murphy said that Clarke will play an important role in the club’s long-awaited return to the competition. “Richard’s proven track record in the NBL will be a major strength for the re-launch of the Bullets,” said Mr Murphy. “He’ll be involved in all aspects of our club’s operations, but his primary responsibilities are to deliver a cutting edge basketball program and work cohesively with me to make our community engagement best of breed. “It should be acknowledged the co-operation of the Breakers’ organisation during the process has been outstanding. They fully respect Richard’s decision to accept a new challenge and we’ll continue to ensure the transition is smooth.” Clarke’s departure opens the door for another club legend to step up, with Commercial Manager Dillon Boucher taking on the position of General Manager - a role he has been primed for since retiring as a Breakers player three years ago. The new era for the Auckland-based club will also see a change on the court, with Assistant Coach Paul Henare accepting the role of Head Coach of the Breakers for the 2016/17 NBL season to succeed Dean Vickerman. Current Head Coach of the reigning NBL Champions, Vickerman is ready for his next challenge, having originally signed a three-year contract with the intention to use the period to not only deliver performance but also develop the next Breakers coach. Henare now boasts three seasons of experience under Vickerman, as well as two NZ NBL Championships as a head coach along with guiding the Tall Blacks as their head coach for the past 12 months. “We have always spoken at this club about pathways, for players but also for coaches,” said Henare. “For me this is another step on that pathway, one I am humbled to accept and proud to take on.” Henare will assume the role of Breakers head coach at the conclusion of the 2015/16 NBL season, while Clarke will remain at the Breakers until April before joining the Bullets.
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