Hungry Jack's NBL
Hawks secure 2012 NBL MVP Kevin Lisch
The Illawarra Hawks have pulled off one of their biggest recruiting coups in decades luring superstar guard and 2012 NBL MVP, 2010 Grand Final MVP, and 2 x All NBL Team member (2011/12 & 2012/13) Kevin Lisch to the club for the upcoming NBL season. Lisch is head coach Rob Beveridge’s first import signing for the team and joins Australian superstar big man AJ Oglivy and returning Hawks players Oscar Forman, Rhys Martin and Tyson Demos on what is shaping up as an impressive looking Illawarra Hawks roster. Lisch will be reunited with former Head Coach Rob Beveridge who coached Lisch for four years at the Perth Wildcats, the pair winning the 2010 Championship and forming a lifelong friendship in the process. Lisch comes with glowing endorsements from head coach Rob Beveridge. “The best way to describe Kevin Lisch is that he is a complete winner. He is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached and will bring some legitimate toughness to the team. His work ethic is outstanding and without doubt this will be infectious amongst his team mates," said Beveridge. “On top of this, Kev is an even better person off the court, and the Illawarra community will be privileged to have him representing the community." Lisch has had an impressive international career since leaving the NBL, winning a championship and Finals MVP for Puerto Rican team Piratas de Quebradillas and playing two seasons in top flight European leagues in France and Spain, averaging 6.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Spanish giants CAI Zaragoza. Lisch said the opportunity to play for Beveridge again, combined with being close to Rachel’s (Kevin’s wife) family was too good an opportunity to pass up. “Playing for Rob Beveridge and being closer to family definitely played a role in wanting to return to Australia and the NBL, but I always enjoyed the challenge of playing against the Hawks in Wollongong and I have to admit, probably like Bevo, I’m excited about being on the home side now.” Echoing his new teammate’s comments, Lisch said he can’t wait for the upcoming season. "I can't wait to get started, it is an exciting time for the club and I'm really looking forward to being part of their future," said Lisch. "Not only are we looking to be an extremely competitive side, we get the additional benefit of incredibly strong community support." Lisch is set to join free agent signing AJ Ogilvy and the rest of his team mates in mid July, with the Hawks now shaping up as a genuine threat to the rest of the league. Beveridge has now filled 5 spots on his 15/16 roster with the club expected to make further player announcements over the coming weeks.