Los Angeles Sparks head coach Carol Ross to hold basketball clinics in Australia

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 7: Head Coach Carol Ross of the Los Angeles Sparks poses with her award for Coach of the Year prior to Game Two of the WNBA Western Conference Finals against the Minnesota Lynx at Staples Center on October 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jon SooHoo/NBAE via Getty Images)
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From Basketball Australia:

Los Angeles Sparks head coach Carol Ross is going to Australia in January for a series of basketball clinics in Victoria.

Ross, the 2012 WNBA Coach of the Year, will be joined by Sparks Consultant Coach Gail Goestenkors for two days of clinics produced by ESP with the support of Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria aimed at girls in the under 14 to under 18 age range.

Three clinics will be conducted  January 16-17, 2014, with several WNBL and Jayco Australian Opals stars to be in attendance.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally believes attracting Ross and Goestenkors to work with young Australian athletes is a coup.

“The coaching CVs of Carol and Gail are as good as any coaches who have come to our shores, bringing with them a track record of success and developing players,” Keneally said.

“Being exposed to different coaching techniques and styles plays a significant part in an athlete’s development, with this opportunity presenting local players with a rare glimpse into the world of the WNBA.”

Preparing for her third season with the Sparks, Ross has played a major role in turning around the fortunes of the franchise, utilizing the skills of Jayco Australian Opals star Jenna O’Hea to lead the team to back-to-back playoff appearances.

Ross said she was looking forward to the opportunity to work with young Australian players and the benefits it will garner for all involved.

“Sharing the game of basketball with players and coaches in Australia is a dream come true,” Ross said.

“The clinics will provide us with an opportunity not only to teach, but also to learn the game from the players and coaches in attendance”

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