Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tweedy, Muggeridge Back in 2018 SEASON 20 COMING UP FOR COACH TWEEDY; Muggeridge Also Re-Appointed for 2018

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tweedy, Muggeridge Back in 2018 SEASON 20 COMING UP FOR COACH TWEEDY; Muggeridge Also Re-Appointed for 2018

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Byline: Pam McKay pam.mckay@capnews.com.au

BASKETBALL: Neal Tweedy and Chris Muggeridge will take the helm at Rockhampton's QBL teams again in season 2018.

Tweedy will coach the McDonald's Rockhampton Rockets for a 20th season, while Muggeridge embarks on his fifth season with the Frenchville Sports Club Cyclones.

Rockhampton Basketball announced the re-appointments yesterday, with general manager Matt Neason saying a priority was to finalise the positions as early as possible to allow the organisation to get ahead in its recruitment.

"We're really happy with how our recruitment is progressing. There's a focus on bringing a number of players back from last season to help build stability back into our program, and the early signs are really positive on that front," Neason said.

"Both coaches bring a wealth of experience, but also a proven track record of success.

"Unfortunately, due to injuries and a host of other issues, last season didn't play out the way we would have liked. It's therefore critical that we bounce back from that and we feel we've got the right coaches in place to achieve that."

The Rockets have been a model of consistency during Tweedy's tenure, the longest of any coach in the state-wide competition.

They have won four QBL titles and one national championship and during the 2000s, featured in nine consecutive grand finals.

In the past 19 years, they have missed the play-offs only four times.

Muggeridge, a two-time QBL Coach of the Year, has guided the Cyclones to three grand finals and back-to- back championships in 2015 and 2016.

Tweedy said he was excited to take on the role again.

"The Rockets program has been such a big part of my life for a long time so I'm elated to have another opportunity to go and win a title.

"I feel stability is very important. …

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