Giants snap up Crocs coach
Search for Liam Flynn online and you will find an ale house owner, a wood turner, a flautist and someone known as Liam Flynn, party legend!! (with two exclamation marks, as noted).
Liam Flynn, basketball coach, is none of the above. What he is, is the new head coach for the Fico Finance Nelson Giants for their 2013 national basketball league campaign.
Flynn’s appointment was confirmed today after he tied off some loose ends with the Townsville Crocodiles, where he is the senior assistant coach.
The 33-year-old will join Nelson as soon as the Crocs’ Australian league season ends, with the New Zealand NBL season running from April to June next year.
Flynn said he had kept an eye on the New Zealand league for the past five or six seasons and felt the time was right to seek a head coaching role here. Nelson, where friend and fellow Croc Jacob Holmes played as an import in 2005, appealed.
“New Zealand’s a well-respected league,” he said. “There are quality players there and some strong programmes.
“Jacob had a lot of positive things to say about his time in Nelson, in particular, so it seemed like the right time to throw the hat in the ring.”