By Jackson Russell
With 25 years of experience under his belt, new Whittlesea Pacers men’s coach Michael Goulimis is hoping to rejuvenate the program and stop the ‘downward slide’ of the past four years.
Goulimis has had several assistant coaching positions at championship level with his most recent head coaching role coming for Bulleen’s division one side.
Goulimis said it was a great opportunity to bring some excitement back to the club.
“I want to try to rejuvenate the program and bring a bit of passion and excitement again,” he said.
“We’ve got some new guys coming down, which will hopefully rejuvenate the club and stop the downward slide and get back up to where we belong.”
Goulimis’ appointment came quite quickly after former coach Brian Vaughns elected to take a step back from coaching.
After seeing the job advertised while he was holidaying in America, Goulimis interviewed over FaceTime.
“It was exciting when I got the call to interview and to work it all out and align where I was going to be. It all worked out really well,” he said.
“This opportunity came about close to home, I just live in Greensborough which is even better so from that point of view, it ticked all the boxes.”
Goulimis said he hoped to bring an aggressive, fast-paced style to the Pacers’ game.
“I’m hoping to play an aggressive, up and down running game, let the boys have a bit of fun and enjoy the game of basketball. I just want to bring that enjoyment back, that’s the main thing,” he said.
“I was really impressed in the video that I saw from last season, I was really impressed with their defensive rotations so if we can add a couple of elements to that I think it’ll hold us in really good stead.”