Congratulations to our Head of Basketball Brendan Joyce who has been inducted into Melbourne United’s newly formed Legends Club.
Selection to the United Basketball Legends Club is limited to only those past athletes, coaches, officials and administrators who have significantly contributed to the growth and success of our sport in Victoria.
Other inductees include Chris Anstey, Mark Bradtke, Kristy Harrower and Ray Tomlinson.
Joyce played 13 seasons in the NBL for the Nunawading Spectres, Westside Melbourne Saints and Brisbane Bullets. He was a two-time NBL All-Star and captained two of his previous teams. His impressive play on the court also earned him a spot on the Boomers squad.
After retiring from professional basketball, Joyce became the head coach of the Ballarat Miners, where he won back-to-back SEABL (then CBA) championships in 1994 and 1995.
In 1996, Joyce was named the head coach of the Illawarra Hawks. His success continued as he won two Coach of the Year awards in 1999 and 2001 and led the Hawks to their first championship in 2001.
After taking the Hawks to the championship, Joyce became an assistant coach for the Boomers. His tenure at Boomers would last eight years and include two trips to the Olympics and World Championships, and a gold medal and the 2006 Commonwealth games.
In 2007, Joyce was announced as the inaugural coach of the NBL expansion team, Gold Coast Blaze. He led the team to the playoffs in their first season, was awarded the Gold Coast Region Coach of the Year and came runner-up in the NBL Coach of the Year.
Joyce was hired as head coach and high-performance manager of the Women’s National Program in 2013. In this role, Joyce was technical director, with the responsibility of over seeing the COE, U19’s and U17’s Australian junior teams. As head coach of the Opals, Joyce won two FIBA Oceania Championships leading the team to a bronze medal in the 2014 World Championship in Turkey and then 2016 Olympics and finished with 14-2 coaching record in senior international competition.