Patrick joins Boomers coaching staff for cup lead-up

David Patrick will be a proud member of the Boomers coaching staff as the team chases its first international medal at the FIBA World Cup in September.

The UC Riverside coach was called up this year and described it as a dream come true.

Since his playing college career at Syracuse and his days in the NBL, Patrick has coached in the US college system and helped start the surge of Australians heading to college during his time at St Marys in the early 2000s. He also became the first Australian to earn a division one college head-coaching role.

New Boomers assistant coach David Patrick. 

New Boomers assistant coach David Patrick. Credit:UC Riverside

But the Boomers move also brings back one of the most disappointing moments of his career.

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David Patrick in his Cannons playing days.

David Patrick in his Cannons playing days.

Patrick, who was born in Bermuda but raised in Melbourne, developed through the Victorian system and was a part of the Australian side heading into the FIBA 22 and under world championships in Melbourne in 1997.

The side beat Puerto Rico in the gold medal game in front of a big crowd at Rod Laver Arena.

I didnt have all my Australian papers in in time to play – I played all the preliminary games and then couldnt play with them, he said.

Growing up playing with [Aaron] Trahair, [Glen] Saville, Sammy Mac [Mackinnon] and [Chris] Anstey – they all had great careers, and not only professionally but for Australia, so to be a part of that meant a lot.

It was [a blow]. When you are that young, its tough to not be able to play but, at the same time, Im the only one from that crew to come to college and I ended up at Syracuse, so I was playing there as they were winning gold.

Patricks work as an assistant coach has seen him either recruit or form bonds with the likes of Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova.

Ive coached a lot of the guys on the team like Ben [Simmons], Patty, Delly, he said. So I think it might have made sense to them to bring in someone who not only coaches in the States but has experience coaching some of those guys.

I think it might have made sense to them to bring in someone who not only coaches in the States but has experience coaching some of those guys.

David Patrick

Patrick formed a close bond with the Simmons family after playing with Dave Simmons at Melbourne Tigers in the NBL. He is godfather to NBA all-star Ben Simmons.

Patrick was also an assistant coach at Louisiana State University when Simmons chose to play his lone college season at the school.

It is nice to be there with Ben … but I didnt want that to be the only reason I was on the staff, Patrick said.

When I coach him or get on him, its from the right place and will be no different to Drej [Andrej Lemanis] or the other coaches.

Patrick looks forward to again working with Mills and Dellavedova, his last stint with them was during their college careers at St Marys altRead More – Source

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