Fil-Am Hernando Plannels named New Zealand U-17 Women's Basketball coach

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 05, 2018 11:06 AM
Fil-Am Plannels named NZL U-17 Women's Basketball coach
(Photo courtesy Basketball New Zealand)

Basketball New Zealand announced that they have hired Fil-Am Hernando Planells as the head coach of the Women's U-17 National Basketball squad.

Planells, an associate head coach and recuiting coordinator for the Duke Blue Devils women's basketball team, was a consultant for the UE Red Warriors program a few years ago. 

His mother, Carmen, is a Filipina from Cagayan de Oro, while his father, Hernando, Sr., is from Spain.

"We are extremely fortunate to attract these high-quality coaches to New Zealand for our junior national team program. Not only will we tap into the knowledge of these well credentialed, well-connected and experienced coaches, but more importantly they will also be fantastic mentors for a group of aspiring coaches who have been eager for more development opportunities," says High Performance director Leonard King.
 
"We are going to be strategic in our approach, and target some up-and-coming Kiwi coaches and place them beside Aaron and Hernando. The plan is to have those assistants taking that knowledge into their own head-coach roles down the track."

Planells has an extensive resume in basketball, and has coached in the sport for two decades. He has handled players in both the women's and men's scene, including Elizabeth Williams, Lexie Brown, and Chelsea Gray of the WNBA, and Avery Bradley of the L.A. Clippers.

Hailing from Los Angeles, Planells has also dabbed with work in Hollywood, serving as choreographer in some of the big sports movies of the past decades.

Unforgettable scenes which involved basketball in movies such as The Longest Yard, Spider-Man 3, Semi Pro, and Coach Carter's were overseen by Plannels himself.

"I’d like to thank Basketball New Zealand, Leonard King, Coach Guy Molloy and Coach Paul Henare, for giving me this amazing opportunity. And many thanks to Duke and my head coach Joanne P McCallie and staff for supporting me in this exciting venture," shared Planells.

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