Brian Kerle

Ever wanted to be motivated and educated by the number 1 expert and legend on basketball in Australia? He is an absolute inspiration who has retained the passion and love of the game to continue to provide the same opportunities for the next generation of young stars.


Brian’s ability to engage with people of all ages, genders and races through the sport of basketball is something that must be heard to be believed. It is his determination now to take the game to young aboriginal basketballers across Australia that sets him apart in my eyes and makes him such speaker whose story needs to be heard.

Brian Kerle has spent a lifetime playing basketball, and selecting and nurturing great talent. He coached 456 NBL games over 13 seasons, twice won Coach of the Year, won two successive NBL titles with St Kilda (1979 and 1980) and a fifth place at the World Club Championships (1981), took the Bullets to the 1984, 1986 and 1990 NBL grand finals and two championship titles (1985 and 1987). This is a record few coaches can match in NBL history.

He was Assistant Coach for the Australian Men’s Teams at a World Championship and Olympic Games and has been one of the most successful basketball coaches in Australian basketball. His contribution to the game at all levels has been profound, demonstrated by his induction into the NBL Hall of Fame in 2006.

Since leaving the competitive basketball scene, he has continued coaching in schools, clubs and coaching clinics throughout Queensland. He also worked at Sport and Recreation Queensland where he ran various sports programs including ‘Thanks Ref’ and ‘Deadly Sports’. Brian now combines the skills he learnt as a player, coach and business manager to developing excellence on and off the court through Brian Kerle Basketball Academy focusing heavily on developing aboriginal basketballers through Y.I.B.A. which he has set up as he searches for the next Patty Mills to give an opportunity to. 

The Young Indigenous Basketball Academy (Y.I.B.A.) is a skills, mentoring and support program designed to assist in the development of basketball pathways while supporting improvements in educational engagement and outcomes and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander basketballers.  YIBA provides access to elite coaching and playing pathways for its members, as well as supporting their school based academic and sporting outcomes through targeted coaching and mentoring. 

Topics Covered:

Brian will speak about:

  • His Olympic basketball journey

  • His life in basketball

  • Setting up and running the YIBBA QLD indigenous state basketball program 

  • His struggles in life how he overcame issues 

  • Basketball in Samoa

Throughout his presentation Brian will raise awareness of his non for profit organisation of choice which is the Young Indigenous Basketball Academy and he will donate at least 10% of his speaking fee to Y.I.B.A.

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