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Stephen Blackley

High Performance Basketball Coach


I couldn't be any prouder of what Brett McKean and Craig McKean have done with the U/12.1 Blues Girls.

Your hard work and dedication have paid off with 3rd place at a National tournament.

The way your team played all weekend was special and backed up by a great parent group who supported everyone and whatever decisions Brett made. When asked by my son Callan who were the starting 5 and Brett's best players I said I was unsure because of the way they play and move the ball so well.

What makes Brett a great coach is he is prepared to keep asking questions and wants feedback from his peers.

His work ethic is outstanding and he goes beyond what most Rep coaches do.

His relationship with Mike Brookens has further enhanced his coaching through SEABL.


Patrick and April Darcy

Parents, Pakenham Melbourne


Thank you so much for putting so much time and effort over many years with Matthew's basketball and simply being a good role model and friend for him to look up to.


Matt certainly respects you Brett as an excellent basketball coach and he will always remember the excellent development at the ground level that put him in good stead for realizing his dream to play college basketball in America. Matthew has had a pretty good first year at Green Mountain College. He got some good minutes in some games and was starting 5 in a couple of them.


We also see you as a terrific role model for him and appreciate all your time and effort over many years of coaching Matt, you have shown support and encouragement of our son in not just playing basketball, but also as a positive role model of life in general. It has been people like yourself who have helped made Matthew's dream come true, as well as assisted with him having a successful career after hopefully gaining a College Degree.


You may not realize, but you are one of the links of the chain that have helped changed a person’s life for the better and those middle years with you certainly were all quality.

So, on behalf of Matthew, April and I, a big thank you Brett for all your support, encouragement and guidance over several years.


Glenn Orth

Parent, Mt. Eliza, Melbourne


I have known Brett for 2 years. His passion for the game is obvious and infectious.


He treats his girls as true athletes and demands the highest levels of commitment and professionalism from those partaking in his program. He provides the girls a pathway to ensure they optimize their talents and dare to dream that a professional career can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Life skills, preparation tips, rest and recovery, injury prevention and nutritional guides have all been provided by Brett as part of his holistic approach to his athletes.


Brett’s talent identification to achieve outstanding results are evident with his team this year. Brett is a Basketball tragic who is a student of the game.


Brett is a technically strong coach, who is quick to identify and amend player deficiencies. My daughter rates his ability to communicate complex ideas to an easy to understand level. I am also encouraged that Brett ensures players play to their strengths and can allow natural abilities to play their own games. Brett is a team first coach that demands team success overrides individual accolades. He is tactically astute and is seldom outcoached. The team is exposed to many team offensive and defensive set plays and team philosophies. Brett always ensures more than one backup plan is in effect. Forward scouting and opposition analysis is always thorough and considered.


In conclusion, it is without hesitation that I would recommend Brett to any persons seeking to engage his services. I would strongly recommend Brett’s skillset to anybody requiring individual workout sessions, coaching clinics or trying out for selection to a representative team.



Louise Jungwirth

Parent, Mt Eliza, Melbourne


What impressed me immediately with Brett was his professionalism.  Straight away he spoke to the parents and girls about his expectations for the team, the manner in which they were expected to conduct themselves as a member of the team, and his credentials as a coach and how this could help the girls to attain to a high standard of playing.  Brett never wavered from his high expectations, nor did he disappoint in what he was able to offer to the girls.  His extensive knowledge and extraordinary understanding of the game meant that this team, which included 5 bottom aged players and 4 who had never played representative basketball before, made it into Metro 1 for the 2015/16 VJBL season, this was a huge achievement by any standards.


What also sets Brett apart from other coaches is that he is a tireless worker outside game day and training of his own team, and that he continues to be a “student of the game” himself, always looking for ways to improve his knowledge of the game and ways that he can become a better coach.


Brett has also volunteered his time to help a team in need at a domestic club I am affiliated with, this is also a great reflection on the type of person that he is.


My daughter has improved dramatically under the guidance and coaching of Brett, it is not just her skills that have gone from strength to strength, it is also her understanding of the game and mutual respect for her team and others affiliated with basketball.  Brett has imparted a huge element of professionalism into all the girls that he has coached.  He continues to raise the bar and makes them want to strive to be better week in week out and I therefore give Brett my highest recommendation.



Tyrone Tonkin

Player, Hallam, Melbourne


Thanks Brett for all your time, effort and encouragement over the years you coached me, it has helped me to so far reach Div. 3 college Basketball, I head off to Green Mountain very soon.  You taught me many things, other than helping to develop my skills on the court and improve my game, you taught me how to appreciate and respect the game. You gave me confidence in my abilities and I’m sure many things I am forgetting. You helped me develop my skills from a young age and I can't thank you enough.

If your looking for a safe, fun and hard working environment to improve your basketball skills, BMB is one of the best. I’ve played college basketball and big V for years now and trained with Brett and it’s always new innovative sessions that he adapts to your skill level and goals! 100000% recommend.


Thanks bro for the support and all the coaching over the years, it means a lot.



Catherine Diamantopoulos

Parent, Rowville, Melbourne

Great coach, taught my daughter fundamental skills, discipline and teamwork. Brett's attitude and genuine love for the game and the kids he coaches and has given my daughter self confidence in her own abilities.

Jason Skeels

Coach, Pakenham Warriors 

I can't recommend Brett at Bmb basketball enough, now my daughter is playing rep she has been working hard on her game . tonight she went around her back lost her player and pushed up the court. all her training is coming together. keep up the great work Brett you put into the kids

Katie Ammavuta

Parent and Rep Team Manager, Ballarat 

Fantastic coach and mentor. Always goes above and beyond and has continued to support our athlete over the years. Very appreciative of Brett’s commitment and knowledge.

Cathy Fillingham

Parent, Officer, Melbourne 

We started at BMB basketball when possible through covid to present and have been extremely happy with Brett's coaching and also for strength training with Frank. Both are professional and very friendly to the point my daughter who is 10 can not wait for her sessions. The change in her attitude and skills grow weekly and the guys could not be any more encouraging. If your looking for coaching I highly recommend BMB basketball.

Vicky Ryding

Parent, Officer, Melbourne 

I have three Children who all train with Brett from BMB Bulls. Brett and his team are amazing, they provide individualised training and support to every child and make training fun! My children vary in ages and skill levels and have trained with Brett from 5 years old. I have never seen Brett show any frustrations or inability to support behavioural challenges. Brett and his team are professional and committed to a supportive experience for every child!

I would highly recommend BMB Bulls to anyone wanting to experience high quality and personalised coaching.

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