Former Bendigo Spirit star Belinda Snell to coach SEABL club Sydney Uni Sparks

Belinda Snell in her Bendigo Spirit days.
Belinda Snell in her Bendigo Spirit days.

FORMER Bendigo Spirit WNBL star Belinda Snell has been named head coach of SEABL team Sydney Uni Sparks.

Snell, who played two seasons for the Spirit in 2014-15 and 2015-16, replaces Karen Dalton, who will remain heavily involved in the Sparks’ program.

Dalton believed Snell would excel in the role and looked forward to seeing her in action as coach.

“She will bring her experience as a player to the role and massively impact these young girls as they come through the program,” she said.

Snell, a three-time Olympian, is a three-time WNBL champion, most recently with Sydney Uni Flames in 2016-17.

She holds the league’s record for the most points in a game (54) and most made three-pointers (12).

The Sparks program is an extension of the Sydney Uni Flames already burgeoning development pathway for female basketball players in New South Wales.

The team is comprised primarily of players currently training in the Flames Academy, with members of the Flames WNBL squad adding some experience to the outfit in the club’s first venture into the highest calibre league in Australia outside of the WNBL.

This will be the Sparks second season in the SEABL. They finished third in the East Conference in their maiden year.

The Sparks play Bendigo Lady Braves on Friday, June 22, at Bendigo Stadium.