GippSport Program Coordinators Michelle Harris and Gene Parini discuss what positive coaching means and how it is intertwined into club culture at elite and community sports level. With special guests Guy Molloy (Head Coach) and Tony Hallam (Chairperson) they hear about the Deakin Melbourne Boomers experience, how they built a club culture and values from 2015 and they find out how that links with their coaching philosophy. They then speak with fellow GippSport Program Coordinator Damen Francis around the findings of research through the Access for Sport Project and how positive coaching can impact youth participation. Damen also provides the details of the upcoming Positive Coaching Webinar in June.

Our Guest

Guy Molloy


Guy is currently the Head Coach of (WNBL) Deakin Melbourne Boomers since 2013 and Head Coach of NZ Tall Ferns since 2018. He has had an illustrious coaching career over the past 30 years at senior elite level, for both Men and Women as well as junior pathway programs. He recently notched up his 250th (WNBL) game. He has also coached the Cairns Taipans and South Dragons in the (NBL) as well as the Australian U21 and U17 Men’s teams. 

Tony Hallam

Tony is a Chartered Accountant who moved careers into sports management in his early 40’s. He is the current Chair and Director of Deakin Melbourne Boomers. He was the former Chair of Etihad Stadium and has held executive roles with Football Federation Australia and Golf Australia. He is passionate about building a club culture through purpose and values.

Damen Francis


Damen joined the GippSport team in 2019 to lead the Increasing Access to Sport project which is funded through the Latrobe Health Assembly. The project is researching and exploring the barriers and potential solutions to you sport participation in Latrobe City. Damen is a qualified media and communications professional with 10 years of industry experience and an extensive association with regional sport. Born and raised in Hobart, Damen moved to Victoria in 2010 and has spent seven of the past 10 years in the Gippsland region. In that time he has established and maintained relationships with key stakeholders across the sporting and wider communities, initially as a sports journalist at the Latrobe Valley Express and later as media and marketing manager for non-profit sports organisation AFL Gippsland.

Between Games is designed to support community sport as another avenue for volunteer club administrators to gain some valuable information on club development, up to date sport and recreation information as well as relevant and topical issues. Proudly presented by GippSport, a Regional Sports Assembly in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.