Should Jon Deeble be coaching an ABL team?
The news that the Adelaide Bite have made a managerial change and not renewed Tony Harris’ contract has sparked more discussion on the why it is that our National Coach does not coach at the ABL. This question gained some traction following the disappointing results of Australia’s involvement in the World Baseball Classic and the inevitable debate on where the fault lay – with the selection or the management of the team.
This is one such comment as a result of our announcement of Houston Astros scout Charlie Aliano’s appointment as the Bite’s head coach [see post below]:-
“One day I look forward to reading a posting which confirms changes to the management and coaching staff of the Australian National Team. Charlie Aliano now has his chance to shine in Adelaide and the question I have is why doesn’t Jon Deeble manage an ABL team? Athens 2004 was a long time ago and frankly Deeble should prove himself against all the ABL field managers as I think competition is a good thing for him and to prove his skills. Kevin Jordan did a lot with a thinly stretched Bandits team last year and perhaps Deeble might show his stuff managing Melbourne, but achievements a decade old are exactly that”.
Jon Deeble replaced Mike Young as the National manager in 2000 for the Sydney Olympics and was again the Olympic manager in 2004 in Athens when Australia won the Silver medal. Australia did not qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Jon has also managed the Australian team at the 2006 [finished 13th], 2009 [12th] and 2013 [16th - last] World Baseball Classics.
So the question is – should the National Manager coach an ABL team and so pit himself against other Managers in the country for the right to manage the national team?