Regardless of important and constant change and occasional turmoil on the Hawks over the previous 11 years, there was one fixed — Tim Coenraad.
- Hawks veteran Tim Coenraad has introduced his retirement from skilled basketball
- The 35-year-old retires because the third most capped Hawk, with 310 video games
- Coenraad represented Australia with each the Boomers and the 3×3 nationwide workforce
The 35-year-old from Brisbane was a rookie in 2009–10 when the Hawks misplaced to Perth within the grand ultimate.
He was the go-to participant consultant for native media a number of years later in periods when the membership was positioned into voluntary administration, talking with readability and fervour.
He joked at present he holds the report for going via probably the most quantity of voluntary administrations of any Hawks participant.
On the court docket, he’s nonetheless considered one of many best three-point shooters within the league, significantly when taking part in at house within the WIN Leisure Centre in entrance of a crowd invariably filled with #22 Coenraad jerseys.
However after greater than a decade as a one-club participant and holding the report because the third-most capped Hawks participant of all time, he has introduced his retirement.
“My authentic plans have been that I nonetheless had one thing to offer, but when I’ll transfer ahead taking part in skilled basketball, I do not suppose it is acceptable for me to offer one thing, I believe it is acceptable to offer all the things.
“Different issues have crept into my taking part in profession, so the choice is only primarily based on that is the place my life’s headed now and it is not out of an absence of affection for the sport as a result of I’ve nonetheless acquired an amazing love for the sport.”
Retiring with extra to supply
There are a variety of frequent retirement eventualities in skilled sport, however Coenraad doesn’t match into any of them.
There may be the injury-forced retirement, waning ardour for the sport, type, household causes, age or, if you’re fortunate, a fairy story ending with a championship like Perth’s Damian Martin did final season.
Up till a couple of weeks in the past, Coenraad was coaching with The Hawks as an uncontracted participant in addition to persevering with in his job as a non-public basketball coach.
Earlier this yr, The Hawks slowly stuffed their roster for the approaching season with new, younger expertise.
Because the workforce took form below new proprietor Dorry Kordahi and coach Brian Goorjian, it grew to become clear Coenraad wouldn’t be provided a spot.
“He is positively a crowd favorite and somebody who holds his head up excessive.
“Not many gamers can have an 11-year profession in a single membership and that is a testomony to himself and his love for the neighborhood.”
Followers assumed he would keep match match, and being settled in Wollongong, be out there as an injury-replacement participant for the approaching season.
Nonetheless, for job safety and a safe earnings, Coenraad has been growing his personal enterprise profession.
“Once I began coaching with the blokes [recently], I assumed these guys are fairly spectacular,” he stated.
His 11-year profession at a look
Coenraad retires from the sport with 2,580 factors and a 39 per cent three-point capturing common.
In 2019 he represented Australia in World Cup qualifiers towards Kazakhstan and Iran, in addition to taking part in for Australia within the new 3×3 format.
In December 2019 he grew to become solely the third Hawk to play 300 NBL video games for the membership, ending with a report of 310.
Whereas the #22 jersey will not be seen on court docket, Coenraad will proceed his profession with The Hawks as its newly-appointed neighborhood engagement and participant welfare officer.
“The Illawarra neighborhood is what I am devoted to and the membership is shifting in an thrilling course,” he stated.
“The Illawarra neighborhood is the one which allowed me to fulfil my desires of taking part in skilled basketball — the neighborhood has been the sturdy level for me.”