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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Eric Hollingsworth lands his first job since leaving AA

Eric Hollingsworth lands his first job since leaving AA

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Former Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth joins Melbourne United

By Daniel Cherny
Sydney Morning Herald
December 21, 2014

Eric Hollingsworth behind the Melbourne United
bench on Sunday. Photo: Mick Connolly

Former Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth has landed his first job since resigning amid controversy in September, hired as a contractor to review the basketball operations and elite practices at NBL club Melbourne United.

Hollingsworth joined the club earlier this month, and watched on as United overcame the Sydney Kings 105-101 in overtime at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday.

"The club's striving to be the best, looking for excellence, and obviously with my reputation and my expertise in high-performance sport, they brought me in to take a look at all the operations, and give an assessment," Hollingsworth said on Sunday.

"I've had a nice long rest relaxing. [I] took some time off with my family and when I was approached by the club, I saw it as a nice exciting thing to get back into sport."

Hollingsworth attracted national headlines in July following his spectacular falling out with Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Sally Pearson during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

He was suspended and sent home after issuing a media release criticising team captain Pearson, claiming she was a bad example to younger athletes by failing to attend the pre-games camp in Britain – a direct contravention of orders from his superiors. His resignation was accepted in early September after he was made to explain to AA officials why he should keep his job.

Hollingsworth said he had learnt from his time at AA. "You're always learning from every experience and so I've certainly picked up a lot of stuff from that process and hopefully my expertise can be of some benefit to the club," he said.

Hollingsworth said he was impressed by what United were building in their first season since rebranding themselves, and they were on a solid platform after the early hiccup of coach Chris Anstey's resignation after just one game.

"The product is fantastic. They're trying really hard to be a world-leading club. Obviously, we're not there yet and we've got a lot of work to do but certainly that's the aim," he said.

Hollingsworth is no stranger to basketball, having previously been president of McKinnon basketball association. United officials have confirmed that his role could become permanent.

United (9-7) moved two games clear of the Kings (7-7) with the win, tightening Darryl McDonald's side's grip on fourth spot.


"Obviously with my reputation and my expertise in high-performance sport, they brought me in"

"when I was approached by the club"

"hopefully my expertise can be of some benefit to the club,"

If they're looking for an expert in being wank*, then they've approached the right person. How's Eric going to sleep his way to the top in a men's basketball league?.. Basketball santa

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