Mark Worthington to coach South West Slammers men's side in 2020

On the court: Bunbury basketball star Mark Worthington will coach the South West Slammers men's side in 2020. Photo: Getty Images.
On the court: Bunbury basketball star Mark Worthington will coach the South West Slammers men's side in 2020. Photo: Getty Images.

Two-time Olympic basketballer and NBL superstar Mark Worthington has returned to his old stomping grounds.

The 36-year-old will coach the South West Slammers men's side throughout the 2020 State Basketball League season.

He replaces outgoing coach John Triscari, who stepped down from the role earlier this year.

Worthington said he was looking forward to assisting some of the region's best basketballers.

He also said he was interested in developing a "sustainable future" for the club.

"After claiming just one win this year, the club is looking to start fresh next season," he said.

"We're looking to retain some local talent, and help them to improve over the next couple of years.

"We have already reached out to some of the players. We will also be looking to bring in some new recruits."

Worthington is encouraging all community members to get behind the Slammers in 2020.

"We're going to have our ups and downs next year," he said.

"However, I believe the upcoming season will be exciting for the players, the fans, and the club."

After starting his career in Bunbury, Worthington was recruited by the Sydney Kings in 2005.

He played for the Kings, South Dragons, Melbourne Tigers, Gold Coast Blaze, and Cairns Taipans, before announcing his retirement in 2017.

Worthington represented the Boomers at the Beijing and London Olympic Games, and competed in two FIBA World Championship tournaments (2006 and 2010).