Shane Heal is one of Australia’s most recognised personalities and sporting figures, a profile forged representing Australia at four Olympic Games and playing professionally for more than 20 years in Australia, Europe and the NBA. This included Captaining the Sydney Kings to their first ever title.
Following his retirement from playing, Shane earned a reputation as a successful entrepreneur and businessman, while also showcasing his leadership through coaching. He led the Sydney Kings to the playoffs and led the Wellington Saints to the New Zealand NBL title.
Shane’s high standard of excellence, hard work and passion saw him succeed in a sport often reserved for taller athletes, and his leadership, charisma and communications skills have translated off the court in business and coaching.
At just 6 ft tall, Shane's talent and determination to succeed helped him stand out in a sport usually dominated by much taller men.
Represented Australia at 4 Olympic Games – 1992, 1996, 2000 & 2004.
Captained Australia at the 2004 Olympics Games.
Represented Australia at 3 World Championships – 1987 (Junior), 1994 & 1998
More total points and assists than any other player in the world at the 1996, 2000 & 2004 Olympics.
NBA – Minnesota Timberwolves 1996-97
NBA – San Antonio Spurs 2003
3 years in powerful Greek League – All Star in 2 years.
Time in top Italian League
15 seasons in NBL
8 years NBL All Star
Captain of Sydney Kings first ever Championship.
Youngest player to ever score 1000 points in NBL.
Once scored 61 points in NBL game.
Scored 8 – 3 point baskets against the USA Dream Team at the 1996 Olympics.
Return to NBL in 2006 with South Dragons as Player/Coach.
Signed with NBL Team, Gold Coast Blaze for 2008 Season.
Appointed Assistant Coach of the Australian Team in 2009
Appointed Head Coach of the Sydney Kings in 2012
Championship-winning Head Coach of the Wellington Saints in 2014
Coaching Director and Head Coach of the WNBL SEQ Stars in the 2015-2016 season
Established television commentator including Network 10 and Fox Sports, including lead expert caller for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Australian Boomers and NBL.
Director at Elite Basketball Development with a passion for coaching elite up-and-coming players.