The Frankston Blues basketball club are excited to announce the signing of US import Dain Swetalla for season 2016.
A proven winner at the collegiate level, Swetalla comes to the club after successful stints in Europe as a player and is currently involved in the sport as an Assistant Coach at
Ellsworth Community College under the tutelage of former Blues stand-out import Troy Muilenburg.
Blues Head Coach Grant Wallace said Swetalla will add-value to a game-style Coach Wallace is looking to establish next season saying “Dain is reminiscent of Blues legend import David Gruber and will provide us with a great inside presence and rebounding power. He is athletic and loves the up-tempo game and can stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting. Another past Blues legend, Troy Muilenberg, has highly recommended Dain for his on court and most importantly off court leadership and great clubman which will only benefit our program.” Wallace said.
Swetalla, who has SEABL experience playing for the Kilsyth Cobras in 2013, was enthusiastic about joining the Blues saying “I can't express how thrilled I am to be given another opportunity to play with such a great organization and team. Thank you to Coach Grant Wallace and High Performance Manager Stephen Blackley of the Frankston Blues for their professionalism and belief that I will be an asset for the Blues program.” Swetalla said.
Swetalla said Blues fans should buckle up for an exciting year ahead and feels he is in the best shape of his career and can’t wait to get Down-under to meet his new team-mates. “Never has my passion and drive to succeed been greater than what it is today. To everyone who has supported me in my pursuit of what I love, I say thank you. ” Swetalla said.
Frankston Blues High Performance Manager Steve Blackley said that the feedback he has received on Swetalla that he will seamless integrate into the Frankston community. “Dain will be a perfect fit both on and off the court for the Blues.” Blackley said. “On the court he allows Coach Wallace flexibility between the 4 and 5 spot while off the court our junior Blues will get to benefit from Dain’s College coaching experience.” Blackley added.
The story of how the club recruited Swetalla through club legend Troy Muilenburg is a great tale for not only Blues fans but SEABL fans who remember Muilenburg in the mid-1990s - leading the Blues to numerous conference championships and an ABA National Runners-up in 1995 (click here for replay of this match).
Blackley, a former team-mate of the ‘Mule’, as Muilenburg was affectionately known, said when someone of Muilenburg’s experience as a player & coach could not have been more glowing of Swetalla. “Troy could not have spoken any more highly of Dain. Coming from Troy, someone who I respect and who he has a great track record in helping me in the past with recruiting, for me it is really exciting for our club to secure someone of Dain’s character and abilities on-court.” Blackley said.
The Blues will officially welcome Stwetalla to the House of Blues in early March 2016.
With pre-season officially commencing over the coming weeks, more news will follow regarding further Frankston Blues signings for season 2016 and planned pre-season practice matches. See www.bluesbasketball.net.au for all your Blues news.
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16 November 2015