Meet The Coaches
Rachel Gwerder
Director of Development

Has over 25 years of experience as a coach, has spent the majority of this time in full-time employment in player development. Has led the development programmes at following associations, North Harbour, Waikato, Otago and Tauranga. Was employed by Basketball New Zealand as the South Island Coach and Player Development Officer. Mentor Coach on BBNZ Koru Tour for 15+ years. Coached for many years within National Programme from NZ U16’s through to the Tall Fern’s. Has coached and developed a huge stable of players through to National Age-Group and Tall Fern’s and Tall Black level.

Recipient of following BBNZ Awards - Carolyn Grey Coaching Scholarship, Prime Minister Scholarship,  Merit Award for 10 years service, Services to Women's Basketball

Recipient of Australian Country Junior Cup Services to Basketball.

Igor Cvjetkovic
Development Officer - Tauranga

Born and raised in Serbia where he learned the importance of footwork and strong fundamentals. As a player, Igor was a part of Tauranga Boys College “Titans” from 2015-2017, while currently playing for the TCBA’s U23 and Men’s team. From early 2018 he’s been studying Bachelor of Sport and Recreation while coaching Representative Teams. So far Igor has attended 2 Basketball New Zealand National Selection camps, where he was involved with U15 Boys. January 2020, Igor also gained his first international experience while attending the Koru Tour as a U14  Boys coach.

Audz Abbot
Development Officer - Eastern Bays

Audz has extensive history in the game, playing at all levels, including internationally as a Tall Fern (NZ Women's Team). She has worked in the fitness industry for many years, previously at Les Mills, and now owning personal gym in Whakatane. Audz takes a leadership role in Whakatane. She has all the BBNZ required certification in coaching and is authorised to lead Kiwi Hoops and Community Hoop Coaching Course on behalf of BBNZ. She is working towards getting refereeing certification also.  Her aim is to be that coach who is fully up with the play for the betterment of any team she coaches. Her coaching style is to ensure each player benefits, improves, learns and has an enhanced love for the game.

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Cairyn Rogers
Contracted Coach

As daughter of Rachel Gwerder and Mark Rogers (GM), Cairyn was born into the sport of basketball. She attended her first training at 4 days old, seated comfortably in her car seat, safely contained behind a soccer goal net. Cairyn attended Te Puna School and Aquinas College. Cairyn has represented TCBA as a player since 2010, including being a member of U23 and WBC / D-League Teams since the age of 15. She has been involved in Representative coaching for 6 years, which is impressive considering age. Cairyn participated as a player on the Koru Tour three times, returned to take on an admin role in 2018, and started coaching on the tour in 2019.

Chelseah Savage
Contracted Coach

Chelseah has returned to her hometown of Tauranga after many years of playing in the Waikato region, and four years in the States. As a player she has been a key member of teams that have won multiple BBNZ National Tournaments. Out on court, Chelseah constantly demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, a high work output and an advanced level of basketball intelligence. Add the above attributes to her desire to have a positive impact on the players she coaches, TCBA are blessed to have her return home.

KJ Morrell
Contracted Coach

KJ moved to Tauranga from North Harbour in 2018, whilst in North Harbour she played representative basketball. Moving to Tauranga, KJ quickly immersed herself into our basketball community, playing U17's, U23's and WBC (D-League). KJ attended, played, starred and captained in the Tauranga Girls College Basketball Programme. KJ has a scorers metality, and has a varied skill set to ensure she puts points on the board. KJ is two years out of high school, and is in her second year of working for TCBA, her coaching strengths include the ability to demonstrate and improve dribbling and scoring skills, and her empathy / understanding of athletes, whilst still holding high expectations.

Tom Latus
Contracted Coach

Born in the UK, Tom was raised around a Rugby league and football environment before moving to New Zealand in 2011 where he found his love for Basketball. Tom was a member of the Otumoetai College junior A boys team in 2013-2014 going undefeated  during the 2014 campaign. After focusing on other codes and his education in his senior years of high school, Tom discovered a passion for helping develop the skills of others and has been coaching the sport of basketball since 2017. He has also recently graduated in his Bachelor of Sport and Recreation for AUT.