New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tim McTamney

What is your full name and where are you from?

Tim McTamney. Born and raised in Masterton, mostly lived in Palmerston North. Hamilton and the UK.

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

I grew from 5’8 to 6’3 in year 12 and my rugby coach wanted me to shift from 1st Five to No.8…wasn’t keen! Basketball coach was happy for me to keep playing PG, easy choice after that.

What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights as a player?

Chanel College in Masterton, made the Senior Wairarapa Mens team as a student. 

You played second division for Manawatu and Wairarapa, please tell us a about these experiences. 

Governors Wairarapa were National Div II Champions, wonderful experience playing there, played for Manawatu to avoid all the travelling. Also a great experience, effectively the Jets Development team. 

Won three u23 championships with Palmerston North team.

You are currently the Head Coach of the Mighty Manawatu Jets, What other coaching roles have you had over the years? 

PNBHS through late 90’s

Manawatu Jets 1999 to 2001

Hamilton BhS 2001 to 2003

Junior Tall Blacks 2003/05

Auckland Stars 2004 – National Champions

Waikato Pistons 2005 to 2007

Manawatu Jets 2008 to 2010

Development Coaching in UK from 2012 to 2016

Manawatu Jets 2017 to present

What made you decide to become a Coach? 

I am a trained teacher so coaching became part of what I did at school. Was a much better educator than player so the shift was natural.

You are a role model for young men and women, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?

It is good to have goals and ideas of what you would like to achieve but as a young player simply concentrate on becoming a better player, team mate and a better person every day. 

People who only have good things to say about your game are likely not being honest with you. Find honesty and allow yourself to be coached.

What has been the ultimate highlight so far in your Coaching career? 

2004 NBL Championship

2020 Showdown Final

2004 u20 NZ team winning Oceania Championship

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

Tab Baldwin

Nenax Vucinic

Zico Coronel

For many reasons, too numerous to list.

Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?

Micaela Cocks

Who is the ultimate mens basketball player in New Zealand? 

Corey Webster

Tom Abercrombie

In terms of your Coaching career, what would be the pinnacle for you? 

To be involved in the Tall Black programme.

Coaching in Europe (some leagues)

Possibly ANBL

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 


The Jets were runners up in this years NBL. What were the highlights for you? 

The team culture the players created, it was natural and unforced. The style of basketball we played and that the players really enjoyed the experience on court.

The development of players, the improvement they showed by simply doing what was asked of them.

Using basketball as a tool, what life lessons can you instill in the players you coach? 

Being part of something bigger than yourself…the importance of Loyalty, Honesty and Selflessness. Unfortunately, the game is creating the opposite of these things currently. Too much emphasis is placed on exposure, individual accomplishments and the ‘next’ team.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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