Q&A With Joseph Reddish

What is your full name and where are you from?

Joseph Reddish, Born in Townsville Queensland raised in NZ.

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

I was born into basketball. My brothers & sisters all played 

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

I went to some non basketball schools in intermediate/begining of HS until I moved to St Kents in 2011 as apart of some of the first group of Prem teams. Half way through Year 12 I got the opportunity to move to the States & i finished up my HS basketball over in the US.

A few of my most proud achievement would have to be..

– Being apart of the Franklin Bulls inaugural season.

– Representing NZ U18.

Please tell me about Swoosh and your involvement with basketball over the years?

I’ve played since mini ball so had a love for the game since an early age. As I was back & forth from the US. 

I was getting involved in the coaching side of things and really enjoyed it and kinda knew after playing that i’d really want to transition into coaching after playing and somehow make a living out of it.

Swoosh Training is a bit of everything I started Swoosh training in 2017 we cover..

– Individual/small group sessions.

– We have 5 or so different Academy programs (mini ball – high school level).

– We run camps & colab with other clubs & groups.

– We contract/consult with Clubs & Associations.

What made you decide to become a Coach? 

 I always loved working on my own game. Being a 6 foot guard you need to be very skilled.

The same joy I used to get from improving myself, I get even more from helping others. 

 “hard work beats talent, if talent fails to work hard” of course you got to love the game but you really got top work your ass off.

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

When I was offered an Assistant Coach role with the Franklin Bulls and just being involved in the game day in and out is a blessing.

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

My Brother Jamie coached a bunch of teams growing up. He was also the one taking to me scrimmages & letting me play on his men’s league teams growing up. Also my parents because they believed in my hoop dreams.

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

Kalani Purcell.

Who is the ultimate men’s basketball in New Zealand?

Adams or Pero C.

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

I think coaching at the highest level possible NBA, Euro or National team situations would the ultimate, but i also really enjoy the grassroots. Just want to continue to be involved in the game.

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 

I had low cut Nike Hyperize’s back in the day that I really liked.

You were apart of the Franklin Bulls inaugural season, what were the highlights for you? 

Just being one of the first team, there will never be another 1st and its my home town so it was just all round special.

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

Be a good person, no body owes you anything so work your butt off and you can do anything.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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