Carl Catalano has shocked Bunbury basketball circles by withdrawing from the race to coach the Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers in 2012.
After two years in charge of the men’s squad, Catalano said work commitments were behind his decision to take his hat out of the ring.
The withdrawal leaves the club with three candidates for the position of senior men’s coach, who will be interviewed in the coming fortnight while two people have applied to coach the Slammers women’s side.
Catalano said he did not take the decision to pull out ightly.
‘‘There is amore than likely chance that I’m going to be in Perth more than in Bunbury,’’ he said.
‘‘It just wasn’t fair that I be considered for the job if I couldn’t be fully committed to it next year.’’
Catalano took the reins of the Slammers senior program on the eve of the 2009 season after the resignation of high-profile Canadian coach David Petroziello. Despite steering the playing group through a turbulent two seasons, Catalano has the unenviable record of just one victory from his 52 games in charge of the squad.
They were without a win all last season.
‘‘I’ve really enjoyed my time with the guys and trying to turn things around,’’ Catalano said.
‘‘I think what I’ve been able to achieve in the last two year is not indicative of what we’ve looked like on the court. I look back at it now and feel proud that I’ve done a job. It hasn’t translated onto the court, but hopefully whoever takes that position next, it makes their life a bit easier.
‘‘There were some challenges but I’ve enjoyed every bit of the last two years.’’
Senior Basketball South West director Russell Donovan praised Catalano for his efforts over the last two years.
‘‘He’s just not sure that he can commit the time,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re really thankful for the work that Carl has put in over the last two years as our senior coach.’’
Catalano could not rule out having a role next season and said he would like to help out in some capacity.