Coaches and Team Staff


Head Coach

CJ Bruton

Head Coach | 2021 to present

Bruton, 45, is one of the National Basketball League’s all-time greats, debuting in 1994 and completing an illustrious 516 game career in 2014. Over those two decades, Bruton averaged 14.9 points & 3.6 assists per game while shooting 40% from the three-point arc and 83% from the free throw line. For all of those elite numbers, it was his record-equaling six NBL Championships that cemented Bruton’s place as one of the best to ever hit the court in Australia. Accolades that punctuated a stunning playing career include an NBL Grand Final MVP Award in 2012, being named twice to the All-NBL First Team (2006, 2008) and All-NBL Second Team (2008), NBL Most Improved Player 1999 and the Gaze Medal in 2005 as Australian International Player of the Year.

Assistant Coach

Assistant Coach | 2023 to Present

Scott Ninnis

Ninnis returns to the NBL coaching ranks after leading South Adelaide Panthers to a drought-breaking NBL1 Central men’s championship in 2022. Ninnis played 318 NBL games (233 with Adelaide 36ers) across a 12-year career and is a three-time champion, two with the 36ers in 1986 and 1998 and one with South East Melbourne Magic in 1992. After finishing his playing days after the 36ers’ 1998 championship win against the Magic, Ninnis then became assistant coach to Phil Smyth and was on the sidelines for two more championship wins in 1998-99 and 2001-02.

Basketball Operations Staff

Team Manager | 2007 to Present

Jared Campbell

Jared "Jazzy" Campbell has worked with the 36ers his whole life. His first job was as an usher in The Powerhouse where he slowly became more and more involved with the team before taking the reins from Keith Woods in 2007. Jazzy is the heart and soul of the 36ers and is loved by everyone, he has been a father figure to every rookie over the past 14 years. He is also a very accomplished craftsman, especially when it comes to carpentry. Jazzy's kids are his pride and joy.

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