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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 | 2020 to Present

Jamie Pearlman

Pearlman's previous coaching roles include Head Coach Kuala Lumpur Dragons (ASEANBL | 2018-20) and Head Coach Nelson Giants (NZNBL | 2018). Prior to these international opportunities, Pearlman coached in the NBL with the Cairns Taipans (2012-18) where he also worked with the Taipans Academy. As a player, Pearlman suited up for the Canberra Cannons (1994-2000) and Cairns Taipans (2000-02) in the NBL. Pearlman likes to spend time with his family in his spare time.

Basketball Operations Staff

GM Basketball | 2019 to Present

Jeff Van Groningen

Van Groningen joined the Adelaide 36ers towards the back end of the 2019-20 season from AEG Ogden, the management group of the Sydney Kings. Throughout his career, Van Groningen has spent time in the NBL system working with the Sydney Kings (2015-2019), Brisbane Bullets and Melbourne Tigers. Van Groningen like to visit his family in Brisbane when the opportunity arises.

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.

Strength & Conditioning

Physical Performance Manager | 2020 to Present

Nick Richardson

Since completing an internship with Cricket Victoria, Richardson has worked with a variety of sporting clubs including AFL clubs Geelong and Port Adelaide and having spent the past 4 seasons with the latter. He also spent 2 years in Ireland working at Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin. Richardson is also a Reservist Physical Training Instructor with the Royal Australian Air Force. In his spare time, Richardson enjoys spending time with his newborn daughter and playing golf.