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Shane Douglas Heal (born 6 September 1970) is an Australian former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and coach.

Shane Heal
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Personal information
Born (1970-09-06) 6 September 1970 (age 48)
Melbourne, Victoria
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolUpper Yarra Secondary College
(Yarra Junction, Victoria)
NBA draft1992 / Undrafted
Playing career1988–2009
PositionPoint guard
Number10, 11
Coaching career2006–present
Career history
As player:
1988Brisbane Bullets
1989–1991Geelong Supercats
1992–1995Brisbane Bullets
1996Sydney Kings
1996–1997Minnesota Timberwolves
1998Sydney Kings
1998–2000Near East
2000–2002Sydney Kings
2002Andrea Costa Imola
2002–2003Sydney Kings
2003San Antonio Spurs
2006–2008South Dragons
2008–2009Gold Coast Blaze
As coach:
2006–2008South Dragons
2012–2014Sydney Kings
2014Wellington Saints
2015–2016SEQ Stars
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Stats at


Playing careerEdit


Heal's international career highlights include representing the Australian Boomers at the 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games, captaining the team in 2004 in Athens. Heal Also represented Australia at numerous FIBA World Championships.

Many consider Heal's best international game came against the USA "Dream Team" in a warm up match for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The game, played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, was won 118-77 by the US, though Heal topped all scorers with 28 points including hitting 8 of 12 three pointers. Heal had a running battle with NBA superstar Charles Barkley during the game with the two almost coming to blows at one point, though they hugged in mutual respect on-court after the game.


Heal had two stints in the NBA, firstly in the 1996–97 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and secondly in the 2003–04 season with the San Antonio Spurs.


Heal won the 2002–03 NBL championship with the Sydney Kings. Heal retired from basketball after his stint at the Kings. He later continued his career, coming out of retirement to play for the newly formed South Dragons initially as a player. This quickly changed after the coaching position became vacant and he was offered the job as the club's player/coach, which he accepted. He was sacked from his job at the Dragons during his second season at the club, after multiple poor performances. Heal was signed in May 2008 as a player for the recently formed Gold Coast Blaze. Heal retired the second and last time, on 14 February 2009, playing the last of his 440 NBL matches for the Gold Coast Blaze and finished on a winning note, the Blaze completing a three-game winning streak despite an otherwise modest season.

NBL team records and achievementsEdit

Brisbane BulletsEdit

  • 2nd on three-pointers made (477)
  • 2nd on assists (816)
  • 4th on free-throw percentage (84.1%)
  • 7th on points scored (2771)
  • 7th on field goals made (951)
  • 7th on free-throws made (392)
  • 8th on steals (164)
  • 6th on turnovers (387)

NBL league recordsEdit

  • First in assists per game in 1990 (8.3/24 games)
  • First in assists per game in 2002 (7.5/29 games)
  • Third in most points in a game (61 in 1994)
  • Third in most assists in a game (20 in 1990)
  • Second and third in most three-pointers made in a game (12 in 1994 and 2001)

Australian Institute of SportEdit

He held an Australian Institute of Sport basketball scholarship from 1987 to 1988.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

South DragonsEdit

On 3 March 2006, it was reported in Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper that Heal was considering coming out of retirement to captain the South Dragons, a new Melbourne-based NBL franchise to enter the league in the 2006/07 season.[2] He officially signed with the team on 6 April as the Dragons' inaugural captain.[3] On 23 October 2006, Dragons coach Mark Price resigned his position after the Dragons lost their first five NBL championship season games, citing family reasons. Price was replaced by Heal, who was appointed as player and interim coach for the remainder of the season.[4] After multiple successful performances, his contract was extended to the end of the 2008/2009 season. However, on 1 February 2008, Heal was sacked from his job as player/coach at the Dragons after a poor season left the club struggling at the bottom of the table and himself battling fitness issues.[5]

Sydney KingsEdit

On 24 February 2012, Shane Heal became the coach of the Sydney Kings after former coach Ian Robilliard stood down.[6] Robilliard took the post of Sydney Kings CEO after Stephen Dunn's departure as Executive Director. Dunn had been fulfilling the role of Executive Director in an unpaid capacity for nine months to assist the club.[7] Heal began his Sydney Kings coaching career with a 71-69 win against the Townsville Crocodiles on 26 February 2012.[8]

On 10 October 2013, Heal was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team.[9] On 4 February 2014, Heal was named the Coach of the Month for January.[10]

On 21 March 2014, Heal announced that he would not be re-applying for the Sydney Kings' head coaching job for the 2014–15 season. His announcement was made following the Kings' loss to the Wollongong Hawks, ending the Kings' hopes of making the 2013–14 playoffs.[11]

Wellington SaintsEdit

On 5 February 2014, Heal signed with the Wellington Saints to be the club's head coach for the 2014 New Zealand NBL season.[12] After guiding the Saints to the 2014 championship, he announced on November 27, 2014 that he would not be returning to the club in 2015.[13]

South East QueenslandEdit

In March 2015, Heal was named the head coach of the new WNBL side, South East Queensland Stars.[14][15] The club dissolved and left the league after just one season.

Sutherland SharksEdit

Heal coached the Sutherland Sharks Waratah Championship League women's team in 2018. The team reached the Grand Final, but fell 90-70 to Norths to finish as runners-up. Heal has decided to coach the sharks women's championship team for 2019. The team contains both daughters, Australian Emu, Shyla Heal and his eldest daughter, Ashleigh Heal.[16]


  1. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X.
  2. ^ Bernard, Grantley (3 March 2006). "Heal weighs up Dragons captaincy". Herald Sun.
  3. ^ South Dragons (2005). Heal back in black Archived 21 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 6 April 2006.
  4. ^ South Dragons (2006). Price resigns, Heal new head coach Archived 12 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 23 October 2006.
  5. ^ "Dragons and Heal part ways". South Dragons. 1 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ MightyMite Sydney Kings announce 25th Anniversary Team Archived 13 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Young, Heal win Player and Coach of the Month Archived 6 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Shane Heal to step away from Kings Archived 22 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Heal signs with Saints
  13. ^ Heal Not Returning To Saints Archived 5 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ New WNBL side as elite basketball returns to South East Queensland
  15. ^ Loretta Ryan introduces The South East Queensland Stars Archived 30 August 2015 at Wikiwix
  16. ^ Waratah Basketball League Results

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