About SMA Basketball
SMA Basketball was founded by Coach Alex Stojkovic in 2013. Alex has been coaching basketball on all levels since 2001 and this is his platform to share his knowledge to help the next generation of players and coaches.
Alex has got a real passion for coaching basketball and helping players become better players both on and off the court.
Over the years Alex has worked with many players who have played both for the Junior and Senior National teams in New Zealand, including current Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu and Shea Ili.
Alex has been a Head Coach in the New Zealand National League, coaching the Harbour Heat 2012.
Below you can find some of his qualifications and achievements over the years.
- FIBA certified coach – Licence N°: 2007018097
- Euroleague Coaching Course in both 2008 and 2009
- four week practicum in 2007 with Akasvayu Girona in the Spanish ACB League, coached by Coach Svetislav Pesic
- Basketball New Zealand High Performance Coaches Camp 2006 led by Janez Drvaric and Ollie Dudfield
- Basketball New Zealand Level 1 & 2 Coaching Certificate
“Alex is an elite-level coach with the ability to develop not only professional athletes but also beginners as well. He is very organized and has the ability to relate with each level of player on an individual basis to meet that athletes needs and desires.
I have coached at the professional and US university levels and fully recommend Alex to coach, develop and strengthen my athletes. This is because of the experience Alex has at all levels of coaching throughout his career.
I really appreciate Alex’s ability to develop personal-relationships with those he is developing is that makes the development-process even more efficient and enjoyable.
Alex is a great person on the court and off the court, he is truly an asset to any project he has dedicated himself too.” – Chris Sparks – Professional Basketball Coach
- Assistant Coach Takapuna Grammar School Premier Boys 2002-03
- Head Coach Takapuna Grammar School Premier Boys 2004
- Head Coach Harbour Heat Reserves 2nd Division Men 2004-06
- Assistant Coach Harbour Heat National League Men 2005-06
- Head Coach/Owner Western Bay Suns 2nd Division Men 2007-08
- Head Coach Tauranga Boys College Senior Boys 2009
- Head Coach Western Bay of Plenty U19 Boys 2009
- Head Coach Harbour U21 Women 2011
- Head Coach Harbour Heat National League Men 2012
- Head Coach Harbour U23 Men 2013
- St Peter’s College Premier Boys 2015-16
- Te Aroha College 2017
“Alex is an outstanding basketball coach with a tireless work ethic, passion and has a real gift of getting the best out of his players and co coaches.
Alex is very gifted in teaching sound fundamental skill, tactical approaches in scout and game planing.
Alex also has a great track record of developing local junior talent and preparing them to play at a National/International level.
Something that has always impressed me about Alex is his ability to communicate with all his athletes, his professional approach and attention to detail in everything he does and his core values as a coach.
Alex is a coach that can develop good players into great players and great people through the skills of basketball.” – Kennedy Kereama, Head Coach New Zealand Tall Ferns
- Takapuna Grammar School Premier Boys 3rd place Secondary Schools Nationals 2002 and 03
- Heat Reserves and Western Bay Suns qualified for 3 consecutive 2nd Division Men Finals Weekends 2006-08
- Tauranga Boys College Super 8 Champions 2009
- Western Bay Basketball Association U19 Boys Zone 2 Premiership Winners 2009
- National Champions Harbour U21 Women 2011
- Harbour Basketball Coach of the Year 2011
- National Champions Harbour U23 Men 2013 (undefeated season 19-0)
- Harbour U23 Men Regional Sports Team of the Year – North Harbour Sports Awards 2013