Kookaburras Coaches


Position: Men’s Head Coach

Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria

Playing Career: 1979 – 1990

International Coaching Career: 2001 – Present

Batch was appointed Kookaburras coach in December 2016, joining with a wealth of international coaching experience having been head coach of Belgium (2010-2012) and New Zealand (2012-2016). Batch played 175 times for Australia including several years as vice-captain. He was also an ex-Australia assistant coach during which time the team won Olympic gold and bronze in 2004 and 2008 respectively. During Batch’s playing career, he was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1986 World Cup and twice a bronze medallist at the World Cups of 1982 and 1990.

Batch guided Australia to World League Final glory in late 2017, re-claiming their world number one status. Batch’s Kookaburras held the number one ranking throughout 2018 with Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy wins, before falling to second following their bronze medal at the World Cup in December.



Position: Men’s Assistant Coach

Hometown: Townsville, Queensland

Playing Career: 2001 – 2014

International Coaching Career: 2016 – Present

Rob Hammond was a member of the Kookaburras from 2001 to 2014, playing 256 games in a decorated career. The Townsville native was part of Australia’s 2004 Athens Olympics gold medal-winning side and won Olympic bronze in 2008. He also won gold at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Hammond was appointed Senior Men’s Assistant Coach in February 2017, after spells as WA Diamonds head coach and as the Burras assistant coach for the 2016 Junior World Cup.





Position: Men’s Assistant Coach

Hometown: Cairns, Queensland

Indoor playing Career: 1990 – 2003

International Coaching Career: 2017 – Present

Anthony Potter gained an abundance of international coaching experience over the past 15 years having coached across variety roles in the Dutch and Belgium national leagues as well as being an assistant coach for the Belgian Under-21 National teams.

Potter was formerly a member of the Australian Indoor team from 1990 to 2003 where he reached 90 caps and was also previously the National Indoor coach from 2012 to 2015.