6 September 1970 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Listed weight||183 lb (83 kg)|
|High school||Upper Yarra Secondary College
(Yarra Junction, Victoria)
|Pro playing career||1988–2009|
|1998–2000||Near East B.C.|
|2002||Andrea Costa Imola|
|2003||San Antonio Spurs|
|2008–2009||Gold Coast Blaze|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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 clubs 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 achievements
- 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 records
- 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 Sport
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. He officially signed with the team on 6 April as the Dragons' inaugural captain. 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. 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.
On 24 February 2012, Shane Heal became the coach of the Sydney Kings after former coach Ian Robilliard stood down. 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. Heal began his Sydney Kings coaching career with a 71-69 win against the Townsville Crocodiles on 26 February 2012.
- Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 174013060X.
- Bernard, Grantley (3 March 2006). "Heal weighs up Dragons captaincy". Herald Sun.
- South Dragons (2005). Heal back in black. Retrieved 6 April 2006.
- South Dragons (2006). Price resigns, Heal new head coach. Retrieved 23 October 2006.
- "Dragons and Heal part ways". South Dragons. 1 February 2008.
- MightyMite Sydney Kings announce 25th Anniversary Team
- Young, Heal win Player and Coach of the Month
- Heal signs with Saints
|NBL Rookie of the Year
|NBL Most Improved Player