Jan Stirling

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Jan Stirling
Personal information
Born (1955-07-20) 20 July 1955 (age 63)[1]
Adelaide, South Australia
Country  Australia
Sport Women's basketball

Jan Stirling (née Graham, born 20 July 1955) is a former Australian women's basketball player and coach.


Stirling played for the Australia women's national basketball team during the 1970s and competed for Australia at the 1975 World Championship held in Colombia.[2] In the domestic Women's National Basketball League (WNBL), Stirling played 163 games for North Adelaide.[3][4]

Following her retirement in 1991, Stirling went on to become a successful basketball coach. Stirling led Adelaide Lightning to 12 straight Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) finals appearances between 1993 and 2004 and five consecutive Grand Final appearances resulting in four Championships. Stirling was WNBL Coach of the Year in 1993. Stirling became an assistant coach of the Opals in 1994 and became head coach in 2001, the first time a former Australian player, and a woman, had ever taken charge of the Opals.[5] In 2004, Stirling quit the Lightning to concentrate full-time on coaching the Opals.[6]

Stirling had immediate success as national coach, winning a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships in China. She then led the Opals to silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, to gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, gold at the 2006 FIBA world championship in Brazil and silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.[5] As a result, Stirling has been described as Australia's most successful basketball coach.[7]

Following the 2008 Olympics, Stirling stepped down as the Opals head coach, becoming a consultant to the Russian Basketball Federation.[5] Since 2010, Stirling has been assisting Port Adelaide Power with their Leadership program.[7][8] In November 2010, Basketball Australia appointed Stirling as Manager of the national program of the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Program.[9] Stirling was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for her contribution to sport - as an elite coach, player and as a contributor to professional development and the community.[5]

In 2013, Stirling was elected to the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.[10]


  1. ^ Jan Stirling. South Australian Government. Sport & Recreation. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  2. ^ FIBA Archive. 1975 World Championship for Women Australia. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  3. ^ Players with 100 or more career games Archived 17 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Basketball Australia. Women's National Basketball League. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  4. ^ Women's National Basketball League. WNBL All-time playing list (page 36) Archived 15 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  5. ^ a b c d Jan Stirling AM. Celebrity Speakers. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  6. ^ Howell, Stephen (10 February 2005). Stirling to hold on to Opals coaching post. The Age. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Caroline (9 April 2010). Girl Power. The Age. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  8. ^ Capel, Andrew (24 November 2009). Jan Stirling joins Power. The Advertiser (Sunday Mail). Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  9. ^ Jan Stirling to head up Australian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Program. Basketball Australia (26 November 2010). Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  10. ^ Basketball Australia. Hall of Fame: Jan Stirling. Retrieved 2016-01-30.