WITH the Big V season done and dusted, Warrnambool Seahawks import Xavier Johnson-Blount now has more time to dedicate to his other passion - coaching.
The 2016 Seahawks championship player finished the season with his second Big V Player of the Month award after averaging 33.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists across the final six games of the division one season.
Johnson-Blount was pleased to score the individual award after all his hard work in the gym but said it was bittersweet not lifting the championship trophy at the end of the season.
Now his focus shifts to helping lead the club's under 18s side to a Victorian Country Championships title in February next year and on undergoing his Australian naturalisation process.
"I'll be staying in Warrnambool for a bit and my visa should be approved between now and October and I'll have people help me with some work options," he said.
"I'm coaching the under 18 squad team and I'll put all of my effort into developing these boys and trying to take them to be Country champs this year.
"I'm giving all my time and energy to give back to some of the kids in Warrnambool and teach them some tricks that I have learnt in the (United) States."
Johnson-Blount, Alex Gynes and Liam Osborne will form the selection panel for the squad that will represent the club at lead-up tournaments to the country championships.
The American said it was a passion of his to help unearth the next Nathan Sobey, who is one of his good friends.
"I love it (coaching) and if I could do that for the rest of my life I would love it," he said. "I have learnt so much from great coaches back in America through college, professionally and even in high school.
"I had a lot of great mentors to come and develop me and being able to teach some of these kids in another continent about some of the tricks and ways to play the game and try to feed it to them it can help them a lot.
"That's what I am here for (to help develop future stars). There are a lot of kids here that have potential but at the same time things don't come easy and you are going to have to work hard.
"I am in a position now where I can develop and teach and teach consistently and they can take what I give them and they can do it on their own and then whenever we meet up again we can continue to advance and grow."
Johnson-Blount's fourth season in Australia saw him play 17 games, playing 657 minutes and averaging 32 points, 6.29 rebounds and three assists a game as the Seahawks finished ninth on the division one table.
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