The Heathmont College Sports Academy has been established to enhance students Sporting, Academic and Vocational opportunities through a holistic sporting approach. Encouraging students to be engaged in a program that aims to help them reach their potential in all areas of life.

The aim of Heathmont College Sports Academy is to:

  • Offer a student-athlete friendly environment, welcoming students of all abilities who have a hunger to get better.
  • Further develop the athlete’s knowledge through a holistic sporting approach including academic curriculum, health and wellbeing, performance analysis, fitness testing, sports psychology, game sense education and many more.
  • Deliver an opportunity to extend their sporting talents via a detailed, supportive and flexible sports academy curriculum that covers enhancement opportunities, match-play, strength and conditioning education, high-performance training, nutrition and recovery education.
  • Provide professionally accredited coaches that oversee each academy program and facilitate team and individual feedback through the standard academy structure and term-based progress meetings.
  • Expose athlete to competition opportunities through school sport, interschool sport and other sporting academies.
  • Training opportunities both at school and in the wider community.
  • Fully tailored strength and conditioning program for each student that is reviewed as needed.
  • Support students in future career planning, development and aspirations through numerous strands including sporting pathways.
  • Mentor student-athletes through all experiences at Heathmont College (Holistic approach)

Sports Academy Facilities

Heathmont College Sports Centre
Indoor Cardio Gym
Oval connecting to sport centres
Outdoor Tennis/Netball Courts
Commercial Grade Gym
Hope Centre for Academia and education presentations
Gym Equipment
Indoor Competition grade Basketball Court

Programs Offered

AFL / AFLW Basketball ADP (Athlete Development Program)*


  • ADP (Athlete Development Program) – This Athlete Development Program will focus on providing a strength and conditioning, cardio and recovery, program tailored to the student-athletes identified sport. This program will also provide students the opportunity to cross learn through other sports.



BRIAN VAUGHNS –Sports Academy Director
Head Basketball Coach
Playing Career Coaching and Development Coaching Philosophy
  • 15-year Career
  • Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
  • Played professionally in Germany, Greece, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Switzerland
  • Started the Maribyrnong Sports Academy Basketball Program:
  • providing 45 US College pathways for student-athletes, 35 State Team Representatives and 10 National Team Representatives. (13 years)
  • Head Program Basketball Coach at St. Michael’s Grammar (10 years)
  • Head Senior Women’s Coach at Hume City (2 years) – Big V Coach of the Year 2012
  • Head Senior Women’s Coach at Camberwell (3 years) – Big V Coach of the Year 2014
  • Head Senior Men’s Coach at Whittlesea (3 years) Big V
  • Director of Coaching at Doncaster Basketball Club (3 years)
I have been involved in basketball for close to 40 years at the elite level of playing and coaching. My goal is to help every athlete achieve a level of success through understanding self-discipline and self-evaluation.
My philosophy is “Athlete First and Winning Second”. Winning is the application of skills learned and I am dedicated to helping athletes learn and master the skills required to compete at elite levels, but more importantly help athletes define their abilities to become successful in life and sport. As a professional athlete I have had the opportunity to understand the different facets of basketball from various countries around the world which has helped to grow my knowledge of the sport from both the USA and FIBA rules. Allowing me to help all players that I teach, coach and guide throughout the Sports Academy program.
Richard Morrow – AFL/AFLW Head Coach
Playing Career Coaching and Development Coaching Philosophy
  • Currently Completing AFL Level 3 Coaching Course in 2023
  • AFL Level 2 Coach Accreditation 2018
I have been involved in coaching for the majority of the past decade. The constant challenge of player development excites me.
  • Coaching within the high-performance environments of North Melbourne’s next generation academy (NGA) and from within the AFL’S Premier National under 18 competitions as a Line Coach at the Western Jets
  • Involved at both Rep & Club Junior Level in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne
  • Worked as a Football coach for several Schools over the years (Geelong College and St Michaels Grammar to name a few)






I have a deep love of sport with a particular passion for AFL. Combine that with an enjoyment of helping young people get the best out of themselves made it an easy decision to join Heathmont College in 2023. From Under 13’s Age level and above I have coached players through to the elite talent pathways & into the AFL. I enjoy the challenge of being involved with like-minded people who continually want to better themselves on and off the field. I’ve always been inspired to help young people to excel and learn about life’s opportunities and challenges, as well as what’s required to seize and overcome them. I am excited to join the team in 2023 and meeting all involved.


My expertise is around:

  • Game knowledge 
  • Skill Acquisitions and 
  • On-going Mentoring



MEG DARGAN – Assistant Basketball Coach / Program Officer
Playing Career
Coaching and Development
Coaching Philosophy
  • 10-year playing career – BigV Senior State
  • Championship and Division 1 competition (Warrandyte Venom)
  • Division 1 Championship Captain (2013 – Warrandyte Venom)
  • 3x Senior Women MVP (Warrandyte Venom)
  • Golden Hands BigV Award Winner (2012)
  • Women’s VAFA AFL Women’s Competition (current)
Bachelor Degree – Exercise and Health Science
  • Masters of Teaching (Physical Education/Health)
  • Level 2 Basketball Coach (Basketball Victoria)
  • Basketball Referee (Basketball Victoria)
  • Eastern Independent Schools of Melbourne
  • Basketball Coach (Aquinas College – 2012)
  • Aussie Hoops Junior Coach (Warrandyte Venom/Redbacks)
I am a strong advocate for participation in sport and believe that persistence and hard work will equate to success, both in sport and academically. I have a true passion for providing opportunities for student-athletes to flourish and grow as individuals, whilst keeping a keen focus on promoting teamwork, equality, and respect for everyone. I hope to share my passion for sport to inspire our athletes of Heathmont College Sports Academy to strive for excellence in all that they do.




  • Seniors: Monday, Wednesday and Friday , 7:30am – 9:00am
  • Intermediates: Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30am – 9:00am + Wednesday 3:15pm – 4:30pm
  • Juniors: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:15pm – 4:30pm
  • ADP Athletes: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30am – 9:00am
  • All athlete training groups are provided with Strength and Conditioning (S&C) sessions


SENIORS Technical Training: 7:30am – 9:00am S&C Training 3:15pm – 4:45pm Technical Training: 7:30am – 9:00am S&C Training: 3:15pm – 4:45pm Technical Training: 7:30am – 9:00am
INTERMEDIATES S&C Training: 7:30am – 9:00am & 3:15pm – 4:45pm (Group Basis) Technical Training: 7:30am – 9:00am Technical Training: 3:15pm – 4:30pm Technical Training: 7:30am – 9:00am S&C Training: 7:30am – 9:00am (Group Basis)
JUNIORS Technical Training: 3:15pm – 4:30pm Technical Training:  3:15pm – 4:30pm

S&C Training: 7:30am – 9:00am (Group Basis)

S&C Training: 7:30am – 9:00am (Group Basis) Technical Training: 3:15pm – 4:30pm

S&C Training: 7:30am – 9:00am (Group Basis)

ADP (Athlete Development Program) Training: 7:30pm – 9:00am Training: 7:30am – 9:00am Training: 7:30am – 9:00am

Sports Academy sessions include:

  • Elite Coaching – Large Groups, Teams, Individuals
  • Technical Skill development
  • Tactical Skill development
  • Health, Wellbeing & Mentoring sessions
  • Competitions/Inter-academy competitions
  • Fitness testing, Data Analysis & Video Analysis
  • Peer Analysis and Assessment
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Rehab & Recovery
  • Academic Support

At Heathmont College, we value the importance of education. Importantly, Heathmont College Sports Academy will offer ongoing support to all student-athletes to help balance their demanding schedules. This will be arranged through term-based progress meetings and weekly academic support classes that are offered to all academy students.

*Weekly academic support classes must be attended by those students who have failed to hand in work on time to a satisfactory standard.

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Use this form to request additional information from a Heathmont College Sports Academy Coach  or contact Brian at

Coach Conversation

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Are you interested? Start the Application Process Below

If applying through the Grade 6 to Year 7 Transition process please place Heathmont College as your 1st preference on your Transition Placement Form.

If you are currently enrolled in a secondary school or study centre you will also need to complete the Application for Enrolment found on our website under Enrolments / Application for Enrolment. Based upon your application you may be interviewed by an Assistant Principal and Director of Sports Academy for enrolment.

Please complete the following form to apply to the Heathmont College Sports Academy.

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  • Note: The Gifted Athelete program focuses on talent identified through a range of different streams including individual sports such as track and field, swimming, gymnastics and more. It also targets sports that may not otherwise be offered within the sports academy.
  • What are your aspirations/goals in your chosen sport over the next 12 months?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


It is important when looking to apply to Heathmont College Sports Academy, you choose Heathmont College as your preferred school. Once enrolled with Heathmont College, we will then process your enrolment in Sports Academy.. If accepted, this means you have a position in the academy for that calendar year. You do not automatically get accepted the following year. Student-Athletes are required to maintain a minimum behaviour and academic standard, as well as abide by all terms and conditions set out in the ‘Student-Athlete Agreement’ that is signed at the commencement of each year. Students who fail to meet these standards or fail to uphold the agreement, may have academy sessions taken away from them or even worse, will forfeit their position in the Academy when deemed by the Director, selection panel and Heathmont College. NO REFUNDS will be given to students who forfeit their position. A yearly review/application process will be undertaken throughout the year as to whether your child will receive placement the following year.

Brian Vaughns – Sports Academy Director