Elite Sport Development Program

@TC we are committed to empowering students to follow their passions. That is why in 2014, we started our Elite Sports Development Program (ESDP) with Basketball & Squash. Futsal was added to our program in 2016.
The ESDP will allow elite sportspeople, or those who aspire to play at an elite level, to train intensively in their chosen sport under expert coaches. We recognise that students will be at different stages in their sporting career and students will have the ability to vary their participation from 4 hours to 12 hours per week developing their sporting skills.

The ESDP is available to existing students @TC, as well as external applicants. Students within the ESDP are full members of the TC Community and students and parents are strongly encouraged to read the school prospectus and website to ensure that they are committed to the whole TC philosophy, not just to participate in the basketball, futsal or squash programs.

Applicants for the program will need to demonstrate their commitment to their studies, as well as their chosen sport. TC’s academic program requires high levels of independence from students and continuation in the ESDP will require students to maintain a high level of academic progress.


We are delighted to have acclaimed Basketball coach, Ian Stacker to head up the overall program. Ian joined TC having been the Head Coach of the Australian Institute of Sport’s Men’s Basketball Team, he was formerly the Basketball Victoria State Director of Coaching for 12 years, he is also a two time NBL Coach of the Year Award winner and a former Head Coach of the Gold medal winning National Young Men’s Team, just to name a few of his achievements. 

Year Award
2010 - 2013 Head Coach AIS Men's Basketball
2008 - 2010 Assistant Coach Melbourne Tigers NBL
1998 - 2006 Head Coach Townsville Crocodiles NBL
1998 Assistant Coach North Melbourne Giants NBL
1997 Assistant Coach South East Melbourne Magic NBL
1996 Head Coach Geelong Supercats NBL
1988 - 1995 Assistant Coach South East Melbourne Magic NBL Champions 1992
2001 Head Coach National Young Men’s Team
Saitama, Japan 8th place
1997 Head Coach National Young Men’s Team
Melbourne, Australia Gold Medal
2001 NBL Coach of the Year
2003 NBL Coach of the Year
1984 - 1996 Basketball Victoria State Director of Coaching
1984 - 1988 Victorian Under 18 Boys State Coach
1989 Victorian Under 20 Boys State Coach
1984 - 1987 NBL Player: Nunawading Spectres

From 2017 onwards, our ESDP Basketball coaching team was joined by Alison Tranquili. Alison, or Cookie as she is known, has represented Australia at two Olympics, winning a silver and a bronze medal. Alison works with our girls team to pass on her extensive knowledge of Basketball and the mindset required by elite Athletes.           


Vicki Cardwell BEM, Australian former World No. 1 squash player coaches our ESDP squash students. Vicki was one of the leading players on the international squash circuit winning the World Open in 1983, and capturing the British Open title four consecutive times in 1980-83. Further titles include four World Masters Championships titles between 1987 and 1995. Vicki has been inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame and the Squash Australia Hall of Fame. The Australian government has also acknowledged her contribution and services to Australian sport by awarding her the British Empire Medal.



Leading our Futsal Program we have Australian Futsal Coach, Gui Costa. Currently the Head Coach of Melbourne Brasil Futsal Academy, Gui has lived in Australia for the last 15 years. He has coached 4 nations in the lead up to their Futsal World Cup campaigns including New Zealand, Australia (men and women), Samoa and Fiji National teams. Gui has coached in 3 World Cups and is one of the most recognised figures in Futsal in Australia.

Our ESDP Futsal program has now grown to two groups, with former students having represented Australia at youth level.

What Standard is required?

The ESDP Program is designed for those students who are either performing at a Rep or equivalent level, and who are aspiring to an elite level. Appointments to discuss entry to ESDP and the standard required should contact Wendy Harford wha@tc.vic.edu.au at the school.