About the Rise Up Basketball team

Read about how it all started

Dan Bungard

Director / Coach
I’ve always had a passion for sport and a desire to see others succeed.

With Rise Up, I get the best of both worlds!

I love the Hibiscus Coast; its people, its community, the schools and the sporting institutes. These have provided opportunities personally for me that I am truly appreciative of. And now, I feel it’s my responsibility to continue to provide those same opportunities to the next generation, our future generations.

It all starts with the fundamentals. Rise Up Basketball is the fundamental base for kids on the Hibiscus Coast to start their journey. It’s important, not only for the kids to learn basketball and become better athletes, but to grow into successful young adults and learn the important aspects of being part of a team. Continuing to build on these foundations, I believe, will provide pathways and opportunities to your child through the world of basketball.

The team and I look forward to working with your child to develop their talents further, provide a valuable growing environment and have some fun!

Ripeka Tahiwi


I recently fell into the world of Basketball through Dan, though my sporting background has always been Netball. I’ve coached all levels, ages and abilities for over 16 years.

Coaching, to me is an exciting role and being able to train such eager young athletes is very rewarding. I really enjoy teaching basic fundamentals, movement and shooting techniques to help build confidence and a good skill base. Seeing players succeed is always a highlight of any session, as well as all the high fives!

Working with the Hibiscus Coast basketball families, has shown me the true passion this community has for their sports.Through Rise Up, we hope to increase player participation and enjoyment for all that wish to learn and become successful athletes and people…

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If you are interested in any of our programmes, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!