Browns Plains State High School class of 1995 graduate Michael Davie is an example of how dreams can come true through hard work and perseverance.
Mr Davie, who is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team, shared in the team’s big win at the NBA Championships on the 21st July 2021.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ victory was their first win at the NBA Championship finals in 50 years.
“It was intense … it’s been a long journey to get to the championship,” Mr Davie said.
“They hadn’t won a playoff series in 20 years, let alone getting to the finals.”
Mr Davie said the most rewarding thing about being the strength and conditioning coach for the Milwaukee Bucks was helping other people achieve their dreams.
“You’ve got players that are trying to develop physically so they can play the game at that elite level,” he said.
“The satisfaction of seeing them grow and develop and evolve, and become successful – that’s what it’s all about.”
Mr Davie’s passion for basketball began while attending Browns Plains High School between 1991-1995.
He represented the Logan basketball team, and regularly practiced in the school sports auditorium out of school hours with his friends.
He completed his studies at TAFE and enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at QUT at the age of 21.
“During that degree, I wanted to become a basketball coach,” he said.
He interned at the Queensland Academy of Sport and worked his way up to becoming the strength and conditioning coach for the Australian Swimming Team, who he accompanied to the London Olympics in 2012.
From 2007 to 2015, Mr Davie worked with a range of elite sports teams in rowing, sailing, swimming, diving, cricket, triathlon, football, hockey, baseball, basketball, netball, and rugby.
He also worked with Queensland Ballet, Brisbane Roar, and the British Basketball team before landing a job with the Milwaukee Bucks and moving to the United States with his wife and 5 children.
Witnessing the team’s victory at the NBA Championship was a special moment in Mr Davie’s career.
“It’s just deeply satisfying, especially where we came from,” Mr Davie said.
“When we got to the team, they were one of the worst teams on the league.
“We kept getting better, kept growing as a team, and overcame the obstacles that were coming our way, so it just made for a very satisfying performance.”
Mr Davie, who grew up in Browns Plains after moving from New Zealand in 1988, hoped his journey would encourage others from his home town to follow their dreams.
“I obviously grew up in that community, so I understand that community and what it’s all about,” he said.
“To the young people … if you set your dream, and then work towards that dream, and find some mentors that can help you, you just don’t know what you can achieve.”
More job opportunities for Australians have recently become available in the NBA.
“My dream was to work in the NBA, and five years ago there were no overseas or Australian people in the league,” Mr Davie said.
“Now quite a few of us are represented within the NBA, from coaches to sports science to strength and conditioning coaches to physical therapy.”