Mark Leader joined the Devonport Warriors NBL team in 1983 after graduating from Western Oregon University.
A 6 month holiday in Australia that turned into a 12-year NBL playing career that included championships in 1989 and 1994 with the North Melbourne Giants.
Leader, who is the only Giants player to be a part of the two title runs, he also captained the squad from 1993 to 1995.
After his career Leader turned his hand to coaching, first with the Giants NBL program as an assistant under Brett Brown and then as head coach of the Ballarat Miners and Geelong Supercats in the state league where he won national championships at both clubs.
Mark joins Dan Boyce on the podcast to discuss Tasmanian Hoops in the 1980s, Geelong Supercats returning to the NBL and his championship seasons in 1989 and 1994.
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