Derek Rucker looks for a clean path against Mackay.
Derek Rucker looks for a clean path against Mackay. Mike Richards

Super star Derek Rucker steps in to guide the Power

AHEAD of the biggest game on the Power's calendar, playing Rockhampton at home, a major coaching reshuffle has taken place for the Gladstone men's Queensland Basketball Side.

Former NBL star Derek Rucker has stepped in, replacing outgoing head coach Steve Bowden and will lead the side for the remainder of the 2014 season.

The announcement was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, with Rucker posting the news on his Facebook page on Tuesday night.

"I'm excited to announce that I have agreed to become the Head Coach of the Port City Power in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL) for the remainder of the 2014 season," Rucker's post said.

"My goal is to instil a brand of basketball that is fundamentally sound, exciting and competitive."

Bowden spoke to The Observer yesterday about the change in personnel at a critical time of the season for the struggling Power mens outfit.

"Derek played one game for us and we filled the stadium," Bowden said.

"So we had a look and said is there an opportunity here?"

Quick to point his had been a caretaker-type role from the start of the season, Bowden was excited about the prospect of a marquee name taking charge of the local side, hopeful a boost in community interest in the side would follow.

"We've been feeling since I started that we needed a marquee person at the club... someone with his ability to attract players," Bowden said.

With the Power to host local rivals Rockhampton at Kev Broome Stadium in Gladstone on Saturday night, the announcement that Rucker will be holding the clipboard is sure to drag a few extra fans along to see if the experienced Rucker can turn around the Power's fortunes.