Son of legendary NBL coach charged with looking after underage girls for sex and ‘using social media to ask for explicit photos’
- Jaydon Beveridge, 21, is in charge of caring for girls between the ages of 14 and 16
- He reportedly cared for teenage girls and asked for explicit photos for three years
- The junior basketball coach is also said to have given alcohol to a 15-year-old girl
- Jaydon is the son of legendary NBL coach Rob Beveridge, who is in the NSW Hall of Fame
The son of a legendary basketball coach has been accused of grooming several teenage girls for sex online.
Jaydon Beveridge, a junior basketball coach in Wollongong on NSW’s south coast, is said to have cared for several teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16.
The 21-year-old, recently named Coach of the Year, cared for the girls via social media and asked for explicit photos of them between April 2017 and January 2020, police say.
His father, Rob Beveridge, is one of Australia’s most valued coaches in the National Basketball League.
21-year-old Jaydon Beveridge (left with father Rob Beveridge) is accused of sexually oriented teenage girls. His father is a highly regarded NBL coach
The 21-year-old (pictured, left) cared for the girls via social media and asked for explicit photos of them between April 2017 and January 2020, police say
Police raided his home in Wollongong on June 16 and confiscated several electronic items.
Beveridge was arrested on Thursday at Wollongong Police Station and charged with nursing a child for unlawful sexual activity over the age of 14 and under the age of 16 and inciting worse indecency against a victim under 16 and under his authority.
In January of this year, the junior coach reportedly also supplied alcohol to a 15-year-old girl.
After appearing in court on Thursday, Beveridge was released on bail and brought to trial in Wollongong on August 11.
Jaydon Beveridge (pictured) was named ‘Junior Coach of the Year’ for Basketball Illawarra in 2019
The 21-year-old worked as a junior coach for Basketball Illawarra and was named ‘Junior Coach of the Year’ in October 2019.
Rob Beveridge’s long list of accolades includes coaching over 300 games in the NBL and assistant coaching of the Boomers at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Throughout his career with the NBL, Mr. Beveridge has been the head coach of the Perth Wildcats, Western Sydney Razorbacks and the Illawarra Hawks.
He was also the head basketball coach at the NSW Institute of Sport from 1997 to 2007.
Mr. Beveridge had also led Australian men under the age of 20 to World Cup gold.
In the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, he was an assistant coach to Australia, who won silver.
He also led Australia to a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne – and is part of the 2019 Basketball NSW Hall of Fame Class.
Maria Nordstrom, CEO of Basketball NSW said all members and parents of the Illawarra Basketball Association had been notified of Beveridge’s arrest.
BNSW takes the safety of its employees, players and members very seriously. We conducted our own internal investigations and we assist the police in their investigations, “said Ms. Nordstrom, according to The Geelong Advertiser.
“We urge anyone with information to come forward and report inappropriate behavior to the NSW police.”
Rob Beveridge’s long list of accolades includes coaching over 300 games in the NBL and assisting the Boomers at the 2004 Athens Olympics