The Launceston Tornadoes have started to plan past the expiry of their NBL1 licence at the end of next season.
The club is already leaving no stone unturned in the wake of an underwhelming season that included coach Derrick Washington seeking new opportunities in the US.
The Tornadoes board are conducting a full review of recent seasons in which the side slipped down the ladder from SEABL runners-up to second last in the women's NBL1 competition this year.
The detailed analysis has included player exit reviews and feedback from sponsors, volunteers and a range of community interests.
Chairwoman Janie Finlay said the club will implement a three-year plan, hoping to coincide with the end of its second licence term in 2022.
"We're confident we'll be able to secure another two years going forward," Finlay said, "and what we wanted to do was to see what the next three years look like."
She said a number of board meetings throughout August has given "some real clarity on the pathway forward".
"We obviously have been considering our strategy and we haven't completely shut down any ideas," Finlay said.
The club will not conduct interviews to replace Washington until after the final completion of its review.
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Assistant coach Michael Johnstone was forced to take over four games from the end of the season.
Washington had first told a media conference on July 12 that "summertime back home" was when most new positions were available.
He remained in Australia for nearly another four weeks.
The loss of Tornadoes stars Lauren Mansfield to recover from a serious knee injury, Lauren Nicholson to Kilsyth Cobras, Ally Wilson to Frankston Blues and Ellie Collins to Hobart Huskies had heavily contributed to the slide.
The club slumped to a 4-16 record this year after a 16-7 season in 2018 that included two finals series wins before a championship game defeat to Bendigo Braves.
Finlay said it was a good time to once again develop a long-term strategy for the direction of the club.
That was what the former Launceston mayor did more than six years ago on her arrival, ensuring the Torns four consecutive seasons of finals basketball until this year.
"When I first got appointed to chair, we mapped out a five-year plan," she said.
"It took us six to nine months, I think, to work through the process. That's when it's always fascinating when we come out of a season. The board works really hard now - it's like we're in our own season."
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