Basketball England Announce National Team Coaching Staff

Basketball England have announced their coaching staff as the three-day training camp at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester got underway on Monday.

As revealed by Hoopsfix on Sunday, Alan Keane (U18s), Guy Coles (U17s), James Vear (U16s) and Manuel Pena Garces (U15s) have been selected as head coaches of the respective age groups.

Vear had been assistant coach of the GB Under-20s, while Keane served as the Under-16 Head Coach since 2013 with Guy as his assistant. It is also Reading Rockets play-caller Pena Garces’ first coaching role with England.

“This is an exciting time as we are actively looking to change, develop and improve the sport here in this country by taking it to the very next level,” said Basketball England’s Technical and Performance Manager Vladan Dragosavac.

“Our appointment of the new England national programme staff represents a fundamentally important step in that whole process.

“I’m delighted that we now have the very best youth coaches in England at our disposal and would like to commend all of them for taking on such responsibilities at a key moment for English basketball.”

Here is the full breakdown of the coaching staff set-up..

Under-15s

Head Coach: Manuel Pena Garces
Assistant Coach: Christopher Bourne
Team Manager: Justin Edison
Performance Analyst: Hugh Wilkinson
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Hani Assi
Physiotherapist: Peter Thain
Apprentice Coach: Ian Hewitt.

Under-16s

Head Coach: James Vear
Assistant Coach: Adam Davies
Team Manager: TBC
Performance Analyst: Ieuan Alex Jones
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Tom Shaw
Physiotherapist: Mark Dayson
Apprentice Coach: Billy Beddow.

Under-17s

Head Coach: Guy Coles
Assistant Coach: Mark Jarram
Team Manager: TBC
Performance Analyst: Adam Sewell
Strength & Conditioning Coach: TBC
Physiotherapist: James Saunders
Apprentice Coach: Peter Charlwood.

Under-18s

Head Coach: Alan Keane
Assistant Coach: Ian Macleod
Team Manager: Pete Daines
Performance Analyst: Peter Berenyi
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Patrick Waplington
Physiotherapist: Ellen Scott
Apprentice Coach: Rob Newson.

The second and final training camp for the Under-16’s and Under-18’s will take place in April ahead of the 2017 summer’s European Championships (draws here).

GB are yet to confirm their coaching staff but it is widely expected Alan Keane and James Vear will double up on their roles, with BBF interim CEO Lisa Wainwright having said they will be looking for continuity.

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